As Real Salt Lake's Freddy Juarez era begins, players say not much has changed

But now with Mike Petke officially out of the picture after his firing late Sunday, Juarez is the head honcho with 10 games remaining in the season.

The first test for the former academy and Real Monarchs coach is against a formidable Seattle Sounders team Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Juarez had served as Petke’s assistant for the last few years, however, and was often given the opportunity by the former coach to take a hands-on role with the players.

That could make for a smoother transition now that Juarez will man the sidelines, especially with his role as acting head coach the last three weeks.

RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen described Juarez as a “very soft-spoken, deliberate and strategic coach” and a “known commodity” in an interview Monday with KUTV.

“We’re in a good spot of the season, so it’s really important if we can keep this going, especially with these three home games coming up, to really make a push for the playoffs.”

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