SAND, Utah (Friday, January 14, 2022) – Real salt lake The head coach Pablo Mastroeni today announced the addition of Brett Jacobs to his coaching staff ahead of the 2022 season. Jacobs joins Mastroeni’s team after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Nashville SC.
Jacobs completes Mastroeni squad by joining assistant coach Matt Taylor and goalkeeping coach Ignacio “Nacho” Hernandez for the 2022 season.
“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Brett to Real Salt Lake and to what we’re building here in Utah,” Mastroeni said. “I’ve known Brett for many years and as a player I’ve had the opportunity to experience his commitment to individual development with the team. He brings with him an incredible resume to both MLS and the foreigner. It was important to bring someone who fits the culture of this club and shares the same passion that we all share here at RSL. Please help me welcome Brett into the RSL family.
Jacobs joined Nashville SC and head coach Gary Smith’s staff ahead of its inaugural MLS season in 2020, helping guide the club to a third-place finish in the regular season in 2021 and playoff appearances in the first two Nashville’s seasons in the league. Prior to joining Nashville, Jacobs coached Mastroeni at the Colorado Rapids from 2008 to 2013 and won the 2010 MLS Cup, had double-digit wins in multiple seasons and appeared in the CONCACAF Champions League.
With over 25 years of national and international experience and multiple levels, from youth to professional – including time as a National Staff Instructor for American Football – Jacobs brings a wealth of experience to the RSL coaching staff to 2022. Prior to arriving in Colorado, Jacobs saw more than nine years of experience as a coaching director after serving with the Michigan State Soccer Association and the Massachusetts State Soccer Association. Jacobs is also one of the first American coaches to work in the English Academy of Association Football system, serving as a full-time coach for Wimbledon Football Club from 2002 to 2004 with the Portugal U-18 national team. in 2011. Jacobs holds a US Soccer A License, UEFA B License and NSCAA Premiere Diploma.
“I can’t wait to get on board with Pablo and his team. We have a lot of history together and I think it’s a very special time in Salt Lake,” Jacobs said. “In my opinion, RSL is and has been one of the flag bearers of MLS. The facilities here are world class and the focus now is to build on the success of last season and build a culture of ruthless victory I will give my all for the players, for the club and for the city.
Real Salt Lake finished the 2021 season in spectacular fashion, booking their spot in the 2021 MLS Audi Cup playoffs on Decision Day before advancing to the Western Conference Finals after a 14-14-6 record in the regular season. RSL will open the 2022 season on the road against Houston Dynamo FC on February 27 before returning to Rio Tinto Stadium for the home opener against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday March 7.
Real Salt Lake enters its 18th Major League Soccer season this spring, its first full season under head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who led the Utah team for the last 100 days last year. , qualifying for the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Qualifiers for the 11th time in the past 14 years.
In the first week of January 2022, the RSL property collection was acquired by global sports entrepreneur David Blitzer – who owns interests in the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), New Jersey Devils (NHL) and six European entities football clubs, including Crystal Palace (England), FC Augburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), ADO Den Haag (Netherlands), Alcorcon (Spain) and Waasland-Beveren (Belgium). The Blitzer Group also includes Utah-based Smith Entertainment Group, owner of Utah Jazz (NBA), led by Ryan Smith.
The club’s 2009 MLS Cup victory marked Utah State’s only major professional championship in nearly 40 years, the title preceding a historic run to the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League final. Backed by a passionate base of several thousand season ticket holders, RSL enjoyed a class-leading advantage on the pitch – posting a dominating record of 145-43-46 (Win-Loss-Draw) in all competitions at home (2.06 points per game for a 0.771 percent win.) — since building its permanent home at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy 13 years ago.
In 2015, the club expanded its development pyramid with the addition of Real Monarchs SLC, one of several MLS-operated clubs playing in the USL Championship, the United States Division II configuration. The Monarchs claim a pair of titles in their brief history, as the 2017 USL Regular Season Champions, later winning the USL Finals in 2019. For the 2022 season and beyond, the Real Monarchs will participate in the brand new “MLS NEXT Pro”. part of a joint U.S. and Canada initiative to complete the journey of professional players by connecting MLS NEXT youth academies with Major League Soccer’s premier teams.
The entire RSL pyramid, which includes the RSL Academy U-15 and U-17 squads, call the sprawling Zions Bank training center in Herriman, Utah their daily training ground. With five world-class grass pitches, two indoor grass pitches, a residential dormitory, the STEM-based RSL Academy High School and the 5,000-seat Zions Bank Stadium located on a 42-acre campus, the sporting future of the Utah is promising.
In 2020, RSL Academy’s elite basketball program has already been recognized internationally for its vision, mission and achievements.
The RSL Community Foundation was established in 2016, established with the aim of being active in the community year-round, using the popularity and reach of RSL and Monarchs to promote the health and well-being of children in across the region, engaging football supporters to raise funds and volunteer time for various local initiatives.