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Orlando City parts ways with coach Jason Kreis

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Orlando City SC has agreed to part ways with Head Coach Jason Kreis, effective immediately, according to a team release issued Friday afternoon.

Assistant coach Bobby Murphy will lead the team while the Club conducts a comprehensive search for a new Head Coach. He interimed as head coach nearly two years ago to the day when the club replaced Adrian Heath and brought Kreis aboard.

His first appearance leading the team will be in a U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday in Washington against D.C. United. The team’s next MLS match is on June 23 at Orlando City Stadium against the Montreal Impact. The Lions lost to the Impact, 3-0, in Montreal Wednesday, the match that will serve as Kreis’ last with the club.

“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,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said in the release. “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.”

Assistant Coaches CJ Brown and Miles Joseph have also left the Club by mutual agreement, effective immediately.

Kreis joined Orlando City halfway through the Club’s second year in Major League Soccer in July 2016. Under his leadership, the Lions built a 21-29-14 MLS record and 1-1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup. The team is currently in the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Kreis made wholesale changes to the roster this year, bringing in veterans like Sacha Kljestan and Justin Meram to bolster the offensive attack and central defender Lamine Sané to strengthen the defense. But Meram has been largely ineffective, and Sané and other key components like fellow center back Jonathan Spector and striker Dom Dwyer, who the club traded assets and allocation money to acquire last year, and others have missed significant time with injuries.