By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Real Salt Lake team announced that they have terminated the contract of head coach Mike Petke. He has been replaced by Fredy Juarez.
He was an assistant coach under Petke before replacing him. Juarez will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
“At Real Salt Lake, we have the privilege to represent our great community and fans here locally and on a national and global basis,” the team said in a statement. “We hold all of our coaches, players, executives, and staff to the highest standards of professionalism. As an organization, it is vital that everyone, particularly our leadership, reflects and embodies our core values and the values of our community, treating all people with respect, civility, and professionalism. Moreover, through our 15-year history, we have championed diversity, acceptance, and inclusion throughout our organization, our stadiums, and our community. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
“On Tuesday, July 30th, after an investigation and in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the club levied the steepest sanctions ever imposed on an MLS coach when we suspended Mike Petke without pay for two weeks in addition to his three-match suspension in MLS and $25,000 fine. After further deliberations and a series of constructive discussions internally and with various members of our community, we have concluded, pursuant of his employment agreement, to immediately terminate Mike Petke’s employment.”
He was previously punished the aforementioned three games after his actions towards the officials in the League Cup game against Tigres UANL. Petke was expected to return to the team following his suspension on Monday.
Petke was the Real Salt Lake head coach since 2017. He was named the interim head coach when Jeff Cassar was fired following three games.
As their head coach, he went 38-34-15.