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Seattle announced today that offensive cutter Khalif El-Salaam has signed a 3-year contract with the Rainmakers.
Known for his speed and offensive production, the 2014 Breakout Player of the Year was third on the Rainmakers with 32 points on 20 goals and 12 assists. He was ranked ninth in the league and fifth in the Western Conference in goals-scored.
“I have 100 percent faith in the franchise,” said El-Salaam. “The amount of support we have in Seattle, plus the overall number of players we have always trying to get better and make this team will allow the Rainmakers to develop in a short amount of time.”
This signing marks the first-ever multi-year contract in MLU history. As part of the agreement, El-Salaam and Rainmakers management will review terms of the contract for annual salary increases. The deal also establishes the potential for relationships with one of the MLU’s many new sponsors who are seeking brand ambassadors and spokespeople that have stability in which they can invest.
“Having the 2014 Breakout Player of the Year returning is a blessing,” said General Manager Rusty Brown. “His play at 2014 Club Nationals was amazing and made him an instant target to re-sign as the future of the franchise.”
El-Salaam played the 2013 MLU season with the Portland Stags where he scored 3 goals and 2 assists, but emerged as a leader on the Rainmakers offensive line during the 2014 season, his first year in Seattle.
“I also signed just out of commitment. Jumping around team to team, finding who is good and joining that team, doesn’t sit well with me,” said El-Salaam. “I have some great friends on the team who I have been playing with for years. When it comes to ultimate, especially good ultimate, camaraderie is super important to me, and pushes me to be my best.”