Sandy, Utah----San Jose State University soccer great and veteran MLS defender C.J. Brown, was named to the MLS Real Salt Lake's Technical Staff as an assistant coach.
Following the 2010 campaign, the 35-year-old Brown ended his 13-year career in Major League Soccer, all with the Chicago Fire. Brown will join the Real Salt Lake in time for their opening training camp on January 23.
"I'm very excited to be joining a top-notch organization in Real Salt Lake," Brown said recently in a local interview. "This opportunity could not have come about any better, going from a great club during my playing days and then moving on to begin my coaching career with an excellent team and great coaching staff in Jason (Kreis), Jeff (Cassar), and Miles (Joseph)."
Brown played his collegiate career at San Jose State that ran from 1994 through 1997. He finished with 11 points (5 goals and 1 assist) and was named a two-time All-Conference Player in 1995 and 1996.
"As a sophomore, C.J. was the captain of his team. He was an absolute huge player at San Jose State," stated San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. "C.J. anchored a very good defense that went 15-4 in 1994 and ranked in the Top 20. He had a tremendous career here and was arguably one of the best MLS players. He will have a very successful coaching career because of his knowledge and how personable he is."
After playing at San Jose State University, the Bay Area native began his professional career with the USISL's (United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues) San Francisco Bay Seals in 1995. Brown joined the Fire in 1998, the year the franchise was formed, as an MLS supplemental draft pick. In addition to his standout MLS career, Brown would catch the attention of the U.S. National Team program, making 15 "caps" for the Red, White & Blue's senior squad between 1998 and 2003.
Brown retired from the playing field last October as one of the most respected and consistent center backs in MLS history. Brown logged a club-record 370 appearances in a Fire jersey, of which 32 were in the playoffs, and holds the club record with 25,738 minutes played. He won one MLS Cup (1998), four U.S. Open Cups and the 2003 Supporters' Shield.