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Founding RSL exec Kimball returns to oversee Utah Soccer

John Kimball named interim president effective immediately
Damir Kreilach scores Real Salt Lake
Posted at 1:29 PM, Sep 02, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Soccer is turning to a familiar face to steady the ship during a rough patch for the organization.

John Kimball, one of the founders of Real Salt Lake, will serve as the group's interim president, effective immediately.

Kimball's return comes nearly a week after Dell Roy Hansen announced he would sell his holdings in Utah Soccer over accusations of racist behavior.

On Wednesday, more news rocked the organization when MLS announced the beginning of an investigation into Andy Carroll after allegations of sexism and workplace misconduct were made against the group's Chief Business Officer. Carroll is on an extended leave of absence during the investigation.

“John Kimball is an experienced sports executive who brings extraordinary leadership and stability to the organization,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “John was instrumental in the launch of Real Salt Lake and has a deep connection to the local soccer community. We thank the Miller family and Larry H. Miller Group of Companies CEO Steve Starks for their support during this important transition period.”

After Kimball left Real Salt Lake in 2013, he joined Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment, most recently serving as president of Vivent Smart Home Arena.