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Who’s next? 11 options for RSL’s coaching search

Real Salt Lake’s search for a new head coach starts now. Here are 11 candidates.

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First, let’s just add a caveat: This is not an exhaustive list. There are other coaches I haven’t thought of.

Further, there are no coaches here who come from different countries, really — this is a list mostly comprised of American-based options. RSL general manager Craig Waibel had this to say on the search:

In terms of coaching search, it will be expansive. It will be a lot of different names — a lot of different names from multiple countries. We will narrow it down as we go through the search and narrow down what fits the needs of our organization the best.

So, with all that in mind, here are 11 coaches that could be on Waibel’s list.

Wade Barrett

  • Age: 40
  • Last club: Houston Dynamo, interim head coach 2016
  • Credentials: Houston Dynamo assistant coach, 2010–2016

Nat Borchers

  • Age: 35
  • Last club: Portland Timbers, central defender
  • Credentials: Former RSL player, 2008–2014; Portland Timbers, 2015-2016

Bob Bradley

  • Age: 59
  • Last club: Swansea City, head coach 2016
  • Credentials: U.S. National Team manager, 2006–2011; Egypt, 2011–2013; Stabaek, 2014-2015; Le Havre, 2015-2016 (and many more)

Robin Fraser

  • Age: 50
  • Last club: Toronto FC assistant coach, 2015–current
  • Credentials: Real Salt Lake assistant coach, 2007–2010; Chivas USA, 2011–2012; New York Red Bulls assistant coach, 2013–2014

Freddy Juarez

  • Age: 38
  • Last club: Real Salt Lake assistant coach, 2017–current
  • Credentials: Real Monarchs head coach, 2015–2016

Mike Petke

  • Age: 41
  • Last club: Real Monarchs, 2017–current
  • Credentials: New York Red Bulls assistant coach, 2011–2012; head coach, 2013–2014


  • Age: 53
  • Last club: Saint Louis FC, 2017–current
  • Credentials: Chivas USA head coach, 2007-2009; Toronto FC, 2010; Sacramento Republic FC, 2014–2015

Sigi Schmid

  • Age: 64
  • Last club: Seattle Sounders, 2009–2016
  • Credentials: LA Galaxy, 1999–2004; Columbus Crew, 2006–2008

Daryl Shore

  • Age: 47
  • Last club: Real Salt Lake assistant coach, 2014–current; interim head coach at current
  • Credentials: Chicago Fire assistant, 2000–2010; Fort Lauderdale Strikers head coach, 2010–2013

Martin Vasquez

  • Age: 53
  • Last club: Real Salt Lake Academy director of operations, 2011–current
  • Credentials: Bayern Munich assistant, 2008–2009; Chivas USA head coach, 2010; United States assistant coach, 2011–2014

Eric Wynalda

  • Age: 47
  • Last club: Atlanta Silverbacks coach, 2014
  • Credentials: Atlanta Silverbacks interim coach, 2012; Cal FC, 2012; San Diego Flash assistant coach, 2010–2011