Real Salt Lake parted ways with head coach Jeff Cassar on Monday following a poor showing in their 3rd game of the season and failing to win a league game since August 26th 2016, an 11 game winless streak.
Jeff Cassar joined the team in 2014 and went 38-37-30 in his tenure at Salt Lake leading the team to 2 playoff appearances and the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions league.
RSL have appointed former Director of goal keeping Daryl Shore as interim head coach. Daryl Shore served as head coach of NASL club Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 2010-2013 before becoming a goalkeeper coach for RSL in 2014.
Another long term option for Real Salt Lake includes their USL affiliate head coach and former New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. Petke went 34-23-25 in his tenure at NYRB from 2013-2015. One criticism of Petke was his favor for passion over tactics, a shortcoming that lead to former NYRB star Thierry Henry taking over tactical command when Petke was with the team. With the likes of Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Liverpool loanee Brooks Lennon on the RSL roster, there certainly wouldn’t be any shortage of both passion and talent for Petke to work with.
Going forward RSL face the NYRB on Saturday and Minnesota United April 1st, both away from home. If the new coach is to be Mike Petke, giving him a chance to play against his previous club this Saturday might be a good way to start his new tenure. Whoever it is will also have to address the goal scoring drought from the end of last season and the beginning of this season. Over the last 10 regular season games RSL are averaging about 1 goal every 3 games.