MLS Ticker: RSL acquires Crooks, Rapids sell Galvan, and more

Real Salt Lake’s midfield just received a major boost ahead of the 2024 MLS season.

Matt Crooks has joined the Western Conference club from English second-division side Middlesbrough, the club announced Monday. The 30-year-old signed a three-year contract with RSL through the 2026 season.

“Everyone on the technical staff and in the front office are quite excited to welcome Matt Crooks to Salt Lake,” interim chief soccer officer and sporting director Kurt Schmid said in a release. “Matt is a player that should fit in very well on and off the field. He brings size and veteran leadership. He has good feet and his awareness on both sides of the ball really stands out.

Crooks has mainly featured in the lower divisions of England, totaling 341 appearances, 65 goals, and 26 assists. He has featured heavily for Middlesbrough and Rotherham United to date.

RSL opens their 2024 league schedule on Feb. 21 against Inter Miami.

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Rapids transfer Braian Galvan to Banfield

Braian Galvan’s time with the Colorado Rapids is officially over.

Galvan has been sold to Argentinian side Banfield, both clubs announced over the weekend. The 23-year-old Argentine spent four seasons in Colorado, logging four goals and four assists in 53 appearances.

“We’d like to thank Braian for all that he has done for the club on and off the pitch. We wish him all the best in the upcoming season,” Rapids president Pádraig Smith said in a release.

Galvan’s departure opens up an attacking spot in Chris Armas’ squad for 2024.

Fire, Jairo Torres mutually terminate contract

The Chicago Fire have a new Designated Player spot open ahead of the new league campaign.

Jairo Torres has departed the Eastern Conference club after both parties mutually agreed to part ways. The 23-year-old originally joined Chicago in February 2022, but failed to live up to expectations.

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