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Hackett: If Real Salt Lake don’t hire Mastroeni, another club will


SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake interim manager Pablo Mastroeni has ensured a lot of safety after November.

Mastroeni and Real Salt Lake overcame the odds, once again, beating Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park to meet the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Finals. The club have no owner, are run by an interim manager and only reached the qualifiers after a Damir Kreilach goal at the last second on decision day. for the MLS Cup.

What Mastroeni was able to accomplish is simply remarkable.

Mastroeni started the 2021 MLS season as Freddy Juarez’s first assistant. Since then he has taken full control of the Real Salt Lake dressing room, instilled a sense of trust within the playgroup and guided a club that many so-called pundits say would end up at the bottom of the conference. at the beginning of the year until the final of the conference.

Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall has yet to make a public decision on Real Salt Lake’s next manager. However, that decision becomes easier and easier to make as Real Salt Lake’s number of games are won.

Either way, if Real Salt Lake chooses to go in a different direction at the end of the year, Mastroeni has likely earned a managerial position elsewhere.

FC Dallas, LAFC, Vancouver Whitecaps, Houston Dynamo and FC Cincinnati are all currently without a full-time coach.

If Real Salt Lake doesn’t hire Mastroeni, one of the clubs listed above will.

Next match

Real Salt Lake will travel to Portland for the Western Conference final this Saturday, December 4, with kick-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

This will be the first conference final appearance for Real Salt Lake since 2013.


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