Los Angeles (AFP) – Real Salt Lake fired coach Jeff Cassar on Monday, citing poor results for the dismissal just three games into the new Major League Soccer season.
The Utah club have named goalkeeping coach Daryl Shore as caretaker boss following Cassar’s departure.
The move follows Real’s 2-1 home defeat to Western Conference rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.
Real have taken just one point from three games this season, with an opening 0-0 draw against Toronto followed by a defeat to Chicago.
Their winless streak since last season now runs to 10 games and they are languishing in 10th spot in the Western Conference.
“We want to thank Jeff for his many contributions to the success of Real Salt Lake over the past decade, including our championship run in 2009,” team owner Dell Loy Hansen said in a statement.
“Jeff has always handled himself with class and dignity and represented the organization and community extremely well.
“We wish Jeff and his family much success in their future endeavors.”
Cassar, 43, was an assistant for Real Salt Lake from 2007 until he was promoted to head coach in 2014.
General manager Craig Waibel said Cassar had been let go as a consequence of the “high sense of urgency for progress this season.”
“While these decisions are always difficult, we, as an organization, felt that it was necessary to make the change in our head coaching position now,” Waibel said.