RSL re-signs goalkeeper Putna
Real Salt Lake also retained a goalkeeper on its roster, re-signing Andrew Putna on Friday.
Originally signing with RSL as the seventh player from Real Monarchs in July 2018, Putna now enters his fourth year with the MLS side. During the 2020 season, Putna featured in 15 matches for RSL totaling 1,350 minutes played while making 38 saves. In total, Putna has registered a 7-9-5 record in his time with the Western Conference club.
“First and foremost, I love Andrew’s work ethic,” RSL head coach Freddy Juarez said. “He understands hard work and that says everything about what RSL is. He comes early, he leaves late. Now he’s a proven quality goalkeeper in the league who is going to continue to grow.”
Originally drafted in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Putna made 74 appearances in four seasons with the University of Illinois-Chicago. He registered a 41-24-8 record with 30 shutouts and a 1.05 goals against average (GAA).
Report: Former NYCFC winger Mackay-Steven heading to Scotland
Before making the move to MLS, the Scottish winger also spent time at Celtic, Dundee United and Aberdeen. He will now aim to help Hearts earn promotion back to the top flight.
While at NYCFC, Mackay-Steven registered three goals and two assists in 34 games.
Crew signs Re-Entry selection Eric Dick
The Columbus Crew also made a goalkeeper addition on Friday following the trade of Jon Kempin to D.C. United.
2020 Re-Entry Draft selection Eric Dick signed a contract with the club, joining Eloy Room in the Crew’s goalkeeping corps. Dick joins from Sporting KC, where he was a former first round draft pick in 2018.
“We are pleased to welcome Eric to Columbus,” Crew SC President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “After earning beneficial USL Championship experience over the last few years, we look forward to working with him to continue his development as a goalkeeper.”
Dick spent time with USL sides Swope Park Rangers, FC Tulsa, and Phoenix Rising on loan. He made one MLS appearance in 2019, allowing six goals in a 90-minute performance.
At the collegiate level, Dick played for Butler University from 2014-2017, making 71 appearances. During his tenure with Butler, the goalkeeper helped the Bulldogs win the 2016 Big East Conference Championship while also being named the 2016 Big East Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the 2017 Big East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year.
Galaxy’s Skjelvik signs with Danish side Odense
Former L.A. Galaxy defender Jorgen Skjelvik won’t be returning to the club after signing a deal in the Danish Superliga.
Skjelvik spent last season on loan with Odense and will now join the club on a permanent deal, the Danish first tier side announced Thursday. The 29-year-old’s new deal with Odense will see him signed through 2023.
Skjelvik arrived at the Galaxy in December 2017 on a free transfer after spending his career in Norway and Sweden. He played in 32 of the Galaxy’s 34 regular season matches in 2018, but he only played in 20 matches for the Galaxy in 2019 prior to his loan.
His MLS career ends for now with 52 league appearances, dishing out four assists and scoring one goal in 4,266 MLS minutes.