Pollsters sign free agent MF Albert Rusnak
October 30, 2021; Sandy, Utah, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) warms up before their game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger – USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Sounders signed free agent midfielder Albert Rusnak through the 2023 season with a team option for 2024.
Rusnak, 27, will occupy a Designated Player spot on the roster, according to the deal announced by the team on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to welcome a player of such quality as Albert to Seattle,” Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “At 27, he is in his prime and already knows our championship very well. We are confident that his addition puts our team in a very good position to succeed in 2022.”
Rusnak has spent the past five seasons with Real Salt Lake, scoring 41 goals and 39 assists in 140 games (135 starts).
The Slovakia native has started all 34 matches in 2021 and registered 11 goals and 11 assists. He finished second to RSL in goals and tied for team leader in assists.
“I am very pleased to add a player of Albert’s caliber to our roster,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said in a statement. “For years he was one of the toughest players we had to face, so I’m more than happy to be able to welcome him to our team as pre-season camp begins.”
Internationally, Rusnak has scored seven goals in 34 appearances for the Slovak national team.
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