Jason Kreis has coached an MLS team for just 10 of the 31 most recent months of his life after leaving Real Salt Lake at the end of 2013, taking the following year “off” ahead of New York City FC’s MLS debut in 2015, only to be fired after one season.
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You couldn’t blame the 43-year-old if he were really itching to get back into the game. Now, Kreis won’t jump at just any job — sorry, Houston Dynamo, he’s going to ignore your calls if you try — but he’s also, according to a report from FourFourTwo USA, not about to sit around and wait for the Seattle Sounders to fire Sigi Schmid in order to reunite with Garth Lagerwey (that’s purely speculation, and a bit of logic).
According to the report, Kreis is in “advanced discussions” to fill Orlando City SC’s head-coaching vacancy following the dismissal of Adrian Heath, the only head coach in the team’s history (USL and MLS), less than two weeks ago.
Kreis is inarguably the marquee name as far as unemployed MLS head coaches go, meaning he’s likely to have his pick of available jobs as the 2016 season winds down and another offseason approaches. With the Sounders currently floundering in ninth place in the Western Conference, Schmid’s seat grows hotter and hotter with each passing defeat (the latest on Sunday, to the rival Portland Timbers).
Considering the Sounders’ willingness to spend big money for big names, plus perhaps the largest fanbase in MLS, the Emerald City job seems, on paper at least, the most attractive gig likely to come open ahead of the 2017 season. If Kreis is scooped up from the unemployment line now, ahead of the Sounders’ own timeline for improvement or Schmid’s removal, it’ll be an opportunity missed to snag one of the brightest young minds in American soccer.