Jason Kreis leaves Real Salt Lake to coach New York City FC
Just days after , Jason Kreis' tenure at Real Salt Lake is over as the coach is officially announced as new coach of New York City FC.
RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said:
"I'd like to thank Jason for a remarkably successful run during his nine years with as both a player and as a head coach. Jason obviously leaves the Utah soccer scene significantly better than he found it, building the competitive foundation of one of Major League Soccer's elite organizations.”
The 40-year-old Kreis will officially join NYCFC in January and will travel to England to spend time with the co-owners of the new MLS franchise, Manchester City to observe "the club’s approach to coaching, training, and player development, with the goal of applying similar approaches to ."
Kreis, whose RSL contract runs out this year, said in an NYCFC statement:
“I am looking forward to making my contribution to New York City FC from the very outset. The opportunity to develop the first professional club based in New York City was impossible to pass up as was the chance to immerse myself in the football operations in Manchester observing some of the leading figures in European football.
"There will be a lot to do before our inaugural season in 2015, but I’m confident that with the support teams in the City organization, we will be well placed to hit the ground running."
NYCFC director of soccer Claudio Reyna added: "Jason is one of the true pioneers of Major League Soccer, and a leader any team would be proud to have at the helm. His skills and experience, together with his commitment to quality football make him the ideal choice to lead New York City FC in its first season and beyond.
"He has already left a historic mark on the league, both as a player and coach and we have every confidence in him continuing to do so at New York City FC.”
Salt Lake are expected to announce Kreis’ replacement next week. Real assistant Jeff Cassar, New York Red Bulls assistant and former RSL assistant Robin Fraser and former USA international Eric Wynalda are understood to be leading candidates.
Kreis moved to RSL from Dallas Burn ahead of the Utah team's expansion season iun 2005 and took over as head coach in 2007. In 2009 he took RSL to the MLS Cup title and took the team to the playoffs for each of the next four seasons. For all of Kreis' success, the club found it difficult to leap the final hurdle: RSL lost the 2011 Concacaf Champions League final and in 2013 both the US Open Cup and Cup finals.
The announcement comes shortly after the on-field leader of RSL's Cup final opponents, Sporting Kansas City's .