The reports that surfaced less than an hour ago have been confirmed, with Real Salt Lake announcing the signing of Croatian center back Toni Datkovic.
Datkovic, 27, joins from top division Greek side Aris Thessaloniki.
Quotes from RSL general manager Elliot Fall and coach Freddy Juarez follow.
RSL general manager Elliot Fall
“Toni is an excellent addition to our defensive core. He will provide another experienced, athletic option to our roster. We can’t wait to get him on the ground in Salt Lake and acclimated with the group.”
RSL coach Freddy Juarez
“We want to welcome Toni to the team and bring him into a good crop of center backs. We think he can continue to help us grow and push the team further and fits the profile of our roster as a positive and humble player,” RSL Head Coach Freddy Juarez said. “He comes with a good pedigree and is a talented left-footed center back that can help us in distribution but also raise the quality of defending. Anytime we can add players that can help us grow in our style of play and push competition in our team, it’s a good thing.”