What Exactly Happened Between Danny Musovski And RSL?
Nov 28, 2023, 11:11 AM
(Courtesy of Real Salt Lake)
SALT LAKE CITY – RSL went through some midseason drama surrounding forward Danny Musovski and his time away from the team due to contract negotiation issues.
This left Real Salt Lake fans wondering what exactly happened.
Roster decisions announced for #RSL
Damir Kreilach and Julio Benitez have their contract options declined. Scott Caldwell and Danny Musovski are out of contract.
— RSL Show on KSL (@rslshow) November 17, 2023
Musovski said that after contract negotiations lost traction, he became more frustrated.
“We weren’t seeing things the same way,” Musovski said. “I feel like they did me wrong too many times. I’m a tolerable person and I let it slide. The more it kept going, the more I was frustrated.”
Musovski decided to sit out in hopes that it would cause the front office to realize his impact. He was adamant about wanting to stay with RSL and thought that sitting out could speed up the process of making a deal.
“I sat out initially to get them to take some action,” Musovski said. “I think that did the reverse. It made them even angrier and even more upset. That’s not what I intended. I actually just wanted to make it happen to be here.”
The moose is loose
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 1, 2023
This move, however, didn’t play out how Musovski had hoped. Negotiations between Musovski and the club continued to lose momentum.
Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall gave his account of the whole situation.
“We had a long-running dialogue with Danny (Musovski) about a longer-term agreement,” Fall said. “We hadn’t been able to come to an agreement. Danny (Musovski) felt it was in his best interest to make a decision to step away at that time. He then came back and was a part of the group for the rest of the year. To his credit, a really positive contributing part of the group.”
Danny Musovski had a great year all things considered. He scored 9 goals across all competitions and was consistently one of the best playmakers for RSL.
It’s the Danny Musovski show!
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 5, 2023
He said that how things played out made him feel unwanted by the club.
“I’ve expressed to the front office that I want to be here,” Musovski said. “But, I don’t think they want me back.”
Fall said that he still has respect for Musovski as a professional and there are no hard feelings between the club and the Nevada native.
“We targeted Danny as a person we wanted to have here,” Fall said. “Sometimes these conversations can seem adversarial. It’s certainly nothing personal with Danny (Musovski). I have a lot of respect for him.”
Thank you, Danny, Scott, and Julio for everything you did for the club. We wish you all the best in the future!
— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) November 17, 2023
These quotes from Musovski and Fall came from Real Salt Lake’s end-of-season interviews earlier this month.
It was later announced that Musovski would move on to his next club following the end of his contract.
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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.
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