RSL Legend Jason Kreis Returns To Club In Director Role

Dec 12, 2023, 9:31 AM | Updated: Dec 14, 2023, 10:55 am

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GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - MARCH 28: Jason Kreis coach of United States gestures during the semifinals match between Honduras and USA as part of the 2020 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying at Jalisco Stadium on March 28, 2021 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – RSL announced that they are welcoming a familiar face back to Utah on Tuesday.

Former Real Salt Lake captain and head coach Jason Kreis is entering a Director of Operations and Special Projects role with his former club.

Kreis was Real’s first-ever player when the club began play in 2005.

He played in Utah for three seasons before retiring from the pitch in 2007.

However, Kreis wasn’t done with soccer. He stepped into a head coaching role with RSL and led the club to many successes from 2007 to 2013.

Jason Kreis Returns To Utah

Kreis coached Real Salt Lake when the Utah club climbed the mountain and won their only MLS Cup in 2009.

Kreis’ return comes after a handful of moves in the front office and coaching staff.

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Kreis held five different coaching roles in the past decade. Most recently, he was an assistant coach for Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF.

Jason Kreis Speaks On Return To RSL

On Thursday, Kreis spoke with media for the first time since his return and made his excitement well-known.

“The most important thing for me is to convey how happy and excited I am,” Kreis said. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity and what I can do for the club and community.”

Kreis went on to say that he had his eyes on a return for a while now.

“The move was very much wanted,” Kreis said. “I have been thinking about making this transition for a year and a half now. I was thinking where the best spot for me to do this is and it was Real Salt Lake.”

Real Salt Lake President John Kimball previewed the move and welcomed Kreis back to Utah.

“Jason’s return to Utah is an exciting development for our entire Club,” said Kimball. “There is literally nothing Jason has not seen or experienced from a coaching and playing perspective as the League and sport have grown domestically. Returning to a place he and his family dearly love, to a Club he helped build, gives Jason an opportunity to be exposed to and learn new aspects of our business, to see our community from a new perspective, and to utilize his vast experience and connections across the world in support of Pablo, Kurt and everyone across our Club.”

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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