Freddy Juarez earns Real Salt Lake head coaching job

Freddy Juarez, who served as Real Salt Lake's interim coach for the last two months of the 2019 MLS season, was named as its head coach.

Juarez was promoted from assistant coach after head coach Mike Petke was fired on Aug. 11 following homophobic comments made at a referee following RSL's loss to  Tigres in the Leagues Cup. Petke was initially suspended for three MLS games during which Juarez served as acting head coach.

Juarez, 41, originally joined the Real Salt Lake organization in 2010 to work in its academy program, winning the Development Academy U-16 championship in 2012 with a team that included future RSL players Justen Glad, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo.

In 2015, he was promoted to serve as head coach of the new Real Monarchs.  After two seasons, he joined Real Salt Lake’s coaching staff as an assistant coach.

RSL went 5-4-1 in the final 10 matches of the 2019 season and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where it lost to eventual MLS champion Seattle, 2-0.

“Having gone through everything with the academy and the Monarchs and now being able to lead the organization with the first team is awesome," said Juarez. "It's something I never dreamed of, but it’s what I've been working for in continuing to get better as a coach and leader."

In front-office moves:

-- Real Salt Lake named Elliot Fall as its general manager after five years as assistant general manager.
-- Dan Egner, the general manager of the Real Monarchs, who won the USL Championship, was promoted to technical director.
-- Tony Beltran has also been hired as assistant general manager after retiring following 12 MLS seasons, all with RSL.
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1 comment about "Freddy Juarez earns Real Salt Lake head coaching job".
  1. Bob Ashpole, December 4, 2019 at 7:06 a.m.

    Interesting article. Thank you. RSL's promotion from within is both refreshing and encouraging. 

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