Real Salt Lake has promoted Dane Murphy to technical director from his scouting position, the club announced in a press release today.
Murphy, who played professionally with New York Cosmos and second-division German side Vfl Osnabrück, joined RSL last year as a scout, where he worked with head scout Andy Williams. After Murphy’s playing career ended, he worked with the Cosmos as a scout.
In the club-issued release, Waibel, who is directly above Murphy in the chain of command, said his multidisciplinary abilities played a significant role in his hiring.
“Dane has demonstrated an ability to fit in quickly with our culture and understands what each club needs, not only on the field but also in the community,” said Waibel, noting that further staff additions and role definitions will be announced during the preseason. “Dane’s unique history as a college player at Virginia, his U.S. Open Cup experience with D.C. United, his professional career in Germany and at the New York Cosmos enable him to work across multiple disciplines – talent identification, player/agent negotiation, cap compliance, et cetera – all with the final goal of putting the best possible products on our MLS, NWSL and USL fields.”
Murphy, in the release:
“Craig Waibel and (RSL Vice-President of Soccer Administration) Rob Zarkos gave me a lot of leash this year to not only identify talent with Andy Williams, but to travel and meet with agents and players,” Murphy explained. “Now as Technical Director, all of these duties are now expanded. Andy’s eye for talent and the chemistry we have together and with the rest of the staff to fine-tune our processes should benefit our locker rooms, our on-field performance, and hopefully our connection in the community.”
Presumably, Murphy’s hiring will give RSL general manager Craig Waibel a reprieve in some of the work with player agents that consumes much of the offseason and summer transfer window.
The release specifies more “staff additions and role definitions” are forthcoming, so keep your ears to the ground, folks.