Despite leading Real Salt Lake to Western Conference Semifinals this year, interim head coach Freddy Juarez won’t make his job permanent. Instead, the team is reportedly looking to bring back the team legend Jason Kreis.
According to multiple reports, Real will interview Kreis for both head coach and general manager positions. Reportedly, the two sides had initial discussions in September, and they will continue talks in the coming days.
Kreis is currently serving as a manager of United States U23 sides, looking to get the team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, while also acting as a senior academy director at Inter Miami CF. His most recent MLS job was coaching Orlando City from 2016 to 2018.
Jason Kreis has deep ties with Real Salt Lake as he was the franchise’s first player in history when he joined from Dallas Burn in 2004. Kreis also scored the team’s first goal and went on to make a total of 58 appearances in three years. Following his retirement as a player in 2007, he was named Real’s head coach.
Kreis spent six seasons as Salt Lake’s manager, during which he led the team to the MLS Cup win in 2009. He posted 112-85-64 managerial record before departing to New York in 2013 to become the first head coach of NYCFC.