I’ve known this man for a long, long time and it needs to be mentioned that he’s one of the most honest and sincere people I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside, as well as interviewed. In Part Two, we discuss the legacy Kreis leaves behind, the fan culture in Salt Lake City and much more.
I was incredibly fortunate to have the chance to head up to Park City and sit down with Jason Kreis following the announcement that he was leaving Real Salt Lake and taking the opportunity to become to first head coach for New York City FC.
This is Part One of the interview.
Nike Football enlisted ashley Cole and Gerard Pique for these promo spots about the Nike Tiempo. Each athlete has a unique theme that they touch on in the videos. Ashley Cole’s reminds people that he’s not done yet and lists some of his accomplishments. Gerard Pique’s, which you can see below touches on the idea that maybe he is too nice on the pitch.
Here is the translation from the Pique video:
You think I’m nice?
We’ve never met on the pitch.
Do you know what you need, to play centerback for Barcelona?
Do you really think that only strikers win titles? Not here.
I am Tiempo.”
Stay tuned for much more from Nike and the legendary Tiempo boot…
* I dont need this movie to come out now, I need this movie to come out RIGHT NOW!!!
Edge of Tomorrow is an upcoming British/American science-fiction film directed by Doug Liman from a screenplay adapted by Dante Harper. Based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton and is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on June 6, 2014.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) and Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) team up to fight a hostile alien race known as Mimics, with Cage continually returning to a fatal battle through a time loop.
Check out the trailer after the jump…..
~~ 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.
Just over five years ago (Late November of 2009) we were in Seattle for MLS Cup between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. We had started The Original Winger less than a year before and and had released our first collection of shirts with Bumpy Pitch that year, and we were lucky to have already met some great folks in our short journey. Some of those early folks we had linked up with had been running their own sites for longer than we had and they were guys that we looked up. Each had their own outlook and unique perspective on the sport. We connected with them and vibed and decided to throw an impromptu party on the Friday night of MLS Cup weekend (the game was on the Sunday). Shouts to Shawn Francis, Adam Spangler, Bruce McGuire and Ives Galarcep.
On a cold and wet night in Seattle we all got on our phones and social media platforms and reached out to whoever we could and invited them down to Kells Irish Pub. Slowly but surely the bar started filling up and what once intended as a one night get together ended up with is duplicating the scene the next night and making it a back to back session of parties at Kells.
Fast forward five years and we find ourselves throwing our fifth party on the weekend of MLS Cup. And this year the party we hoisted kept the same theme of doing it with friends. This time it was with EA SPORTS and KickTV, with a special appearance by our boy Robbie Rogers and his Beyond “it” foundation.
This time around we chose a renovated venue in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City that some locals weren’t even aware of. Half production offices and photo studio and half event space, The Guild turned out to be the perfect place to celebrate MLS Cup, hang with old friends, make some new ones and hold our fifth MLS Cup party.
Shout to our friends / fam / colleagues and fans that were able to make it out and have a good time with us.
MORE PICTURES AFTER THE JUMP……
A good look at the Camo / Black color way drop in the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Mid, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.