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Official: Jason Kreis leaving RSL, NYCFC-bound

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

According to a press release issued by New York City FC, bound for MLS in 2015, Jason Kreis will be joining their organization as head coach.

Kreis, who abruptly retired at the bequest of then-Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts in 2007, leaves RSL less than 72 hours after his side lost the 2013 MLS Cup in penalties.

Where exactly this leaves Real Salt Lake is difficult to immediately measure. Dell Loy Hansen has issued a statement through RSL communications effectively saying that the club will continue forward with the Kreis-led "Team is the Star" philosophy.

Garth Lagerwey told ESPN 700 today that a new coach should be announced no later than the middle of next week.

This ends the ongoing saga of Jason Kreis's contract and certainly ends an era at Real Salt Lake, having been only the club's second coach.

Kreis, in an NYCFC press release:

"I am looking forward to making my contribution to New York City FC from the very outset. The opportunity to develop the first professional club based in New York City was impossible to pass up as was the chance to immerse myself in the football operations in Manchester observing some of the leading figures in European football. There will be a lot to do before our inaugural season in 2015, but I'm confident that with the support teams in the City organization, we will be well placed to hit the ground running.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Real Salt Lake, including its fantastic fans for the many special years I spent there. I wish them all the very best for the future."