SALT LAKE CITY — Speculation about Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis leaving to coach another Major League Soccer team has been circulating since September. But a new report says Kreis is almost certain to be the head coach at New York City FC — MLS' newest franchise.
Kreis has been in contract negotiations with RSL all season with his contract ending after the year. Si.com's Brian Straus tweeted Monday that according to a source, Kreis is "almost 100 percent" sure to accept the NYCFC job.
However, Kreis tweeted later Monday that he hasn't made a decision, and won't until after their game on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City.
"As I said and meant in September, focus needs to be on the team and the job at hand! Decision will come after our final game of 2013!"
The news of Kreis potentially accepting a job in New York is sure to come as a distraction to the franchise who is focusing on their second MLS Cup appearance in their short time in the league. RSL's game against Sporting KC will be their first MLS Cup appearance since winning the MLS Cup in 2009.
As I said and meant in September, focus needs to be on the team and the job at hand! Decision will come after our final game of 2013!— Jason Kreis (@JasonKreis) December 2, 2013
Straus talked to sources in September who said Kreis flew to the U.K. to speak with NYCFC and Manchester City leadership, upon which an offer was rumored to be given to Kreis.
Kreis and RSL ownership will not confirm reports of a job offer. In September, RSL vice president Trey Fitz-Gerald told Straus, "We are aware of inquiries made as to the future availability of head coach Jason Kreis. He is obviously an attractive candidate. Our ongoing conversations with him regarding his long-term future continue to be positive and productive."
NYCFC is the league's 20th franchise, with the expansion rights being purchased by Manchester City and the New York Yankees for $100 million.