Real Salt Lake’s head coaching search is in full force, it appears.
In a report from Metro New York’s Kristian Dyer that cited an anonymous source, Real Salt Lake reached out to the New York Red Bulls about speaking to assistant coach Chris Armas in regards to filling the vacant position left by Cassar’s firing, but the Red Bulls staffer declined to pursue the opportunity.
Armas is a former midfielder who spent his professional career in MLS from 1996-2007, spending the bulk of his time with the Chicago Fire. He’s been an assistant coach with New York since 2015, while previously coaching the Adelphi University women’s soccer team from 2011-2014.
Earlier this year when rumors were swirling about current Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch making the move to Red Bull Salzberg, it was reported that Armas was next in line to take over the head coaching job at Red Bull Arena.
Those rumors proved to be false and Marsch is still in charge, but one can speculate that being next in line to take the reins at New York is more than reason enough to want to stick around.