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RSL head scout Andy Williams furloughed, future at club uncertain

Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/MLS via Getty Images

Real Salt Lake and head scout Andy Williams may have parted ways, with sources inside the club indicating he’s been furloughed, and sources close to the player indicating he’s left the club entirely.

Willams, who has been RSL’s head scout since 2012 and served as an assistant coach for a time, sent a series of Tweets on Wednesday evening expressing frustration that seemed to indicate he is looking for a move.

RSL Communications told RSL Soapbox that Williams had been furloughed as a part of the response to the COVID-19 situation and the halt to the MLS season, but that his employment status has not changed beyond that.

The MLS season remains uncertain, with the start of the season pushed back to June 8, and even that date isn’t guaranteed. Real Salt Lake furloughed an unknown number of employees on April 7, which prompted an outcry on social media and the hosting of several town halls with RSL chief business officer Andy Carroll. It isn’t certain whether Williams was furloughed at that time or at a later date.

Williams was one of the first players to arrive at Real Salt Lake, having been selected first by the club during the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft before the team kicked off in the 2005 season.