Real Salt Lake Midfielder Sunday Stephens Leaving Club

Nov 20, 2018, 4:59 PM
Scott Mctominay #39 of Manchester United directs the ball away from Sunday Stephen #8 of Real Salt ...
Scott Mctominay #39 of Manchester United directs the ball away from Sunday Stephen #8 of Real Salt Lake in the first half of the International friendly game at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 17, 2017 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SANDY, Utah – RSL midfielder Sunday ‘Sunny’ Stephen announced on Twitter that he will be leaving Real Salt Lake Lake after the club has declined his option.

The midfielder veteran was told by club management that his option would not be picked up for 2019.  Real Salt Lake will announce all of their contract options on Monday.

Following their playoff exit against Sporting Kansas City, players had their exit physicals and interviews.

Sunny had a contract dispute in the 2017 offseason where since that time to now, he has asked general manager Craig Waibel, coach Mike Petke and former RSL head coach Jeff Cassar to increase his salary.

When his request wasn’t granted, Stephen’s stayed in Spain and did not report to training camp prior to the 2018 season. The midfielder made $288,000 this past season for Real Salt Lake.

This last season, Sunny played in 23 games and started 16 matches. He has scored one goal in the 59 regular seasons games that he participated in with RSL.

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