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Elliot Fall, Freddy Juarez Named RSL General Manager, Head Coach

Photo: Tom Hackett, KSL Sports

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake’s long search for a new general manager and head coach have concluded with the announcement that Elliot Fall will take over as the new general manager and Freddy Juarez will become RSL’s fifth head coach.

Elliot Fall has been with the club since 2007 when he joined as an intern. Since then, he has climbed the front office ladder going from team administrator to, director of soccer operations to interim general manager to finally landing the full-time role.

Fall has worked under very successful predecessors Garth Lagerwey and Craig Waibel. During Lagerwey’s stint as GM, Fall would spend his evenings in Lagerwey’s office learning the intricacies of scouting and soccer management. Following Lagerwey’s departure to Seattle, Fall continued to learn and educate himself under Waibel.

Prior to being announced as the general manager, Fall spent the previous five years as the assistant GM…preparing himself for the opportunity he has finally been given.

Fall is a Utah native and a University of Utah graduate.

Freddy Juarez has also taken a similar path to that of Fall’s. Following a successful MLS playing career, Juarez began his coaching career as the RSL academy coach before becoming the inaugural head coach of the Real Monarchs, RSL’s second division team, where he spent two years before being signed as an assistant coach for RSL on December 6, 2016. During his stint as head coach of the Monarchs, Juarez won 17 games from a possible 58.

Despite multiple head coaching changes, Juarez has remained employed by the club as an assistant. Following the Mike Petke debacle that ended with Petke losing his job, Juarez took over the reins on an interim basis.

Juarez took control of the team immediately and slowly started implementing his own strategic nuances on the first team.

Juarez coached the final 15 games of the 2019 season on an interim basis and ended with 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, including a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Sounders would go on and win the 2019 MLS Cup.

Real Salt Lake continue to promote their employees, as opposed to hiring from outside. Juarez becomes the fourth head coach to be promoted from within since the inaugural RSL season in 2005.

Jason Kreis jumped straight from the pitch to the sideline following his playing career.

Jeff Cassar was as an assistant coach prior to taking over the head coaching duties.

Mike Petke was the head coach of the Real Monarchs, albeit for a very short time, before being appointed RSL head coach.

RSL Schedule
09/29/2019
Houston
1
Real Salt Lake
2
10/06/2019
Real Salt Lake
1
Vancouver
0
10/19/2019
Portland
1
Real Salt Lake
2
10/23/2019
Real Salt Lake
0
Seattle
2
Western Conf. Standings
W-L-T Pts.
Los Angeles FC
21-4-9 72
Seattle
16-10-8 56
Real Salt Lake
16-13-5 53
Minnesota
15-11-8 53
Los Angeles
16-15-3 51
Portland
14-13-7 49
FC Dallas
13-12-9 48
San Jose
13-16-5 44
Colorado
12-16-6 42
Houston
12-18-4 40
Sporting Kansas City
10-16-8 38
Vancouver
8-16-10 34