~~ Over the next couple of days / weeks / months, the decision of Jason Kreis to leave Real Salt Lake and join MLS expansion upstarts New York City FC will be picked apart by virtually every single media outlet both here in the United States and around the world…. And the big question will be why? Why leave an organization that you helped build into what it is today?
Knowing Jason personally as a competitor, teammate and head coach… The easy answer is he is a true competitor, as he was as a player.
Only Jason Kreis knows exactly why the opportunity at New York City FC is what is best for he, his career and his family. And without knowing exactly what went in to his personal / professional decision, one would think that leaving Real Salt Lake would be a risk given the success both he and the team has had over the past seven years.
Over the next twelve months, there will be a break for the man that introduced the 4 – 4 – 2 ‘Diamond Formation’ to Major League Soccer and one that is probably needed… But the questions will remain. Why? The Real Salt Lake locker room is a culture that very few have been able to create. Leaving for a ‘future’ club, that without a shadow of a doubt has the money to spend, but with serious questions surrounding the stadium, training facilities, location, infrastructure, etc….
Jason Kreis is the ultimate competitor – on the field, in the locker room and as one of the most cerebral coach in the history of MLS. More than anything, he’s a man that deserves the respect from a disappointed fan base that he educated with the product he put on the field.
A new chapter begins with the next man in charge. A foundation of style, substance and youth remains in place. It’s up to those to define what the future for which this clubs hold.