New RSL Coaching Staff Prepares for 2014 Season

by Kali Korbis on Jan.14.2014
  1. Real Salt Lake's newly-minted coaching staff has wasted little time in preparing for the 2014 season.

    New head coach Jeff Cassar named Andy Williams, Daryl Shore, Paul Dalglish, and Craig Waibel to his staff just last week, and the group quickly assembled at the MLS Combine in Florida to begin evaluating players. The staff will travel next to Philadelphia for Thursday's SuperDraft, where the club will have the 18th pick.

    Reports coming out of the Combine indicate that the group has been hard at work in the past week, interviewing a number of prospects and looking for some potential "sleepers" coming through the draft.

  2. While most of the assistants will be familiar to RSL fans, Williams has had ties to the club since its inception in 2005. Williams, who was a scout for RSL for two seasons after retiring from the club in 2011, was promoted to an assistant coach with primary responsibility for the midfielders. Scouting responsibilities will now be shared among the technical staff.

    Waibel played in MLS for 11 seasons, winning championships with the LA Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, and the Houston Dynamo. He has college coaching experience as an assistant at the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.  Waibel will work primarily with RSL's defenders.

    Meanwhile, Dalglish has an extensive pedigree as the son of legendary Scotland and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, with playing experience in England, Scotland, and MLS. Dalglish also has coaching experience in the NASL and USL, leading the Austin Aztex to the 2013 USL PDL championship. He will serve as the main coach for RSL's strikers.
  3. Shore, who will serve as the goalkeeping coach, most recently coached the NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers from 2010-13. He has an extensive history with MLS as well, having coached goalkeepers for the Chicago Fire from 2000-10 and working with several league All-Stars.

    Cassar said of his new staff: "I’m very excited for Andy, Daryl, Paul and Craig to join me as assistants.  Having such an experienced staff on board will help me in my first year as a head coach, and the unique characteristics that each of them bring to the table will help the team contend for another MLS Cup. Their backgrounds will also allow RSL to continue our unique position-specific coaching model, with Daryl primarily coaching the goalkeepers, Craig working with the defenders, Andy coaching the midfielders and Paul spending time with the forwards."

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