Real Salt Lake fire coach after three gamesPor Kemen Subia Mar 21, 2017
Real Salt Lake fired coach Jeff Cassar on Monday, citing poor results for the dismissal just three games into the new Major League Soccer season.
"We want to thank Jeff for his many contributions to the success of Real Salt Lake over the past decade, including our championship run in 2009". With Kreis's departure to expansion side New York City FC, Cassar was promoted from within on the premise of continuing the unique culture of a club that preached "The Team is the Star".
General Manager Craig Waibel said in a statement there is a "sense of urgency for progress this season", which is why the move was made now. General manager Craig Waibel said Cassar had been let go as a outcome of the "high sense of urgency for progress this season". "So, while these decisions are always hard, we, as an organization, felt that it was necessary to make the change in our head coaching position now", Waibel said. Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference semifinals in 2014, marking a seventh straight playoff appearance, but missed the postseason in 2015 and was eliminated in the knockout round last fall after a sixth-place finish. "Jeff has always handled himself with class and dignity and represented the organization and community extremely well", RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said. The team has gone winless in its past 10 matches going back to the 2016 season.
"The process for hiring a new head coach to lead the club has already begun".
RSL said goalkeeping coach Daryl Shore will serve as interim coach, with the rest of the assistants remaining with the club. "We will work quickly and diligently to ensure that we find the right leader that shares our values, passion, commitment and vision".
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