Jason Kreis on his new position: “It’s an opportunity to work with the country’s brightest young stars, and it’s an opportunity to represent your country.”
Former New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis will take on his fourth role in as many years as he was named head coach of the U.S. Under-23 national team.
A member of Inter Miami CF’s technical staff, Kreis will direct the U-23 MNT at its training camp this week in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain.
The U-23s are slated to take on Egypt March 22 and the Netherlands March 24. The camp marks the beginning of a journey to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with Kreis aiming to guide the U.S. to qualification for its first men’s Olympic soccer tournament since 2008.
“Jason’s qualities and experience made him stand out as the best candidate to lead our U-23 Men’s National Team in this important cycle towards the 2020 Olympics,” U.S. men’s national team general manager Earnie Stewart said. “The U-23s are a significant part of our program, and Jason is an experienced head coach with significant success both in league and Concacaf competitions. His knowledge of the player pool is impressive, and we are confident in his ability to implement the style of play we are building with the senior MNT and throughout our national teams. We appreciate the willingness of Inter Miami CF to allow us the opportunity to take advantage of Jason’s abilities to guide this group.”
Kreis, who has over 20 years of experience both as a professional player and coach in Major League Soccer, will remain with Inter Miami CF through his assignment with the U-23 team.
He directed NYCFC in its maiden season in 2015 before he was fired. He took on a similar role with Orlando City SC in 2016 season before he was sacked and this January joined Inter Miami, which is slated to make its MLS debut in 2020.
“We are pleased for Jason and happy to work with the U.S. Soccer Federation so he could take advantage of this opportunity and coach the Under-23s ahead of an Olympic year,” Inter Miami CF’s sporting director Paul McDonough said.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” Kreis added. “It’s an opportunity to be a part of a new system under the leadership of Gregg Berhalter and Earnie leading the National Team the way that they are. It’s an opportunity to work with the country’s brightest young stars, and it’s an opportunity to represent your country. In my opinion, that’s the highest honor of all.”