Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan has signed a pre-contract with Danish club Randers, meaning he will leave MLS after the current season to join Randers on January 1, 2010. Movsisyan is in the final year of his MLS contract and is allowed to sign with a new club six months before his current contract expires.
A first-round pick in 2006 by Kansas City, Movsisyan has chosen to play out the final year of his initial four-year MLS contract, which means he will be able to leave Real Salt Lake on a free transfer. Patrick McCabe, Movsisyan's agent, confirmed the deal to SBI and revealed that Randers had approached RSL about a transfer fee to acquire Movsisyan during the summer but were turned down.
Movsisyan helped carry RSL to the MLS playoffs last season, but is enduring his ups and downs this season, managing four goals and two assists for Real Salt Lake. He has managed 16 goals and three assists over the course of four seasons.
Movsisyan's departure comes after a winter that saw Real Salt Lake lock up several other key players to new contracts, including Javier Morales, Jamison Olave and Chris Wingert. Movsisyan is set to make $70,582.50 this season with Real Salt Lake.
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