Sandy, Utah — Real Salt Lake fired coach Jeff Cassar on Monday, with the Major League Soccer club announcing that director of goalkeeping Daryl Shore would step in as interim head coach.
Real Salt Lake is ninth in the MLS Western Conference with an 0-2-1 record. The team has gone winless in its past 10 matches going back to the 2016 season. Real Salt Lake has scored just one goal in three games this season.
Cassar joined the organization in 2007 as an assistant coach and was promoted in 2014. The team went 38-37-30 during his tenure. The team retained Cassar for the 2017 season after his contract expired following the 2016 season.
General manager Craig Waibel said in a statement there is a “sense of urgency for progress this season,” which is why the move was made now.
Wood to Miss Qualifiers
Hamburg, Germany — United States forward Bobby Wood has pulled out of World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama due to back problems.
Wood aggravated his sore back in Hamburger SV’s 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Hamburg says Wood “is laboring with severe pain in the area around the lower back” and is receiving intensive treatment from its medical department.
The club adds he had to withdraw from the U.S. games,
The U.S. plays Honduras at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, then travels to Panama City to face Panama four days later.
Man U Coming to U.S.
Manchester, England — Manchester United is heading back to the United States for its preseason tour.
The team will play in five cities across the country on a two-week tour in July, with matches in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara, Calif., and Washington. United has yet to announce the fifth city for the games or the opposition.
United first visited the United States in 1950 and also prepared for the 2014-15 season in the country when then-manager Louis van Gaal was critical of the schedule.
“Visiting North America will give the team the best possible preparation for the new season, using top-class training facilities and playing in some great stadiums,” United vice chairman Ed Woodward said on Monday.
“We have witnessed first-hand the passion and support for the club in the U.S. in recent years, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer.”