NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kreis has stepped down as coach of Real Salt Lake, three days after losing Major League Soccer's championship game, to become coach of the expansion New York City FC team that starts play in 2015.
Kreis, who turns 41 on Dec. 29, played for Salt Lake from 2005-07 before becoming coach. He led the team to the 2009 MLS Cup championship, becoming the youngest coach to win the title.
He also led the team to finals in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League, this year's U.S. Open Cup and Saturday's MLS final, where Salt Lake lost to Sporting Kansas City on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie. Kreis finishes 90-71-58 with Salt Lake in MLS, reaching the playoffs in all six seasons, and 111-8-69 in all competitions.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Real Salt Lake, including its fantastic fans for the many special years I spent there. I wish them all the very best for the future," Kreis said in a statement released Tuesday.
NYCFC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, said Kreis will start work with the team in January. Kreis will spend time in England working with Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini, director of football Txiki Bergiristain and reserves manager Patrick Vieira.