Former Dynamo Waibel, Dalglish Named RSL Assisstants

Bob Levey

Former Dynamo Craig Waibel and Paul Dalglish were named to the coaching staff of Real Salt Lake yesterday in the latest of their changes.

Change is sometimes a necessary thing. This is something that Real Salt Lake supporters have had to acknowledge in the weeks since their loss in the MLS Cup Final. That same week, in what might've been the worst kept secret in the league, coach Jason Kreis was named the first head coach of New York City FC, which will start play in 2015. When they named Jeff Cassar their new head coach last month, it was known that he would be bring a new staff with him.

Yesterday, that staff was named - four assistants, all former players - but there are two that will be instantly familiar to Dynamo fans: Craig Waibel and Paul Dalglish. Both have coaching experience, so it's not as surprising a move as you might think. Waibel was an assistant at the college level, with the University of Michigan in 2011 and the University of Washington since 2012. A former defender, it is hoped that his experience with the college game will aid RSL in the draft next week. Dalglish has a more extensive resume - he started as a Dynamo assistant in 2009, was the first coach for NASL side F.C. Tampa Bay in 2010, and most recently coached USL PDL side Austin Aztex in 2012 and 2013, winning the league championship. A striker with experience on both sides of the Atlantic, it's hoped that he can translate that experience into a solid assistants role.

It will be interesting to see if the style of either is echoed much in the club's play, but Dynamo fans will get the chance to see on May 11th, when RSL visits BBVA Compass Stadium for the only regular season meeting this year.

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