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Javier Morales announces Real Salt Lake departure

Javier Morales’ time with Real Salt Lake appears to be at an end.

The 36-year-old playmaker released a statement via Twitter Thursday indicating he had played his last game with the MLS side, and thanking his teammates, fans and the people of Utah.

“It is always difficult to say goodbye, but this goodbye hurts a little more,” Morales said. “After 10 years it time to leave a place which has felt like my home."

After spending most of his career his native Argentina, Morales arrived in Salt Lake in 2007 and became one of the team’s cornerstones alongside fellow midfielder Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

RSL went to the playoffs seven straight seasons from 2008 to 2014, winning the MLS Cup in 2009. It went to the CONCACAF Champions League final the following season, losing to Mexican side Monterrey.

Morales played 29 league games in 2016, scoring four times and notching three assists. He was the team’s leading chance creator with 72.

The Argentine midfielder is first all time on Real Salt Lake’s assist list with 81, second to Alvaro Saborio in goals with 49 and third to Rimando and Beckerman in appearances with 240.