Chris Armas is an attractive coaching candidate in the MLS right now.Getty Images

Real Salt Lake fired head coach Jeff Cassar on Monday and the search for a replacement is in full-effect. Their new head coach won’t be coming from the New York Red Bulls though.


Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source tell Metro New York that the Rio Tinto side reached out to the Red Bulls and enquired about speaking to assistant coach Chris Armas but he declined to pursue the opportunity.


An assistant with the Red Bulls the last two seasons, Armas is a former MLS midfielder who was a vital cog of the United States national team for many seasons.


He is seen as a future head coach around the league by many individuals.


Armas was one of the original members of the coaching staff brought in by head coach Jesse Marsch two years. His MLS career spanned 12 seasons, the majority of which were spent with the Chicago Fire where he was six times an All-Star and won an MLS Cup in 1998.

The other prominent member of the coaching staff, Denis Hamlett, was promoted this offseason to the role of sporting director after serving as an assistant under Marsch the last two years