Miami, FL (Wednesday, January 31, 2019) – Kenneth Russo –
Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continues to add members to its soccer technical staff, as the club announced the hiring of former Real Salt Lake, NYCFC and Orlando City coach Jason Kreis to join its technical staff.
Inter Miami has yet to name a head coach (manager). Sporting Director Paul McDonough reaffirmed that whomever is hired for that role will create his own staff. However, he did not rule out that the possibility that Kreis could end up on the first-team coaching staff. “At this time, we’re not going to name coaching positions, but he will not be the head coach of Inter Miami,” McDonough stated. “Right now, Jason will be involved in everything we are doing on the technical side of the club, from scouting players for all levels of the club to training ground construction, and we’ll use his experiences to help us as we continue to grow.”
Inter Miami is interested in fielding a lower division team in USL, and is looking at various sites for its academy and training centre. Just a few days ago the team, through a lawfirm, sent a letter of interest to the City of Fort Lauderdale concerning a proposal to build a training ground at the site of the now shuttered Lockhart Stadium. The proposal contains a plan to build a smaller USL stadium as part of a training facility. Jason Kreis is immediately being mentioned as a coach of that eventual USL team.
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Kreis could be a natural fit to coach the USL team when Miami eventually launches one, giving it a big-name coach with MLS Cup-winning experience at the helm of its second team. He had great success in MLS early in his career, leading Real Salt Lake to two MLS Cup appearances, including an MLS Cup win in 2009. He has not enjoyed the same upward trajectory since leaving RSL for NYCFC at the end of 2013, however. The former MLS MVP was fired by NYCFC after their first season, in which the expansion side finished in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Kreis was then hired by Orlando City in the summer of 2016, but went 21-29-14 in Central Florida and was fired midway through the 2018 campaign.
Kreis seemed to be stuck in his ways in New York and Orlando, leaning on the 4-4-2 diamond formation that had been so successful with Salt Lake but looked outdated against the improving tactics and skill levels of other MLS sides. Kreis got only one year to see out his plans in New York, and though he got two years in Orlando, he was fired just months after overhauling the roster in 2018.
McDonough said Inter Miami was not deterred by Kreis’ last two stops, however, and he believes the 46-year-old coach can further his career with Inter Miami, which is set to enter MLS in 2020. McDonough said Kreis will eventually land full-time on the coaching side, and not as part of a soccer operations team that already includes former Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy scouting director Kurt Schmid and former Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic.
“I think it’s good that right now, Jason can be involved in a lot of things, but as we get closer, I see him as a coach and look forward to seeing him on the field again,” McDonough said. “He and I have spoken about (Inter’s) philosophy and our plan, and I feel pretty confident in our ownership group that they’ll stay committed to the plan that we implement for the club. The players and the coaches throughout the club will benefit from the experiences of someone who has played in the league, coached in MLS playoffs and has won an MLS Cup.”
Inter Miami now has several connections to its soon-to-be in-state rival, Orlando City. McDonough was the club’s general manager during its expansion season, Budalic served as GM for several seasons and Kreis was its coach for parts of three seasons.
Kreis also joins a familiar face from his RSL days in Miami. Inter recently hired Javi Morales, Kreis’ star No. 10 from his cup-winning team, as a coach in the academy.
Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami ha contratado a Jason Kreis para el Departamento Técnico .
Inter Miami CF anunció que Jason Kreis ha sido contratado para el Departamento Técnico del equipo. Trabajará bajo la dirección del Director Deportivo Paul McDonough.
“Estamos muy emocionados con el equipo técnico que estamos formando y ser capaces de incluir en el grupo a alguien con tanta experiencia como Jason no tiene precio” dijo McDonough. “Nuestra misión como equipo técnico será proporcionar apoyo a nuestra academia y a los entrenadores del primer equipo”.
Su carera en la MLS incluye servicio como entrenador titular para los equipos de la MLS Orlando City SC, New York City FC y Real Salt Lake.
Su mayor éxito estaba durante la gestión de Kreis como entrenador titular de Real Salt Lake. El club experimentó una era de éxitos inigualables, calificando para las eliminatorias de la MLS durante seis temporadas consecutivas, la Copa MLS en 2013 y la U.S. Open Cup en 2013. En 2009, durante su segunda temporada como entrenador titular del RSL, el club ganó el campeonato de la Copa MLS. Además, tenía éxito en la Liga de Campeones de Concacaf, dónde RSL quedó finalista en 2011.
Kreis también tuvo una carera muy exitosa como jugador, marcando 108 goles y añadiendo 74 asistencias en la MLS durante un periodo de 12 temporadas y a su vez ha jugado 14 partidos internacionales con la selección de los Estados Unidos. También, fue galardonado como el jugador más valioso de la MLS (MVP) en 1999.