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Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke fired

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After lots of controversy in the last few weeks, Real Salt Lake terminates contract with Mike Petke

MLS: Leagues Cup-Tigres UANL at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake announced Sunday night that due to head coach Mike Petke’s actions in Salt Lake’s Leagues Cup game versus Tigres that his contract was terminated.

The club also announced that assistant coach Freddy Juarez, who coached Real Salt Lake through Petke’s league suspension, notching two wins in two games, will remain as head coach through the rest of the 2019 season.

The club released the following statement about Petke’s termination:

“On Tuesday, July 30, after an investigation and in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the club levied the steepest sanctions ever imposed on an MLS coach when we suspended Mike Petke without pay for two weeks in addition to his three-match suspension in MLS and $25,000 fine. After further deliberations and a series of constructive discussions internally and with various members of our community, we have concluded, pursuant to his employment agreement, to immediately terminate Mike Petke’s employment.”