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Real Salt Lake name veteran defender Tony Beltran assistant general manager

After 245 appearances for RSL, Beltran is joining the club’s front office.

Sep 30, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) passes the ball past Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) during the second half at StubHub Center. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Tony Beltran is trading in Rio Tinto Stadium’s pitch for its front office.

The longtime Real Salt Lake defender, who retired at the end of the 2019 season after appearing in 245 games for the Claret and Cobalt from 2008-19, has been named the club’s new assistant general manager.

Beltran, 32, starts his new role Jan. 1, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen said Tuesday on Utah’s ESPN 700.

Hansen also revealed the club will make another announcement Wednesday, but didn’t say if it pertains to the current head coach and general manager vacancies. Former RSL coach Jason Kreis interviewed for both jobs in November, according to KSLsports.com.

Freddy Juarez has been Salt Lake’s interim coach since Aug. 11 after former head coach Mike Petke was fired for repeatedly using “improper language” against match officials after a Leagues Cup match against Tigres UANL.

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