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Will NYCFC hire Jason Kreis as head coach?

The odds are fairly good that he'll be leaving the RioT for Gotham.

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Here we go:

MLS expansion club New York City FC hopes to take the field in 2015 with Jason Kreis as head coach, has learned. 

Brian Straus, if you’ll remember, was the writer who penned that explosive piece on how fractured the US Men’s National Team was prior to the “Snow Bowl” against Costa Rica. His reward for that phenomenal piece was to be laid off by The Sporting News

I’ve learned that if Straus is reporting it, there’s at least a grain of truth to the matter. Frankly, the pool isn’t that deep. If Claudio Reyna, and by extension, City are looking to bring in a coach with MLS experience, there’s only a few realistic options:

  • Jason Kreis.
  • Caleb Porter, who’s in his first season coaching Portland.
  • Bob Bradley, who’s in the midst of a stellar coaching run with Egypt’s national team, and has them on the brink of their first World Cup in 24 years, despite two revolutions. 
  • Bruce Arena, who’s probably the most decorated American coach coaching today. 

We can rule out Porter right off the bat, since he hasn’t even finished his first season. If Egypt don’t qualify for the World Cup, Bradley would be available, but my guess is that a return to MLS would be a bit of a comedown. If anything, Bradley will be looking to coach in Europe, maybe with a national team, maybe with a club. 

What about Arena? Arena’s essentially the American version of Sir Alex Ferguson at this point — as long as the LA Galaxy are MLS title contenders, the job is his for life. There’s little upside for him to move back across the country and coach in New York City again. 

Kreis, meanwhile, is going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Put it all together, and the odds are fairly good that Kreis could be leaving the RioT for Gotham. 

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