Real Salt Lake hired Freddy Juarez as head coach and Elliot Fall as general manager for the 2020 season, the club announced Tuesday.
Juarez had been RSL’s interim head coach since August 11, earning a 5-4-1 record in the team’s last 10 games after Mike Petke was fired for verbally abusing officials following a Leagues Cup match. The 41 year-old led the team to a third place finish in the Western Conference in the regular season. In the 2019 MLS Playoffs, Juarez helped the team reach the Western Conference semifinals.
“When you look at Freddy and the progression that he has taken, he has the natural heart to develop. He will constantly develop players and help them improve their game and he’s done that for 10 years,” RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said in a statement. “Players love to play for Freddy. He’s a father figure and he’s respected. He’s beloved and that’s hard to find in a coach.”
Jason Kreis was reportedly a candidate to return to Real Salt Lake as coach, but according to Taylor Twellman, Kreis upset the club’s brass with his “counter offer.”
Jason Kreis was offered the job and sources tell me that his “counter offer” offended the decision makers leading to the offer being pulled. Freddy did a job last year and deserves the chance but how difficult is this task?! #MLS https://t.co/34oWkPA4me
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) December 3, 2019
Juarez spent all of the last decade within the RSL organization. He first joined the club as academy head coach in 2010. The Las Cruces, New Mexico was promoted as head coach of Real Monarchs SLC, RSL’s USL affiliate, in the team’s inaugural season in 2015.
Elliot Fall hired as general manager
RSL also announced the club hired Elliot Fall as general manager. The 34 year-old becomes the youngest general manager in Major League Soccer.
Fall has been in the RSL organization since 2007 and served as director of soccer operations and assistant general manager.
“It’s a huge job. It’s a lot of responsibility. This is a club that I’ve grown up in, a club that I’ve been a fan of and a club that I’ve worked my entire career in. I’m really excited to get going and start building a winner,” Fall said in a statement. “I’ve had the honor of working under a lot of special people here. Working directly for Garth Lagerwey, Jason Kreis, Bill Manning and Craig Waibel, I’ve had a lot of people to learn from and seen a lot of success along the way. I feel like I have a good idea of what success looks like and now we’ve got to keep pushing ourselves forward.”
Tony Beltran, Dan Egner promoted to front office
In addition to Fall’s hiring, the club made two other front office additions. Real Monarchs general manager Dan Egner was promoted to technical director and longtime RSL player Tony Beltran was officially named assistant general manager.
“Utah is my adopted home, and this club holds a special place in my heart,” Egner said in a statement. “With the staff we have in place, in the front office and coaching roles, I believe we are poised to accomplish great things at the MLS, USL, and academy levels. We have accomplished quite a bit the past few seasons, but the best is yet to come.”
Egner will oversee RSL and Monarchs coaching staffs in terms of player integration as well as the club’s scouting department. On his end, Beltran will assist both Egner and Fall on decisions regarding player personnel and the coaching staff.
“Staying in soccer and continuing to work with RSL is the right thing for me to do beyond my playing career,” Beltran said in a statement. “The club has been my home for 12 years, and I care deeply about its future. Discussions with Mr. Hansen and the front office staff about their vision for the organization cemented this truth; I want to remain part of where RSL is heading.”