Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales announced in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the just-completed 2016 season would be his last with the club. In a heartfelt statement, Morales acknowledged RSL as a club "where we became champions, making history not only for the club but also for the city."
"After 10 years it is time to leave a place which has felt like my home. A place in which the people, not only from the club, but also from the city have made it feel that way. A place where I have a lot of memories, good and bad," Morales wrote.
Referencing his 2011 horrific ankle fracture suffered against now-defunct Chivas USA, Morales stated that Salt Lake City was "[a] place where after suffering a horrific injury it supported me unconditionally and gave me the strength to return to play. A place in which I am going to leave many friends and good people. A place and a club that I'll never forget."
Morales notched 52 goals and 90 assists across 260 regular season and playoff games for the Claret-and-Cobalt.
Notably absent from Morales' announcement is his future destination. Morales signed a new multi-year deal with Real Salt Lake prior to the 2016 season, and his Twitter announcement contains no suggestion of retirement.
Morales' departure leaves the Utah-based club without a primary central midfield playmaker for the first time in a decade and signals a potential shift in a club that in 2016 fielded one of the oldest regular starting lineups in Major League Soccer.