It has been a tumultuous year for Real Salt Lake, and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon, with the latest news dropping from RSL general manager Elliott Fall in an interview with press today: Technical director Dan Egner is leaving Real Salt Lake.
Dan Egner, #RSL's technical director, is leaving the club, GM Elliot Fall said.— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) September 25, 2020
Alex Vejar of the Salt Lake Tribune reported the news earlier today from the press conference.
His reporting indicated that Egner’s departure was not related to the ongoing inquiry and investigation into misconduct at Real Salt Lake being conducted by Major League Soccer.
Egner is moving on to another opportunity, Fall said. It's not another soccer club, though.— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) September 25, 2020
Egner was only promoted into the role in December alongside Freddy Juarez, who was promoted from an interim role.
Vejar indicated that Egner’s responsibilities will be shared among the staff — and given Egner was, according to Dell Loy Hansen, responsible for the youth pipeline into the first team, it’s interesting that three Real Monarchs players have been announced. It is not clear when Egner departed the team.
Egner’s rise through the team was perhaps a surprising one, starting on the business side at Real Monarchs in 2015 before moving into a soccer role. He eventually served as general manager for Real Monarchs before moving to an assistant general manager role with the first team.