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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsWith most teams having been off for the international break, there isn't much movement in this week's power rankings, but a few teams in action earned some solid points for themselves.

The New England Revolution are the big winners of the weekend, as their 5-2 dismantling of Minnesota United will bump them up the standings while leaving the Loons stranded at the bottom.

RSL dismisses head coach Jeff Cassar

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Real Salt Lake closed 2016 with a whimper and, after a less than ideal start to the 2017 campaign, the club is set to move in a new direction.

RSL announced on Monday that the club has parted ways with Jeff Cassar just three games into the 2017 season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake was a playoff team in 2016, the way the season went made it tough to call it a successful campaign.

After a hot start that saw RSL open the season undefeated through six matches, and a middling mid-season slate, the floor fell out from RSL late in its 2016 campaign. Real Salt Lake dropped points in each of their last seven matches of the regular season, going 0-4-3, but managed to barely sneak into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending champion Portland Timbers.

Real Salt Lake retains Cassar for 2017 season

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After guiding Real Salt Lake back to the playoffs this season, Jeff Cassar will get another shot at it next year.

Club owner Dell Loy Hansen announced Wednesday that Cassar will be retained for the 2017 MLS season, though terms of the new contract are not disclosed, per league policy.

Morales finds change in mentality after RSL win

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Before Real Salt Lake's 3-1 away win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, RSL captain and central midfielder Javier Morales knew something had to change.

"Italked with the guys before the game," Morales said. "It's time to change the mentality because two losses in a row is not good for any team.

Real Salt Lake's patience with 4-3-3 formation rewarded with undefeated start

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Real Salt Lake went through some serious growing pains in a new formation in 2015, but the patience the club has demonstrated in its 4-3-3 setup has bore immediate fruit at the start of this year.

RSL is off to a strong start in the 2016 MLS season, going 3-0-2 en route to becoming the final team to have a zero in the loss column.

RSL depth players make statement with unlikely win over Sporting KC

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With two draws and now two wins, Real Salt Lake is unbeaten on the season.

The team stayed on track with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas, and Real Salt Lake made a statement with that win by calling upon several players who aren't regular starters.

RSL Notes: Morales injury update, Movsisyan performance and more

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Argentine playmaker Javier Morlaes is apparently doing well on his road to recovery, and could be available in Week 3 for Real Salt Lake.

Head coach Jeff Cassar said the 36-year-old Argentine, who missed Week 2's 2-1 home win against the Seattle Sounders, is recovering from his injuries.

Man-marking the Sounders attacking midfield paid massive dividends for Real Salt Lake

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Multiple man marks from RSL lead to a stagnated Sounders attack that couldn't accomplish anything from deep areas

The Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday was disappointing. Mired by injury already with the loss of Stefan Frei and Brad Evans, a tilt in Rio Tinto was always going to be a defensive challenge for the Sounders.

Cassar confirms negotiations being had between RSL, Movsisyan

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Jeff Cassar would not say directly that Yura Movsisyan is returning to Real Salt Lake, but he sure came close.

Movsisyan has been heavily linked with a move back to RSL in recent days, and his agent, Patrick McCabe, even told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that there were discussions taking place between he and the club over a deal for the 28-year-old forward.

Opposition 11: How will Real Salt Lake line up tonight against D.C. United?

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RSL has been very good going forward recently, but it looks like they'll be pretty vulnerable defensively tonight.

For the only time in 2015 - well, barring an MLS Cup pairing way down the road - D.C. United will face Real Salt Lake tonight. RSL is in an odd place at the moment: They've won two straight and have just one loss in their last five league games, but are also outside the playoff spots in the West and have a -4 goal difference on the season.

Postgame quotes: RSL 3-3 Union

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Was it a penalty? RSL's Luke Mulholland says, "In my book, no. " Jim Curtin agrees: "I don't think that we get a lot of respect."

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake: The Whole Story - Match 2

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This week the Philadelphia Union go to Utah on their first road trip of the year to face off against Real Salt Lake. From previews to reviews, this is the whole story

tBG) Jason Kreis was a legend with Real Salt Lake. How has Jeff Cassar done stepping into what must be very difficult shoes to fill, and what's it like seeing Kreis with New York City FC?

Opposite View: Three questions with Randal Serr with RSL Soapbox

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This week we've caught up with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox - SB Nation's Real Salt Lake blog - to talk about the upcoming match in Sandy, Utah between Real Salt Lake and the Philadelphia Union.

tBG) Jason Kreis was a legend with Real Salt Lake. How has Jeff Cassar done stepping into what must be very difficult shoes to fill, and what's it like seeing Kreis with New York City FC?

FC Dallas Wednesday Wonderland – 10/15/14

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Wednesday:

CASSAR KEEPS HIS WORD

Former FCD goalkeeper and keepers coach Jeff Cassar, who is in his first year as the head coach for Real Salt Lake, truly is a man of his word. Of course, this is far from news to anyone who knew him from his time here in Dallas.

