HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Groningen and signed on January 6, 2017. Re-signed to a multi-year contract through 2021.
Good things tend to come out of situations where Rusnak has the ball. He is a dynamic, attacking player whose passes often put his teammates in a position to score. Wrapping up his first year in MLS with 14 assists while also tacking on 7 goals, Rusnak will be looking to build off of his exciting debut season.
INTERNATIONAL: Rusnak also has four goals in 17 caps with the Slovakian National Team, making 16 appearances since coming to Utah. He scored his first international goal on March 22, 2018, in the King’s Cup in Thailand. He scored his second in a friendly with Denmark on September 18 and added two more on October 16 against Sweden and November 16 against Ukraine.
OUTSIDE MLS: Rusnak played the last three seasons with FC Groningen in the Netherlands' top flight, logging 61 appearances. In addition to starting regularly in the attacking midfield role in league play, he also started six matches in Europa League in 2015. The Slovakian international started his senior professional career with England's Manchester City in 2013, a product of the international powerhouse's youth academy for three seasons from 2010-13. He spent the first part of the 2013-14 season on loan with Oldham Athletic in England's League One before finishing out the year in the Championship with Birmingham City. The following season, he started the year on loan to Cambuur Leeuwarden in the Dutch Eredivisie before being transferred to FC Groningen in December of 2014.