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Report: Assistant coaches Hoffard, Siebert leave RSL

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MLS: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Real Salt Lake gave us a little bit of a break over the week of Thanksgiving, but now the news is coming fast and furious. Or at least fast.

This afternoon, Kristian Dyer, who regularly breaks offseason news across MLS, reported that assistant coaches Steffen Siebert and Todd Hoffard are no longer at the club, with the club having “let go” of Seibert and Hoffard “not (being) retained.” It’s unclear if the specificity of that language speaks to actions taken by the club.

It is perhaps not surprising. Earlier this year, reports emerged that the club’s assistant coaching staff had not had their contract options taken in the summer, and that with the chaos around the transfer or ownership, they would not be likely to return.

We will see if this extends beyond Siebert and Hoffard, but certainly, this all combines into a good deal of work that will need to be done heading into 2021, and potentially not much time with which to do it.

Siebert had only joined the club at the start of the year; he had previously been a coach educator with U.S. Soccer and the head coach of men’s soccer at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Hoffard, whose role was as goalkeeping coach, had been with the club from July 2017, serving under both former coach Mike Petke and current coach Freddy Juarez.

The further news that Juarez was being retained is not particularly surprising at this point.