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Sports News of Wednesday, 6 February 2019


MLS side Real Salt Lake sign Liberian forward Sam Johnson as Designated Player

Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake has signed Liberian forward Sam Johnson as Designated Player from Norwegian side Valerenga.

The striker joins RSL in training camp and will occupy an international roster slot pending receipt of his ITC and P1 visa.

“I’m ready for a new challenge in MLS. A lot of clubs came for me, but Real Salt Lake put more effort than the other clubs. I spoke with my advisor, I spoke with mom and some people who follow MLS closely and it was an easy decision for me,” Johnson said.

“I feel like I can showcase myself in one of the biggest leagues in the world. I’m excited to be here and I look forward to playing for the fans in Salt Lake City.”

The 25-year-old scored 11 goals in 21 matches last season for Valerenga to lead the team in scoring and rank sixth in the league during the Eliteserien season.

In addition, he scored two goals for the Liberian National Team, bringing his career total to two goals in 11 appearances since making his full international debut in 2015.

“I am happy to welcome Sam to the RSL family. It will be good to get him integrated with the players and staff and up to speed on how we play,” Head Coach Mike Petke said.

“The addition of Sam will provide us with a strong option up front and will certainly create further competition on an already deep roster.”