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Who’s who in RSL’s coaching search candidates

Here are the RSL head coach candidates we know so far.

SOCCER: JAN 13 2017 MLS SuperDraft
Isn’t it interesting that this photo features four of RSL’s head coach candidates? I thought so.
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It could well be the case that we learn who Real Salt Lake’s next coach will be inside the next two to six days, with RSL general manager Elliot Fall telling Jeff Carlisle there was a timeline on Oct. 5.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a quick dossier of the known candidates. Who will it be? I guess we’ll find out!

Landon Donovan

  • Club playing experience: 1999–2018, with most of his time spent at LA Galaxy
  • International playing experience: 2000–2014, U.S. national team
  • Management experience: 2020–present, San Diego Loyal

Luchi Gonzalez

  • Club playing experience: 2002–2008, in the U.S., Sweden and Peru.
  • International playing experience: 1997, U.S. U-17
  • Management experience: 2018–2021, FC Dallas; 2012–2018, FC Dallas academy director

Dom Kinnear

  • Club playing experience: 1986–2000, in Scotland, Mexico and the U.S.
  • International playing experience: 1990–1993, U.S. national team
  • Management experience: 2020 and 2018, LA Galaxy interim coach; 2017–2020, LA Galaxy assistant coach; 2014–2017, San Jose Earthquakes; 2005–2014, Houston Dynamo; 2004–2005, San Jose Earthquakes; 2001–2003, San Jose Earthquakes assistant coach
  • Trophies won as head coach: 2011, 2012 Eastern Conference Champions with Houston Dynamo; 2006, 2007 MLS Cup with Houston Dynamo; 2005 MLS Supporters Shield with San Jose Earthquakes

Jason Kreis

  • Club playing experience: 1993–2007, U.S.
  • International playing experience: 1996-2000, U.S. national team
  • Management experience: 2021–present, Inter Miami assistant coach; 2020, Fort Lauderdale CF coach (Inter Miami affiliate); 2019–present, U.S. U-23 coach; 2016–2018, Orlando City SC coach; 2013–2015, New York City FC coach; 2007–2013, Real Salt Lake coach
  • Trophies won as head coach: 2013, Western Conference Champions; 2009, MLS Cup

Pablo Mastroeni

  • Club playing experience: 1995–2013, U.S.
  • International playing experience: 2001–2009, U.S. national team
  • Management experience: 2021–present, Real Salt Lake interim coach; 2021–present, Real Salt Lake assistant coach; 2019–2020, Houston Dynamo assistant coach; 2014–2017, Colorado Rapids coach
  • Trophies won as head coach

Pat Noonan

  • Club playing experience: 2002–2012, U.S. and Norway
  • International playing experience: 2004–2008, U.S. National Team
  • Management experience: 2018–present, Philadelphia Union assistant coach; 2017, U.S. men’s national team assistant coach; 2013–2016, LA Galaxy assistant coach