By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Real Salt Lake has named Freddy Juarez as the team’s new head coach. He is now the fifth head coach in team history.
Juarez had been serving as the team’s interim head coach since Aug. 11. He replaced Mike Petke when he was fired.
“When you look at Freddy and the progression that he has taken, he has the natural heart to develop,” Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen said. “He will constantly develop players and help them improve their game and he’s done that for 10 years. Players love to play for Freddy.
“He’s a father figure and he’s respected. He’s beloved and that’s hard to find in a coach.”
He went 5-4-1 in the final 10 regular season games. He also went 2-0-1 as the acting head coach for three games.
Juarez was previously the Real Monarchs head coach in 2015 and 2016. Then, he became the Real Salt Lake assistant coach in 2017 before his appointment as interim head coach in 2019.
“Having gone through everything with the Academy and the Monarchs and now being able to lead the organization with the first team is awesome,” Juarez said. “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. 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.”