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Report: New York City FC has Jason Kreis in its sights as first head coach

Sep 19, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

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Jason Kreis flew to Manchester, England, to meet with Manchester City and New York City FC officials this month to discuss becoming the expansion club’s first head coach, according to Kreis is in the final year of his contract with Real Salt Lake.

Brian Straus reported that New York City FC is pursuing Kreis heavily, although RSL won’t be quick to let the coach that brought it up from the bottom of MLS go easily.

“We are aware of inquiries made as to the future availability of head coach Jason Kreis,” an RSL spokesman told “He is obviously an attractive candidate. Our ongoing conversations with him regarding his long-term future continue to be positive and productive.”

The new club, announced this summer as Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise, has already named Claudio Reyna as director of football operations and former Rutgers University athletic director Tim Pernetti as chief business officer. NYCFC, jointly owned by Manchester City and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, has yet to name a home stadium for its first season in 2015.

Real Salt Lake is a club with some serious question marks surrounding its future, as Kreis is in the final year of his deal, and general manager Garth Lagerwey has been linked with the open general manager job at Toronto FC. Kreis and Lagerwey have been the architects of RSL’s rise from obscurity on the Wasatch Front to 2009 MLS Cup champion and 2011 CONCACAF Champions League finalist.

  1. mdac1012 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Kreis would be a great choice. It would be smart for NYCFC to bring in a manager that knows the league and has already had success as opposed to bringing in a European manger.

  2. talgrath - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Smart move on the part of NYCFC, RSL’s coach has been their strongest point for years now. Kreis gives them boots on the ground experience in MLS, so to speak; the only question is how much can/will RSL pony up to try to keep Kreis and how much would NYCFC be willing to spend to acquire Kreis. Some might say Kreis is pretty loyal to RSL, but I’d point out that he was with Dallas (back when they were the burn) for longer than with RSL; and if NYCFC is paying significantly more, it is hard to imagine anyone passing up a much larger paycheck (particularly in the world of sports where a coach is one bad season from being fired).

  3. overtherepermanently - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    It would likely be a great move for his career – moving to a bigger market and a club with a bigger payroll. Wise move on the part of City. That being said, I’d really feel for the RSL fans if that were to happen.

  4. hildezero - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I agree with all of you guys. This is the smartest move NYCFC could’ve come up with in regards to a coaching decision.

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