Juarez named first Real Monarchs head coach

Real Monarchs, the new Real Salt Lake farm team, named former RSL AZ academy coach Freddy Juarez as its head coach for its first USL PRO season. Juarez will be joined on his staff by assistant David Lara, who spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Morehead State women's team.

"We are excited to have Freddy and David join our coaching staff," Real Monarchs president Rob Zarkos said. "Freddy has been integral in developing current RSL players and we look forward to continued excellence in his role as head coach of the Monarchs."

RSL AZ, the Casa Grande, Arizona-based residency program, sent teams to the USSDA playoffs every year since the inception of the academy in 2010. That included a third-place finish for the U-16 team in 2010-11 and the national championship in 2012-13.

Juarez worked with future RSL signings Sebastian Saucedo, Justen Glad and Jordan Allen, as well as Mikey Orellana, who debuted for El Salvador in October.

"Freddy has done a great job developing young players in Arizona and we are confident that he will continue to do that in our organization at the USL level," newly appointed RSL technical director Craig Waibel said. "We look forward to working closely with him as we launch the Monarchs.

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