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Official: Chris Wingert returns to Real Salt Lake

The MLS veteran is here for at least another year.

MLS: LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been talking about it for weeks, but it’s now officially official (that’s a technical term, by the way): Chris Wingert is returning to Real Salt Lake for a tenth season.

In a club-issued release, RSL general manger Craig Waibel called Wingert a “capable contributor” while praising his return.

“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 first signed with Real Salt Lake in 2007, joining from Colorado Rapids, where he saw scant minutes. He quickly became a regular contributor with the club, appearing in 224 regular season matches.

In 2015, Wingert joined former RSL coach Jason Kreis at New York City FC through the MLS Expansion Draft. In 2016, he rejoined Real Salt Lake following Kreis’s firing.