Laura Harvey Named Head Coach Of Real Salt Lake NWSL Team

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Laura Harvey has been named head coach of the new Real Salt Lake National Women’s Soccer League team.

“Laura’s record of excellence has been proven on both sides of the pond, and she obviously possesses a vast knowledge not only of the NWSL, but of international players all over the world.” Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel said.

“Visiting with [RSL owner] Dell Loy Hansen, [general manager] Craig Waibel, [RSL MLS head coach] Mike Petke and others and having the chance to see their vision for the club locally and the sport nationally and internationally, it was impossible not to get excited about what RSL looks to do for women’s soccer. The facilities and environment that we will be able to offer our players are world-class. This is a great place for me to continue to develop as a coach, and I believe we will be able to make a huge stamp on women’s soccer not just in Utah but nationwide.” Harvey said in the team’s official release.

Harvey, who was the head coach with Seattle Reign FC for five seasons, led the team to two NWSL shields and two championship games – both of which the Reign lost to former NWSL team FC Kansas City. She had initially stepped down from her position with Seattle in early November to pursue a reported opportunity with U.S. Soccer. However, as of this writing, there has been no indication of what the opportunity was or its current status.

It was also announced today that Real Salt Lake would be announcing the name of the new NWSL team this coming Wednesday – articles with updates will be posted here on Backline Soccer.

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