Real Salt Lake brings back Chris Wingert

34-year-old will play 10th season with Real Salt Lake

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - RSL is bringing back a familiar face.

Real Salt Lake announced on Wednesday that the club has re-signed defender Chris Wingert, bringing the versatile veteran defender back for a tenth season with RSL and 14th season in Major League Soccer.

“We brought Chris back last season to bring depth to every position on our back line and provide a veteran presence in the locker room.  As he showed throughout the year, he is still a capable contributor and bringing him back for the 2017 season is a positive in all aspects,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel said.  “He is a positive influence in the locker room and on the field.”

Wingert, 34, got his professional career started in MLS in 2004 with the Columbus Crew and went on to play for the Rapids before landing with RSL in a mid-season trade in 2007.  He played eight seasons with Real Salt Lake before departing for a one-season stint with his hometown New York City FC in 2015.  Following the club’s inaugural season, he returned to the Wasatch Front in 2016 and now enters his 10th season with the Claret-and-Cobalt.

The Babylon, New York native has served as a cornerstone for Real Salt Lake on the field, in the locker room and in the Utah community, logging 224 career matches with the club.  In that time, he has one goal and 14 assists, playing mostly in a left back role.  In 2016, he started in 18 of his 20 appearances.  In addition, he started in RSL’s playoff match, giving him 19 starts in the club’s 22 all-time playoff matches.

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