Jason Kreis is out as Orlando City coach

Fifteen games into Orlando City's roller-coaster season, Jason Kreis is out as the Lions' head coach.

On Friday night, Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao announced the decision to part ways with Kreis and assistants CJ Brown and Miles Joseph. A third assistant, Bobby Murphy, will remain in charge while the team searches for a new head coach.

In playoff hunt. The move comes with Orlando City in sixth place in the Eastern Conference but riding a six-game losing streak with losses of 3-0, 5-2 and 3-0 in its last three games. The slide follows a run of six straight wins.

In 2017, Kreis' first full season in charge, the Lions also started hot but then collapsed. They won six of their first seven games -- then just four times the rest of the season.

"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,” Leitao 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."

Of MLS expansion teams, only Toronto FC, which took eight seasons to make the playoffs, went more seasons without making the playoffs than Orlando City, who failed to advance to the postseason in its first three seasons.

Defensive issues. Orlando City spent heavily to upgrade its team in the offseason with the arrival of Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram, Josue Colman and Oriol Rosell. But the Lions have never resolved their defensive problems. After Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Montreal, they are tied with San Jose for the worst defense in MLS with an average of 2.06 goals allowed per game.

Kreis, 45, joined Orlando City in July 2016, halfway through its second season, and leaves with a 21-29-14 record in MLS play. He spent seven seasons as the head coach at Real Salt Lake, winning MLS Cup in 2009, finishing second in the league in 2013 and taking RSL to the Concacaf Champions League final in 2011.

But he has now failed to replicate that success with Orlando City and New York City FC, where he left after its first season, having accumulated an 10-17-7 record.
4 comments about "Jason Kreis is out as Orlando City coach".
  1. Ronnie L, June 16, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.

    If I was to give advise to Jason I would tell him to take a one year off and work on TV so he can learn how to cool down and smile more, regroup during that one year and come back with a different attitude. Tht guy's is too serious and maybe a bit arrogant. He needs to learn how to relax a bit. Intense personalities can cause some damage sometime. Not saying you should be a clown and joke around all the time, but being a little loose can do you some good sometimes. 

  2. charles davenport replied, June 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.

    Good advise, Ronnie. All coaches don't fit all clubs.

  3. Craig Cummings, June 16, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.

    I believe he is looked at as  maybe the next USMNT team coach. Yes?

  4. Jim Ngo replied, June 18, 2018 at 12:37 a.m.

    I will guess that this is highly unlikely since Earnie Stewart is the general manager. Before Philadelphia, Earnie spent decades in the Dutch League under the Dutch coaching system. I think he will favor a coach who has had a lot of training the way Dutch teams emphasize formal coaching education.

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