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Real Salt Lake retains head coach Jeff Cassar for 2017 season

SANDY — Jeff Cassar will return for a fourth season as head coach of Real Salt Lake.

The club announced Wednesday that it will retain the embattled head coach for next season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Jeff deserves the 2017 year to continue our club’s competitive growth,” RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said in a statement. “His body of work this year — despite the team’s late-season slide — and the overwhelming endorsement of him by numerous voices in our locker room confirm my belief that his continuity and our foundation set up Claret-and-Cobalt success in an extremely competitive Western Conference next season.”

Real Salt Lake finished its 12th season with a 12-12-10 record after a late-season slide, then was eliminated from the playoffs with a 3-1 loss to the L.A. Galaxy on Oct. 26. RSL was winless in its final eight games of the season, including the playoff loss.

Cassar has amassed a 38-35-29 regular-season record in MLS action during his three seasons as RSL's head coach. He was an assistant for seven seasons with RSL before becoming head coach.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Mr. Hansen and Real Salt Lake has given me,” Cassar said in a statement. “While I am not satisfied with the lack of hardware during my tenure, I do believe that the infrastructure, resources and talent at our disposal for 2017 will be greatly rewarding for the entire RSL family, especially our incredible fan base.”