The Seattle Sounders hire Freddy Juarez as assistant coach to work under long-time manager Brian Schmetzer, the club announced Wednesday.
The Sounders were in desperate need of a boost after former assistant coach Gonzalo Pineda left to accept the vacant head coaching position at Atlanta United.
“I am very pleased to add a coach of Freddy’s caliber to our staff. I respect the job he did as head coach at Real Salt Lake, and his eye for the game will be a tremendous asset for our team,” Schmetzer said in Wednesday’s release.
“When considering candidates to bring into our coaches room, there were certain characteristics I was looking for: humble, hard-working, honest, loyal to the club. I believe Freddy checks every box and I am looking forward to bringing him on board.”
Juarez has a long history of coaching, serving as Real Salt Lake manager after first taking over on an interim basis in October 2019 for Mike Petke. He quickly guided RSL to a winning record to earn a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
He first joined the Utah-based Major League Soccer club as youth academy coach in 2010 before making his way to leading the first team.
“I am excited for this new challenge and looking forward to working with Brian and his staff to contribute to the continued success of this incredible club,” Juarez said.
“I’m so grateful to everyone that has reached out and welcomed me as family into the Sounders ranks. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing community and can’t wait to get to the grind for the fans at Lumen Field.”
The Sounders currently lead the Western Conference with a record of 12W-4L-6D record and 42 points.