Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak returns for Western Conference Final: "I feel perfect"
While his team has embarked on the biggest Cinderella run of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak has watched from afar.
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, while also having the ability to score sensational goals of his own.
INTERNATIONAL: Rusnak also has five goals in 26 caps with the Slovakian national team. 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, added two more on October 16 against Sweden and November 16 against Ukraine and then struck for a fifth in Euro qualifiers against Hungary.
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.
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