Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake names Pablo Mastroeni full-time head coach

Patrick Felts
Pablo Mastroeni named full time Real Salt Lake coach
Pablo Mastroeni named full time Real Salt Lake coach / Victor Decolongon/GettyImages

Following an underdog run to the Western Conference final, Real Salt Lake have named interim head coach Pablo Mastroeni as the club’s official full-time manager.

Mastroeni took over at Salt Lake after then-head coach Freddy Juarez left to become an assistant at Seattle Sounders midseason.

Under the new leadership, RSL was able to finish the regular season 8-8-1. Mastroeni led the side to a Cinderella style off season, acting as the underdogs to eliminate rivals Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC before bowing out in the Western Conference final against Portland Timbers.

Prior to joining RSL, the 45-year-old head coach was head coach at Colorado Rapids, as well as well as an assistant coach at Houston Dynamo.

Following a successful postseason run, the club is excited to have Mastroeni around long-term.

“We are thrilled to have Pablo on board, long-term,” general manager Elliot Fall said in a release. “We expect success for years to come under his leadership. Pablo’s ability to build a culture and instill belief within the club has resulted in the most tight-knit locker room seen in years. We are excited for him to instill that throughout our entire organization.”

Mastroeni is equally as thrilled as the club to be managing full-time in Salt Lake. His goals going forward with the club include implementing an exciting style of play, as well as keeping up the team’s success on the road.

“I am excited to be joining Real Salt Lake on a permanent basis. I love the direction this club is moving in and I’m looking forward to working with all the resources and opportunities we have in front of us,” Masstroeni said. “We will implement an electric end-to-end style of play that brings our fans into the action and further solidifies the fortress that we call home. And we will continue to be a formidable foe on the road, just as we were during the end of our 2021 season.”

RSL opens its 2022 campaign against Houston Dynamo at PNC Stadium in Houston on February 27th, 2022.