Albert Rusnák (footballer, born 1994)
|Full name||Albert Rusnák|
|Date of birth||7 July 1994|
|Place of birth||Vyškov, Czech Republic|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Real Salt Lake|
|2013||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||3||(0)|
|2014||→ Birmingham City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2014||→ Cambuur (loan)||17||(4)|
|2017–||Real Salt Lake||66||(20)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019
Loan to Oldham AthleticEdit
After three years of youth and reserve-team football, he signed for Football League One side Oldham Athletic on loan. Rusnák made his first senior appearance as a 63rd-minute substitute for Jonson Clarke-Harris in a league game against Tranmere Rovers on 31 August 2013, in a match that they lost 0–1 at Boundary Park. His first start came three days later, in a 4–1 away Football League Trophy win over Shrewsbury Town. On 17 September, Rusnák's loan was cut short and he returned to City.
Loan to Birmingham CityEdit
On 21 January 2014, Rusnák joined Football League Championship (second-tier) club Birmingham City on a month's youth loan. He went straight into the starting eleven for the FA Cup fourth round defeat to Swansea City the following Saturday. On 18 February 2014, Rusnák extended his loan spell until the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.
Loan to SC CambuurEdit
On 25 July 2014, Rusnák moved to Dutch Eredivisie club SC Cambuur on loan until January. He became a key part of the team, scoring in a 3–0 win over local rivals FC Groningen and having his loan extended until the end of the season. Earlier in the season, in another local derby at sc Heerenveen, he gave the ball away from kick-off, resulting in a penalty being awarded after nine seconds, but Cambuur fought back for a 2–2 draw.
With his Manchester City contract due to expire in the summer of 2015, Rusnák moved on a three-year contract to Groningen on 18 December 2014. On 3 May 2015, he scored both goals in the KNVB Cup final as they defeated reigning champions PEC Zwolle to win their first major trophy and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
Real Salt LakeEdit
On 6 January 2017, Rusnák joined Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer in time for the 2017 season. The terms of the move were undisclosed. He will wear the number 11 shirt last worn by Javier Morales. He finished his debut MLS season with the joint highest number of assists in the league, 11, tied with Michael Barrios of FC Dallas. This accounted for 25% of Real Salt Lake’s team goals in the whole competition.
Rusnák made his debut in the senior national team on 15 November 2016, in the last friendly fixture for the year, against Austria, in a goal-less tie in Vienna, coming on as a substitute in the 46th minute for Jakub Holúbek.
In 2017, he kept received invitations to all fixtures, except for matches against Uganda and Sweden in Abu Dhabi, where league players were selected. In that year he made appearances in five of six qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, even earning a spot in the starting 11 in the last match in the group stage against Malta, where he also assisted Ondrej Duda's goal.
Rusnák scored his first international goal in his ninth cap, with a right-foot shot, in the 42nd minute of the first international match of 2018, a semi-final fixture against UAE, at the 2018 King's Cup. He was assisted by a pass from Patrik Hrošovský.
Style of playEdit
Rusnák struggled while playing in the Football League, due to the style of play rewarding taller and physically stronger players. His manager at Cambuur, Henk de Jong, noted how his style of play being better suited for a playmaker role rather than his position on the wing in England.
- As of match played 4 September 2017 
|Manchester City||2013–14||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Oldham Athletic (loan)||2013–14||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||3||0|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2013–14||Championship||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|SC Cambuur (loan)||2014–15||Eredivisie||17||4||0||0||—||—||17||4|
|FC Groningen||2014–15 ||Eredivisie||16||3||3||3||—||—||19||6|
|Real Salt Lake||2017||Major League Soccer||30||7||0||0||—||—||30||7|
|Real Salt Lake||64||19||2||1||0||0||0||0||66||20|
- Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.
|1.||22 March 2018||Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||9||United Arab Emirates||1–0||2–1||2018 King's Cup|
|2.||5 September 2018||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||13||Denmark||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||16 October 2018||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||15||Sweden||1–1||1–1|
|4.||16 November 2018||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||16||Ukraine||1–0||4–1||2018–19 UEFA Nations League B|
|5.||21 March 2019||18||Hungary||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
- "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 13. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- Predstavujeme Alberta Rusnáka, ifotbal.eu, retrieved 22. 1. 2014 (in Slovak)
- "City seal Slovak deal". Sky Sports. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
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- "Oldham 0–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Shrewsbury 1–4 Oldham". BBC Sport. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Transfer news: Albert Rusnak returns to Manchester City after Oldham loan cut short". Sky Sports. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Albert Rusnak wings in to Blues". Birmingham City F.C. 21 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-25. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
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- "Loan extensions for Huws and Rusnak". Birmingham City FC. 18 February 2014.
- Bajkowski, Simon (25 July 2014). "Rusnak moves on loan to SC Cambuur". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Yokhin, Michael (4 November 2014). "Man City loanee Albert Rusnak takes Netherlands by storm at Cambuur". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "FC Groningen contracteert Albert Rusnak" [FC Groningen sign Albert Rusnák] (in Dutch). FC Groningen. 18 December 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Groningen claim first trophy with KNVB Cup triumph". Goal.com. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Montgomery, Matt (6 January 2017). "Official: Real Salt Lake signs Albert Rusnák". www.rslsoapbox.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
- a.s., Petit Press. "Rusnák pohľadom oklamal brankára, ale Slováci v závere spanikárili". sport.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 2018-11-14.
- Albert Rusnák at Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
- "Games played by Albert Rusnak for FC Groningen in 2014/2015". FCG Stats. FCG Stats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
- "Games played by Albert Rusnak in 2015/2016". FCG Stats. FCG Stats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
- "Rusnák, Albert". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- Albert Rusnak at Soccerbase