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Salt Lake blog RSL Soapbox

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In which we get the preview on all things claret and cobalt.

With D.C. United playing Real Salt Lake tomorrow night, we go in contact with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox to talk about the game.

Questions for RSL Soapbox

B&RU: This is the first season without Jason Kreis and with Jeff Cassar.

RSL Positive Despite Lackluster Draw Against FCD

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. -Real Salt Lake was on the verge of making history heading into their match against FC Dallas. All they had to do was not lose and they would tie the longest unbeaten streak to start the season for an MLS team.

In a rather uneventful 90 minutes, FCD clogged the midfield and RSL was unable to do anything to break them down.

Dallas-ex Jeff Cassar off to winning start as coach of Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)

By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

When former Dallas Burn scoring star Jason Kreis left Real Salt Lake to lead MLS expansion team New York City FC, it was no surprise when another Dallas-ex was chosen to replace him as coach.

Opposite View - Three Questions With RSL Soapbox

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This week we chat with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox, SBN's Real Salt Lake blog, and find out what to expect from the 2013 MLS Cup Runners Up.

tBG: Real Salt Lake has had a rough past few months, losing the MLS Cup Final to Sporting Kansas City and then losing manager Jason Kreis to New York City FC.

MLS Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The conversation about the merits of Michael Bradley over Kyle Beckerman will reach a boiling point on Saturday as Bradley's Toronto FC travel to face Beckerman's Real Salt Lake.

The highly-anticipated match will be the first occasion for fans to see the two American midfielders face each other since Bradley left the league after the 2005 season.

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Real Salt Lake

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

Red Bulls Notes: Red Bulls not contacted yet over Fraser; Looking to add CB depth; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Despite being a reported target for multiple head coaching positions this offseason, New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke doesn't believe that assistant coach Robin Fraser is leaving the club any time soon.

Both the Jamaican Football Federation and the Colorado Rapids are reportedly currently considering the Jamaican-American to be their next head coach (with Real Salt Lake also previously showing interest before choosing Jeff Cassar).

Freedom Kicks for 19 December 2013: Coach-changing madness

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In this edition of your morning Freedom Kicks, we have coaches changing jobs, USL Pro news, and DeRo going home.

While there was plenty of D.C. United news yesterday, there were actually things happening elsewhere in the league as well. Let your morning Freedom Kicks keep you up to date as we give you a sampling of news from around the league.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, USA-Mexico and the election, more

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Alberg reflects on adjusting to MLS, looks ahead to 2017, and other Union news. New dimension to USA-Mexico game following Tuesday's presidential election. More.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 1-2 RSL

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Mike and Matthew's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and more.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 2-2 RSL

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room interviews with Cristian Maidana, Zac MacMath, Ray Gaddis and Andrew Wenger, Also, postgame quote sheet.

Vart on Union options, agent “101%” certain Valdes won’t play in 2014 MLS first half, Williams No. 1 RB

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Vartughian says Union looking for options in and out of MLS. Valdes' agent on his current status. Williams ranked No. 1 MLS right back by Soccer America. More news.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Bastian Schweinsteiger to Chicago

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RSL fires Jeff Cassar and the Copa America will return to the US in 2020.

MLS/NWSL

Bastian Schweinsteiger is coming to MLS - the 32-year-old former German captain will join the Chicago Fire on a 1-year deal as their third DP.

RSL has parted ways with head coach Jeff Cassar, and will begin looking at potential candidates to replace him immediately.

Know Your Enemy: Real Salt Lake

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Praying for victory.

OTF's Stephen Mangatis putting on his formal attire...

In This Book Title is Invisible, author Jarod Kintz wrote "A tie is like an arrow pointing to my crotch." While he probably was referring to a neck tie, Chicago Fire can relate to the quote since their string of ties is pointing right at their crotch, which is now being kicked by MLS opponents.

Cassar and Cooper find new gigs

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Earlier this week, someone with ties to both the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas eras got a head coaching job in MLS. Of course, we're talking about former Burn and FCD goalkeeper Jeff Cassar, who also served as Dallas' keepers coach for a short time.

Cassar was named the new head coach for Real Salt Lake earlier this week after serving ably as Jason Kreis' top lieutenant since 2007.

More former FCD’ers getting coaching gigs

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You have to admire the sheer efficiency of the Real Salt Lake ownership for how quickly they have moved to name two finalists to replace Jason Kreis as head coach.

Not even a week after they lost to Sporting Kansas City in MLS Cup 2013, the RSL powers that be have named former FCD goalkeeper Jeff Cassar and Robin Fraser, one-time Chivas USA head coach who before that had some productive years in Salt Lake as a player, as their two finalists to replace Kreis, who left the club earlier this week to become the first head coach of expansion side New York City FC.