by ANTHONY J. MERCED
According to RSL Soapbox, former New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave will join the coaching staff of the MLS2 side Real Monarchs SLC. The 35-year old will end his playing career and join former MLS head coach Mike Petke on the bench.
Olave’s main position will be that of a defensive coach. Real Monarchs SLC work similarly to many other MLS2 sides in the USL which pull from the MLS side’s academy systems. Olave will be working with Petke to best utilize that academy system and turn the fortunes of the team around after two forgettable seasons.
Olave played his final season with Real Salt Lake in 2016, the team which brought him to MLS back in 2008 as a loanee from Columbian side Deportivo Cali and then eventually as a permanent player in the United States. Over the course of his eight seasons in the league, Olave played for just two teams, with the other being the New York Red Bulls. The Columbian was the 2010 MLS Defender of the year and two time MLS All Star in 2010 and 2011.
The move for Olave is not yet official, with the team looking to confirm the change in the coming week. The deal will also give Olave a position in the commentary booth with the team’s Spanish announce team.