Real Salt Lake trades for former MLS Cup champion

Philip Quinton played on the 2023 Columbus Crew team that won the MLS title.

(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake forward Cristian Arango (9) and Real Salt Lake defender Alexandros Katranis (98) react to a goal as RSL hosts the St. Louis City during an MLS soccer match in Sandy on Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Real Salt Lake traded for a defender who, just last year, helped a team win an MLS Cup title.

RSL acquired defender Philip Quinton from the Columbus Crew in exchange for up to $200,000 in general allocation money, the club announced Friday. He’s 24 years old.

“I’m honored to join Real Salt Lake and be a part of the project in Utah,” Quinton said in a news release. “RSL is a great club with a big history and an excellent plan to keep building into the future. I’m excited to meet all my teammates and the coaching staff, and most importantly I can’t wait to see the great fans that support the club.”

The Crew will receive $150,000 of guaranteed GAM, plus an extra $50,000 if Quinton meets certain performance incentives. He will meet his new RSL teammates and coach in Chicago for Saturday’s road game, and could potentially make the gameday roster.

Quinton, who played college soccer at Notre Dame and was drafted 25th overall in 2022, has appeared in 13 MLS games with 11 starts. He entered the Columbus organization with Crew 2 in before joining the first team the next year. He won an MLS NEXT Pro Cup title with the Crew 2.