Real Salt Lake wasted no time in firing their head coach, Jeff Cassar. It's only been three weeks into the MLS season and they decided they've seen enough.
So, who will replace him? RSL say they are in the process of searching for a replacement right now, but here are some possibilities (some more realistic than others):
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Is there a better candidate for the job? Probably not. The former New York Red Bulls coach currently manages RSL's lower-division side, the Real Monarchs, and he already part of the RSL organization, reportedly attending some first-team trainings.
With the Red Bulls, he found success, steering the club to its first-ever trophy, the Supporters' Shield in 2013. The following year, he got New York into the Eastern Conference final, but was fired afterward, much to the anger of fans.
So Petke has had success in MLS before, was popular fans, and he's already part of the RSL organization. Here is your frontrunner.
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When it comes to out-of-work MLS coaches, there's no better candidate that the former Seattle Sounders coach. Sure, he was fired midseason last year and the Sounders went onto win an MLS Cup without him, but that doesn't change his own record of success. He won MLS Cups with the LA Galaxy and Columbus Crew, and the Supporters Shield with those clubs and the Sounders. Oh yeah, and he's won five U.S. Open Cups.
Schmid doesn't need to rush back into coaching, and there are questions about whether RSL has the ambition to land a coach with as big a name as Schmid, but RSL should at least put some feelers out there.
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If RSL is looking for someone with a connection to the club and solid coaching experience with good teams, Fraser is a strong candidate. He served as a RSL assistant coach for a couple seasons, and later assisted Mike Petke at the New York Red Bulls.
He's currently an assistant at Toronto FC, one of last season's best clubs, and he does have head coaching experience in MLS from one season leading Chivas USA. His stint with Chivas USA went pretty poorly, but that's the case for more of the defunct club's former coaches. There isn't a more widely respected MLS assistant coach around.
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When RSL announced Monday they would fire Cassar, they also announced Daryl Shore, their goalkeeping coach, would take over. There's a clear path to the permanent job because, well, that's how Cassar got the job in the first place. When Jason Kreis left for a new offer, Cassar slotted in and eventually became the permanent replacement.
It's often a lot easier to just keep the interim and give them the fulltime job, and if RSL does better in their upcoming stretch while Shore is in charge, this is a definitely possibility.
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He's currently RSL's general manager, but there's no reason to rule out him taking the reins of the club as head coach. Waibel joined RSL in 2014 as an assistant coach – after Cassar was already the head coach – and Waibel then worked his way up to the front office. Waibel has the experience to slot into the role, both in MLS and at RSL specifically.
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Everything seemed to be going relatively well for Harkes at FC Cincinnati in their inaugural season last year – that is, until he was abruptly fired. Harkes steered the USL team to the conference quarterfinals of the playoffs in its first year as a club, but Cincinnati fired him in the offseason with little by way of explanation.
Harkes may be a long shot for RSL, but he does have a bit of MLS experience, serving as an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls for one season in 2007.