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

from 1996-00.