TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
Kreilach, 28, joins RSL from Union Berlin of Germany’s 2. Bundesliga, where he scored 33 goals in 147 matches over the past five seasons and became a fan favorite.
“We’re really excited about bringing Damir in. He’s got a ton of experience and challenges our depth immediately,” said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a club release. “He brings talent. He brings leadership – he was the co-captain at Union Berlin. He’s a good person. He’s going to be a good fit in our locker room.”
According to Union’s website, the German club released Kreilach from his contract, which ran until summer 2019, at his request as he pursued a “dream” move to MLS. He made his final match appearance for Union on Monday night, playing 71 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld.
"I've played for two clubs in my 10 professional years so far, [Croatian side HNK] Rijeka and Union. Now I have the chance to make a dream come true and to go to America with my family,” said Kreilach, a former Croatian youth international. “That is why I am very grateful to Union for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity. I know that's not a matter of course.”
He will occupy an international slot on Salt Lake’s roster and will join the club in preseason, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and visa.