Real Salt Lake has fired coach Jeff Cassar.
The club announced Monday that director of goalkeeping Daryl Shore will step in as interim head coach.
“We want to thank Jeff for his many contributions to the success of Real Salt Lake over the past decade, including our championship run in 2009. Jeff has always handled himself with class and dignity and represented the organization and community extremely well,” RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said. “We wish Jeff and his family much success in their future endeavors.”
Real Salt Lake is ninth in the MLS Western Conference with an 0-2-1 record. The team has gone winless in its past 10 matches going back to the 2016 season. Real Salt Lake has scored just one goal in three games this season.
Cassar joined the organization in 2007 as an assistant coach and was promoted in 2014. The team went 38-37-30 during his tenure. The team retained Cassar for the 2017 season after his contract expired following the 2016 season.
General Manager Craig Waibel said in a statement there is a “sense of urgency for progress this season,” which is why the move was made now.
“At the conclusion of last season, we felt that while we were disappointed in the end result, Jeff had done enough to earn another shot to lead the team in the 2017 campaign,” Waibel said. “We have a high sense of urgency for progress this season, and have made many off-season changes towards that endeavor. So, while these decisions are always difficult, we, as an organization, felt that it was necessary to make the change in our head coaching position now. The process for a hiring new head coach to lead the club has already begun. We will work quickly and diligently to ensure that we find the right leader that shares our values, passion, commitment and vision.”
Shore joined RSL as goalkeeper coach in January 2014. Prior to joining RSL, he served as head coach of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL from 2010-2013 and was goalkeeper coach for the Chicago Fire from 2000-2010.
The rest of the RSL technical department will remain on staff.
Real Salt Lake will return to training on Tuesday before the cross-country trip to New Jersey to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.