December 10, 2013
KREIS IN THE CITY
Former RSL head coach joins NYCFC
New York City FC has named Jason Kreis as the team's first head coach.
|New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis.
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The long rumored appointment, which was announced Tuesday night, cames three days after Kreis guided Real Salt Lake into the MLS Cup, falling in penalty kicks to Sporting Kansas City.
Kreis will join the Major League Soccer expansion team, which will begin play in 2015 in January. He will first travel to England where he will spend time at English Premier League associate club Manchester City FC working with the team's head coach Manuel Pellegrini and other members of the Man City staff. He will learn the club's approach to coaching, training, and player development, with the goal of applying similar approaches to New York City FC.
“Jason is one of the true pioneers of Major League Soccer, and a leader any team would be proud to have at the helm," New York City FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said in a statement. "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.”
Kreis joins the Man City/New York Yankees owned club having spent nearly seven years in charge of RSL, during which time the team reached its first post-season playoff appearance in 2008 and won its first MLS Cup Championship in 2009.
"I am looking forward to making my contribution to New York City FC from the very outset," Kreis said in a statement. "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.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Real Salt Lake, including its fantastic fans for the many special years I spent there. I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Kreis, who turns 41 on Jan. 29, spent his MLS career with both the Dallas Burn and RSL. He was the league's Most Valuable Player in 1999, the third highest scorer in MLS regular season history and the first to reach 100 MLS career goals. After his retirement as a player, he was immediately named RSL's head coach, becoming the youngest active head coach in MLS in 2007.