MLS Moves: Yura Movsisyan headed on loan to Sweden

Yura Movsisyan

, whose playing time dipped at Real Salt Lake last season and was waived on the eve of the 2018 MLS season, is headed to Swedish club Djurgarden.

Djurgarden sports director Bosse Andersson told the club web site that Movsisyan will be on a six-month loan with an option for Djurgarden to purchase his contract.

"This is a good deal for us," he said, "and we get a skilled striker who has made a very good impression on us. It will be very exciting to follow Yura in DIF in the future. He has not played matches for a while but has trained on his own. It will certainly take some time for him to get started fully, but we have shown that we have a good squad so I'm happy with the situation."

Movsisyan, 30, was drafted out of junior college and played five seasons with MLS, two with Kansas City and three with RSL, before his first move to Europe. The Armenian international played at Spartak Moscow and Krasnodar in Russia after starting out at Danish club Randers.

Movsisyan, who played for RSL when it won MLS Cup 2009, scored nine goals in 29 games in 2016 and had seven goals last season but he fell out of favor with new coach Mike Petke, who started Luis Silva up front for the latter portion of the season when RSL made a late playoff run and two of the three games so far in 2018. Spanish signing Alfredo Ortuno started the third game.

After RSL waived Movsisyan, who was making almost $2 million a year, it remained responsible for the two years on his contract though the move cleared cap space.
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