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Real Salt Lake re-sign Plata as DP


Real Salt Lake re-sign forward Joao Plata as Designated Player

Real Salt Lake announced that forward Joao Plata has signed a multi-year contract extension.

SANDY, Utah -- Real Salt Lake has re-signed forward Joao Plata to a multi-year contract and he will continue to hold a designated-player spot.

The 24-year-old Ecuador international was acquired from Toronto FC before the 2013 season and he has 30 goals and 30 assists in regular-season play with RSL.

"Ever since I came to Real Salt Lake, I've felt at home," Plata said. "The team, the players, the fans -- they all welcomed me and I'm happy to stay here for a long time."

MLS making strides toward becoming destination league, but has a way to go

Herculez Gomez evaluates the MLS rankings ahead of the new season, deciding who was properly rated and who was snubbed.

As Major League Soccer prepares for the start of its 22nd season on Friday, there is much for the league to celebrate. After not increasing its footprint in 2016, the arrival of two new teams, Atlanta United and Minnesota United, swells its ranks to 22 clubs with at least one more newcomer, Los Angeles FC, slated to arrive next year.

A dozen other markets are clamoring for four more coveted spots, all of them prepared to pay a $150 million expansion fee for the privilege. Attendance and fan...