Chris Connolly has been named president of the Utah Freezz indoor soccer team. Connolly replaces Tim Mouser, who served as team president the past two years.
The Freezz shared staff with the Utah Grizzlies during its first two years, but during the offseason the Freezz restructured their ownership and created a separate staff.
Connolly, 36, was born in Wales where he became a national soccer hero. He was the national team captain of the under-14, 15, 16, 18 and 21 squads. After his playing days, Connolly worked as a coach, soccer camp director and in promotions and television.
"Being a not-for-profit organization and professional sports franchise, I would like this team to become Utah's biggest asset on and off the field, " Connolly said. "The owners brought me in to guide the Freezz ship."
The Freezz are hosting a free exhibition game at the E Center today against the Utah Brazil All-Stars. Season ticket holders can meet and greet the players on the field at 11 a.m. with the game to follow. The regular season opener will be Aug. 18 against Sacramento at the E Center.