HERRIMAN, Utah (Monday, July 11, 2022) – Real Salt Lake has permanently transferred MF Everton Luiz to SK Beveren (Belgian A2), the Utah-based Club announced. The Brazilian-born fan-favorite known simply as “Everton” made 62 starts in 82 MLS regular season / playoff appearances for the Claret-and-Cobalt in the past three-and-a-half seasons, since his arrival from Italian side SPAL at the beginning of the 2019 campaign.
Everton’s transfer marks the third transaction between Real Salt Lake and a member club of Owner David Blitzer’s growing football network, following FW Sergio Cordova’s arrival in February from FC Augsburg (German Bundesliga) and DF Chris Kablan’s loan earlier this season from SK Beveren.
Blitzer boasts interests in six European soccer entities, including Crystal Palace (England), FC Augsburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), ADO Den Haag (Netherlands), Alcorcón (Spain) and SK Beveren (Belgium).
“We share nothing but gratitude towards Everton for his time with and service to our Club,” said Real Salt Lake General Manager Elliot Fall, now in his 15th year with RSL. “Everton was a critical piece in both our 2019 and 2021 playoff pushes with him in the lineup, and we are glad we could facilitate his desired move back to Europe. We expect great success for him in Belgium, and are proud to call him a member of the RSL family.”
TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake transfer MF Everton Luiz to SK Beveren on Monday, July 11, 2022.
As of July 11, 2022, Real Salt Lake’s current roster during the ongoing MLS campaign, listed alphabetically by position, is as follows:
Goalkeepers (5): Gavin Beavers, Jeff Dewsnup, Zac MacMath, David Ochoa, Tomás Gómez
Defenders (11): Andrew Brody, Zack Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Bret Halsey, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Chris Kablan, Johan Kappelhof, Jaziel Orozco, Marcelo Silva, Tate Schmitt
Midfielders (10): Julio Benitez, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell, Maikel Chang, Bode Davis, Damir Kreilach, Jasper Löffelsend, Diego Luna, Pablo Ruiz, Jude Wellings
Forwards (9): Sergio Cordova, Chris Garcia, Anderson Julio, Axel Kei, Jonathan Menendez, Justin Meram, Rubio Rubin, Jefferson Savarino, Bobby Wood
Through the first 19 games of the 2022 MLS campaign, Real Salt Lake (8-5-6, 30 pts, 3rd West) ranks sixth overall in points per game for this year’s Supporters Shield race. For the first time in Club history, RSL has notched nine consecutive sellouts at Rio Tinto Stadium, while Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni has utilized 28 players throughout the injury-filled first half of the year, as the Club has lost nearly 140 combined games due to injury, suspension or international duty.
Real Salt Lake finished last season in dramatic fashion, booking its place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs on Decision Day before making a run to the Western Conference Final following a 14-14-6 regular-season record.