Cassar to coach RSL

Dec 19 2013 - 12:45am


SANDY -- Real Salt Lake has promoted assistant coach Jeff Cassar to replace Jason Kreis, who stepped down to become coach of the expansion New York City FC.

Cassar, 39, has been with Real Salt Lake since 2007 and was promoted to first assistant in 2011. He will be introduced in a news conference today.

"We're very excited for Jeff to become the third head coach in Real Salt Lake history," said owner Dell Loy Hansen. "Jeff's been a crucial member of the RSL Family since 2007. His terrific leadership abilities, strong character and understanding of our locker room, tactics and overarching club culture will allow us to continue to compete for trophies in 2014 and beyond."

As goalkeeper coach, Cassar has tutored Nick Rimando, an MLS All-Star in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and a frequent call-up to the U.S. men's national team. Since 2012, he has served twice as goalkeeper coach for the national team under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Kreis left RSL just days after the team fell in the MLS Cup championship, losing to Sporting Kansas City on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.

Cassar has been involved in Major League Soccer since the league's inception in 1996, spending 11 seasons between the posts for three squads from 1996-2006 before retiring to become FC Dallas's goalkeeper coach in January 2007.

A native of Livonia, Mich., Cassar appeared numerous times for the U.S. U-18 and U-20 teams prior to turning pro.

The Florida International University graduate was teammates with several members of Real Salt Lake during his MLS playing career.


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