MLS: Real Salt Lake fires Cassar three games into season

Real Salt Lake fired head coach Jeff Cassar three games into his fourth season as the MLS team's head coach. RSL director of goalkeeping Daryl Shore will serve as interim head coach while a replacement is being sought for the first MLS coach to be fired in March.

"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. Jeff has always handled himself with class and dignity and represented the organization and community extremely well," RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said. "We wish Jeff and his family much success in their future endeavors."

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Cassar, 43, came to RSL as an assistant coach under Jason Kreis in 2007 and remained in that role through the 2013 season. He took over as head coach when Kreis left and coached RSL for three full seasons. He went 38-37-30 and RSL reached the playoffs in two of his three full seasons.

But RSL finished the 2016 season without a win in its last eight games (seven games in regular season, plus 3-1 defeat at the LA Galaxy in Knockout Round) and opened the 2017 season without a win in three games (0-2-1 record with one goal scored). RSL fell at home to the Galaxy, 2-1, on Saturday, extending its winless streak to almost seven months.

RSL has two coaches in its system with MLS head coaching experience: Mike Petke (its new Monarchs head coach) and Martin Vasquez (who heads its academy program in Arizona).

9 comments about "MLS: Real Salt Lake fires Cassar three games into season".
  1. Quarterback TD, March 21, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.

    To avoid having losing teams going through these drastic changes in MLS a relegation division should be created. Without a relegation division quite a few teams will fall on hard times including bankruptcy. I know some folks will say there is none in NBA, NFL, NHL etc but the truth is those organizations have drafts, rules and protocols in place to make bad teams better, so it is quite possible to have a garbage team like NE Patriots, Golden State Warriors and Mariners go from worse to first. Soccer relegation has been known to work and the US already have multiple soccer leagues in place so why not use it..

  2. Tim Gibson replied, March 21, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

    I want to agree with you on Relegation. On paper it seems like the right thing to do but this sport in USA is just different & what may be good for the goose may not necessarily work for MLS? This is still a young sport in our country that struggles in some regions & has had it's trouble at times finding the funds to build stadiums as well as grow fan support. Add in the threat of Relegation in a City that has made a BIG investment to urban renewal projects that include Soccer specific Stadiums & I highly doubt MLS would be on their list of good investments. In time....Relegation may work, but we are not there yet.

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 21, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

    I agree pro/rel makes sense at some point here but your reasons for it are incoherent and make no sense.

  4. Quarterback TD replied, March 21, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.

    Tim, from an investment and survival point of view you may be right.. the question is if not now when ? We already one of the 4 biggest soccer league in the world and MLS will be in the black for a long time since signing that media sponsorship agreement a few years ago.. also we keep saying the sport is young in the country when in fact we been playing it longer than Brazil and Argentina and made the World Cup before 1/2 of the current FIFA top 20 teams.. I think in the long run you risk teams losing out and fan base becoming eroded..

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 21, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

    MLS is currently one of the 4 biggest leagues in the world? We have more of a soccer tradition than Brazil and Argentina? Looks like you have a potential career option as a comedian.

  6. Tim Gibson replied, March 21, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.

    When it's 4th & long = safer to punt

  7. Quarterback TD replied, March 21, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.

    Fire, you need to do your own data analytics before commenting on anything-- so I ask you two simple questions
    1. What are the 5 biggest soccer leagues in the world in terms attendance ?
    2. When was soccer first played in the US and how old is US soccer ?
    Once you answer that you rephrase your last comment

  8. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 21, 2017 at 5:50 p.m.

    We didn't have a professional league in this country until 1968 or so and that was a clown league which went bankrupt in 1984. I would say Brazil and Argentina were a little ahead of us in that respect. It is so inarguable that I am not going to waste any more time on it.

    You didn't say your comment was based on attendance. I believe MLS was 6th last season in attendance but in your opinion that makes it the 6th best league in the world?

    It gets tiring arguing with someone so illogical.

  9. charles davenport, March 21, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

    I recommend Petke

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