Kreis quits Salt Lake for expansion NYCFC
Jason Kreis quit as coach of Real Salt Lake, three days after
losing Major League Soccer’s championship game, and will become
coach of the expansion New York City FC team that starts play in
Kreis, who turns 41 on Dec. 29, played for Salt Lake from
2005-07, then became coach. He led the team to the 2009 MLS Cup
championship, becoming the youngest coach to win the title.
He also coached the team to finals in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF
Champions League, this year’s U.S. Open Cup and Saturday’s MLS
final, where Salt Lake lost to Sporting Kansas City on penalty
kicks after a 1-1 tie.
Kreis was 90-71-58 with Salt Lake in MLS, reaching the playoffs
in all six seasons, and 111-8-69 in all competitions.
NYCFC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees,
said Tuesday that Kreis will start work with the team in January.
Kreis will spend time in England working with Manchester City coach
Manuel Pellegrini, director of football Txiki Bergiristain and
reserves manager Patrick Vieira.
Kreis had one goal in 14 appearances for the U.S. national team