In what is absolutely wild news for a Friday morning, Brian Dunseth is reporting that Real Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez has been dismissed from the club.
BREAKING #RSL #DaleReal #MLS @realsaltlake and Head Coach Freddy Juarez have parted ways effective IMMEDIATELY.— Brian Dunseth (@BrianDunseth) August 27, 2021
Pablo Mastroeni will coach the team in Vancouver on an interim basis.
The search for a new Head Coach is already underway.
Dunseth is, of course, one of the major sources of news around Real Salt Lake, and is a well-trusted and well-placed source, so unless his Twitter’s been taken over (doubtful, certainly), there’s no reason to doubt this.
Juarez has been in as Real Salt Lake coach since the dismissal of former coach Mike Petke in 2019, giving Juarez about two years in the position.
This is certainly unexpected, as it comes with RSL not having a true owner in place, following the forced sale of the club that is still ongoing. It might speak to movement there, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Update, 9:20 a.m.
The RSL Show’s Jake Simons has an interesting take on this.
Pablo as interim is very interesting.— Jake (@bjakesimons) August 27, 2021
But, it sounds like this was Freddy's call -- from what I'm hearing. Maybe he saw the writing on the wall? Also sounds like he may have a landing already set up. #RSL
Update, 9:25 a.m.
A source within the club confirmed to RSL Soapbox deputy editor Lucas Muller that the club and Juarez have parted ways, giving us official confirmation.