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Orlando City parts ways with Jason Kreis

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Jason Kreis has been fired by Orlando City SC, and Bobby Murphy will take control of the team while it undergoes a coaching search.

The former USMNT player led Real Salt Lake from 2007-13, but has struggled with expansion sides New York City SC and now OCSC.

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Orlando is in the Eastern Conference’s sixth spot with a 6W-8L-1T record, and had won just 21 of its 64 games under Kreis. From OrlandoCitySC.com:

“This is a very difficult decision to take, but sometimes in sports we must make tough decisions with the best future of the organization in mind,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said. “I have enormous respect for Jason and the work his team did in Orlando. He arrived in a difficult moment and is leaving with a legacy of respect and professionalism. Now is the time to look forward, keep our heads high and continue pushing toward the many goals we set this season.”

Orlando City CEO rips “troublemaker” Larin for Besiktas exit

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Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao took the microphone for one last set of comments about the club’s former star striker Cyle Larin.

Saying this was indeed the last time he’d talk about the Canadian striker engineering a transfer to Besiktas by refusing to acknowledge validity in his contract with the MLS club, Leitao tore into Larin.

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The 22-year-old player was clear that he planned to leave MLS following last season, but he thought he was free to leave the team while Orlando expected a transfer fee (which it eventually received).

Leitao said players are becoming more professional all the time, but Larin is an exception to the rule. When Larin showed up Besiktas, the thought process changed at Orlando City. From ProSoccerUSA.com’s Alicia DelGallo:

“At this moment, we have a conversation, ‘What’s the point to force a player with that character, with that personality, a troublemaker? What’s the point of bringing a player like that back to the club?’” Leitão said. “So we decided to engage in negotiations with the Turkish club and came up with, in my opinion, a very good negotiation and result for us as a club.”

Larin was on the bench with the hopes of making his Besiktas debut in Tuesday’s Turkish Cup win over Genclerbirligi Ankara, but did not make an appearance.