Real Salt Lake fires head coach Jeff Cassar

Real Salt Lake fires head coach Jeff Cassar. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Real Salt Lake has dismissed its head coach Jeff Cassar the team announced Monday.

Cassar, 43, has been an assistant since 2007, then under head coach Jason Kreis, including during the club's 2009 Major League Soccer title. The team will hold a conference call at 5 p.m. with Craig Waibel, the team's general manager, to discuss the decision.

During the club's search for a new coach, Director of Goalkeeping Daryl Shore will serve as interim head coach. The rest of the RSL technical department will remain on staff.

In January, David "DJ" James sat down with Cassar to talk with him about what changes were in store as the coach enters his 4th year.

Cassar took over as head coach for the 2014 season and went 38-37-30 in his tenure, reaching the playoffs in two of his three full seasons. The club had a winless streak of seven games to conclude the 2016 season and is 0-2-1 in the current season, with one goal scored in the three games.

"At the conclusion of last season, we felt that while we were disappointed in the end result, Jeff had done enough to earn another shot to lead the team in the 2017 campaign. We have a high sense of urgency for progress this season, and have made many off-season changes towards that endeavor. So, while these decisions are always difficult, we, as an organization, felt that it was necessary to make the change in our head coaching position now," Waibel said.

During Cassar's time with the team, RSL reached the MLC Cup final twice, including the 2009 win. It also reached the 2011 CONCACAF finals. During his first year as head coach RSL qualified for the CONCACAF Champion's League and advanced to the quarterfinals.

"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.

2News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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