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Sacramento Republic hire Matt Glaeser as assistant head coach

Former pro GK to also serve as director of goalkeeping.

Glaeser and Briggs in their Real Monarchs days.
Courtesy of Republic FC

Sacramento Republic FC announced Friday they have hired Matt Glaeser to serve on their technical staff for the 2021 season. Glaeser will be assistant head coach and director of goalkeeping for Republic FC.

Glaeser joins Sacramento from the Real Salt Lake organization. He was an assistant coach for RSL in 2020, focusing on set pieces, and also served as an assistant coach at Real Monarchs, dating back to the 2017 season.

“Matt’s technical expertise, opposition scouting and sharp eye for set piece tactics set him apart as a coach and we’re thrilled to have him join our team,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant in a team statement. “He brings a winning pedigree and will be a great resource for all goalkeepers in the club from our academy all the way through to the first team.”

Glaeser is a former professional goalkeeper himself, going undrafted out of college in 2007 but signing with USL League Two side Western Mass Pioneers in 2008. The following year, he won a pro deal after a trial with Finnish third-tier side Pallo-Iirot, before returning stateside to play for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers from 2010-13. He wrapped up his playing career with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2014-15, where he met Republic FC head coach Mark Briggs, who was just embarking on his coaching career at that point. The duo moved over to the Real Monarchs set-up together to coach.

“It’s an honor to join Republic FC and build on the club’s successful foundation,” said Glaeser. “I’m excited to reunite with Mark, and I’m looking forward to joining the staff and team to begin preparing for next season.”

“It’s great to be working with Matt again,” said Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs. “He’s a massive addition and to prize him from an MLS staff is a huge get. He instantly improves us.”

Sac Republic are underway in preparations for the 2021 season, with it still unclear when the season will start. Obviously we’ll have that information for you when we get it.

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