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By ESPN Staff

Ellinger resigns as technical director of Real Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY -- Former coach John Ellinger resigned as technical director of Real Salt Lake on Tuesday and will end his 2½-year relationship the Major League Soccer team after its next game on Aug. 18.

Ellinger, the former U.S. under-17 team coach, was the MLS expansion team's manager for its first two years, then was replaced May 3 by Jason Kreis.

"John was tireless in his pioneering efforts as our first head coach and more recently as our technical director, enlightening players, fans, media, and the community-at-large with his expertise and in building and developing the fantastic soccer culture in Utah," RSL owner Dave Checketts said.

Salt Lake has the worst record in MLS at 2-9-6.