Real Salt Lake officially named Freddy Juarez as its new head coach and Elliot Fall as its new general manager during a press conference Tuesday.
Dan Egner was also named as the team's technical director and Tony Beltran, a former RSL player and two-time MLS All-Star, was hired as the assistant general manager.
"Today is a big day for Real Salt Lake and we are proud to recognize the development of Elliot Fall, Dan Egner and Tony Beltran,” RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen stated in a press release.
All three have honed their skills in the organization and we are confident in their abilities to help us reach our goals to be among the top teams in the Western Conference and to win championships.
Juarez originally joined the organization as the head coach for RSL Academy in 2010. The team won the USSDA U-15 Championship in 2012. Juarez was promoted to be the head coach of the Real Monarchs SLC in 2015.
After two seasons in that position, he was again promoted to RSL's coaching staff as an assistant coach "where he has played an integral role in continued youth development at the MLS level and in implementing tactical approaches that have helped RSL improve in the standings in each of his three years on staff," a press release stated.
“Having gone through everything with the Academy and the Monarchs and now being able to lead the organization with the first team is awesome. It's something I never dreamed of, but it’s what I've been working for in continuing to get better as a coach and leader,” Juarez said. “I want to thank Mr. Hansen for the opportunity and trust that he has placed in me and the fans for their support."
I can’t wait for the season to start in 2020.
Juarez was appointed to the position three months after Mike Petke was fired as head coach.
At 34 years old, Fall is the youngest general manager in major league soccer.
He graduated from the University of Utah and Salt Lake City's Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He has served in different capacities with RSL since 2007 and was the assistant general manager for five seasons.
“It’s a huge job. It’s a lot of responsibility. This is a club that I’ve grown up in, a club that I’ve been a fan of and a club that I’ve worked my entire career in. I’m really excited to get going and start building a winner,” Fall stated in a press release.
“I’ve had the honor of working under a lot of special people here. Working directly for Garth Lagerwey, Jason Kreis, Bill Manning and Craig Waibel, I’ve had a lot of people to learn from and seen a lot of success along the way."
I feel like I have a good idea of what success looks like and now we’ve got to keep pushing ourselves forward.