Real Salt Lake owner David W. Checketts named Bill Manning, a former executive of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team's new president on Monday. Manning will replace interim president Alan Pace on April 15.
Pace will continue to be a partner in the club's parent company, SCP Worldwide overseeing new soccer-related business ventures for the company.
"(Bill's) experience in the National Football League and professional soccer is a wonderful combination that I feel will carry Real Salt Lake to new heights," said Checketts. "It has always been my goal to have the best franchise in MLS. I know Bill is the right person to lead us as we prepare to move into our world-class stadium."
Manning joins RSL following four seasons with the Eagles overseeing team's corporate sponsorship and premium seating.
"I am excited by the opportunity in Utah, and in many ways it is a return to my roots, which is the sport of soccer," said Manning. "Working in the NFL has been a great experience, especially with a marquee franchise like the Eagles, but the opportunity to work for Dave Checketts and join Real was too good to pass up."
Manning was with the Houston Rockets during their successful opening of the Toyota Center. His sports management career also includes experience in the soccer industry where he has held positions in MLS, the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). While in MLS he was the president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2000 and 2001, and was named MLS Executive of the Year by the Washington Post in 2000.