In a piece headlined "MLS Cup coaches offer contrast," Beau Dure examines the relationship between Los Angeles' Bruce Arena
and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis
. "In the
early 1990s, Jason Kreis was an All-American soccer player at Duke whose team had the misfortune of sharing a conference with a dynasty at Virginia, where Bruce Arena coached his team to a national
championship for four consecutive years."
Kreis said that although Duke lost often to Arena's Virginia, he admired the team's playing style: "They possessed the ball and played the way I
think the game should be played. So I've always had a lot of admiration for the way Bruce coached that team."
Arena, while national team boss, also coached Kreis -- and he coached against
him when Kreis was becoming one the league's all-time leading scorers.
Dure points out that Arena has the edge in experience by a couple of decades; Kreis began his coaching career May 3,
2007 when he switched from RSL captain to coach. Says Kreis: "Bruce in particular was a lot more gracious than I thought he would be. ... He put a hand out there and helped me early on when I was
coaching. I appreciate the insight he's given me over the years.
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