Orlando City SC decided to part ways with head coach Jason Kreis on Friday in an attempt to shake things up after six straight losses in the Major League Soccer. The team has confirmed the news on their social media.
NEWS: Orlando City SC Agrees to Part Ways with Head Coach Jason Kreis.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) June 15, 2018
“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,” – said Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao in a statement. “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.“
Orlando City SC started the season in great fashion, posting a 6-2-1 record, but then lost six consecutive games including a 0-3 defeat against Montreal Impact. Majority of these losses came in a convincing fashion since Orlando conceded 20 goals and scored only 5. This team’s poor run caused them to slip down to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Assistant Bobby Murphy will serve as an interim until Orlando City SC finds a long-term replacement for Jason Kreis.
Kreis joined the Orlando halfway through 2016 season as a replacement for Adrian Heath, leading the team to eighth place in the Eastern Conference. In 2017, the team struggle once again, finishing on the 10th place.
Prior to Orlando, Jason Kreis coached New York City FC, and Real Salt Lake, with whom he has won MLS Cup in 2009.