Following the FourFourTwo report on Sunday that Jason Kreis was in “advanced talks” with Orlando City about the vacant head coach position, Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep reports that Kreis has come to an agreement with the club and will be unveiled Wednesday as the club’s new boss.
Kreis, the former head coach of Real Salt Lake and New York City FC, replaces Adrian Heath who was fired two weeks ago with the club out of a playoff position in its second season as a part of Major League Soccer. Bobby Murphy has served as interim since Heath’s dismissal, but has picked up just two points in three matches, which currently sees Orlando City in eighth place in the East, a point back of a playoff position.
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The 43-year-old Kreis won an MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake in 2009, and was last employed by NYCFC, where he was dismissed at the end of last season – his only season in New York – and replaced by former Arsenal star Patrick Viera.
There were murmurs that Kreis would potentially wait for the Seattle job to open up, a possibility given their disaster of a season this year, but not a guarantee given Sigi Schmidt’s prior resume. Instead, he jumps at the chance to coach yet another MLS fledgling, after being given a short leash in his last attempt.
Kreis got national team experience this winter as part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s staff for January camp, and his name has been floated by many (purely out of speculation) as a potential replacement should Klinsmann eventually lose his job as USMNT head coach.
UPDATE: It’s official.