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Major RSL Shakeup

Breaking news: John Ellinger is out as Real Salt Lake coach after two-plus seasons and only 15 victories, Steve Pastorino is out as the GM.

I am hearing that Jason Kreis, the leading goal scorer in MLS regular season history and the 1999 league MVP, will announce his retirement to become the new coach.

More later.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 10:35 AM ET
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The Real Salt Lake ownership was very patient with Ellinger and Pastorino. But to name a coach with no previous coaching experience? Not sure if that's a good idea.

Posted by: billinmd | May 3, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, bad news for Freddy...Ellinger was a large part of his move there.

Posted by: Arrrlington | May 3, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It's never to early in the season to push the panic button!

Posted by: TG | May 3, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

But to name a coach with no previous coaching experience? Not sure if that's a good idea.

Who knows how Jason Kreis could do as a coach? Yallop, Nowak, and Preki all seemed to find early success on the sidelines after playing in MLS and then moving to the coaching ranks.

Posted by: Coaches as ex-MLSers | May 3, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

First intelligent thing the braintrust at RSL has done.

Posted by: Chico | May 3, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Kreis become the coach? That's odd. I thought Ellinger would have more time, since Jeff Cunningham saved his job last year...

Posted by: RK | May 3, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

OK who won the "When does Ellinger get fired? (Year 3)" pool?

Posted by: Kim | May 3, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

that's Jason Kreis, the leading goal scorer in MLS Regular Season history.

Our own Jaime Moreno has more goals from the regular season and playoffs.

Posted by: DCUinCT | May 3, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

good point. i'll update it. thanks!

Posted by: Goff | May 3, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ellinger was fired because Kreis wouldn't pass the ball to Freddy.

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 3, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Kreis seems to be the best move right now. Ellinger is out (Great) and they now have a young coach who knows the team inside and out. Nowak did it in his first year, I assume Kreis will have the team performing better than Ellinger. WHEN WILL THE MOVES STOP!! This year, off the field has been very exciting.

Posted by: Chris | May 3, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Kreis can't be worse as a coach than he was as a d-mid...but will he completely retire as a player or work as a player/coach?

Posted by: Matt | May 3, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

This could actually be good news for Freddy, because it puts someone in charge who might, you know, understand soccer.

Does this mean Nowak is vindicated?

Posted by: Dave Lifton | May 3, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Jason Kreis will be twice the coach Ellinger was. He at least understands the realities of MLS and what it takes to win. He's also a likeable person who will put a better face on the RSL organization.

Freddy, how's the circus?

Posted by: Logan Circle | May 3, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

a direct posting from a large futbol message board, don't know how accurate it might be:

There's a whole heck of a lot more to this story that I don't see anyone has picked up on. When they do the announcement (should be about 2pm ET), y'all are going to be completely shocked.

There's an entire closet full of shoes dropping today in Utah.

Posted by: More? | May 3, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

just in time to make a splash on Thursday Night Soccer!

Posted by: Glenn | May 3, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Ellinger was fired because he got 61 points in 68 matches. Nothing about Kreis not passing.

Posted by: donk | May 3, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I've heard that Ellinger has a job lined up at a hospital.

Posted by: Piotr | May 3, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Watch them announce that their stadium plans have fallen through again. If so, it is only a matter time before they are out of Salt Lake City.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 3, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Ellinger heads to Toronto FC in exchange for MoJo and a draft pick.

Posted by: Logan Circle | May 3, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Steve et al.,

The big question here that I think most will want to know is: how will this impact Freddy? His relationship with Ellinger was a big factor in going to RSL. IMO this will throw Freddy a bit. How he responds will say a lot.

Posted by: Dan | May 3, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Send Ellinger back to hospital!

Posted by: Piotr N. | May 3, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Kind of makes the move by Gooch (a promising young American) to Newcastle (a stumbling club) look naive compared to the move by Freddy (a promising young American) to RSL (a stumbling club). Not only are Freddy's prospects as a wunderkind uncertain without Ellinger, he doesn't have the benefit of Gooch's pending return to Standard after the expiration of his loan period to Newcastle.

Posted by: Mickey | May 3, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the correct pronunciation of "Kreis"? Is it like "Krice", or like "Krees"?

Posted by: newbie | May 3, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

There are a whole bunch of people who could immediately do a better job then Kreis: Gansler, Rongen, Hudson, Dir). The key word is immediately.

It would be a bad, bad, bad move for Kreis to be the coach without at least one year as an assistant to deal full-time with coaching responsibilities.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Kreis rhymes with ice. It's German for circle (or circuit if you're talking about electronics).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 3, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Considering that Freddy is still young and has taken hardships rather poorly (understandably for someone his age, but still), I'm going to guess that he will be unhappy.

Kreis is obviously an unpredictable coach, since he has no background in doing it. The RSL organization does love him, and no matter what you think of him, you have to admit that he's a highly competitive guy.

I have to say, I'm surprised that RSL decided that a 2-0 loss in a competitive game against an archrival that was settled by a bad individual defending error and a deflected shot is what finally caused them to move. Ellinger had a dreadful time for his first 1.5 seasons; he was often tactically outclassed, made questionable player acquisitions for the most part, and wasn't getting the most out of what he had. That said, the end of last season they were scoring often and looked to be on the right path.

Of course, trying to decipher the actions of the RSL front office is like trying to read Sanskrit to me.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 3, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So, a new coach will be on the sidelines this weekend for RSL when they take on RBNY?

Posted by: TripleJ185 | May 3, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If Kreis becomes coach, won't he want to make it his own team and make trades to improve the team immediately? That would be a rather large shoe to drop if he were to announce a major trade as his first move.

Posted by: Jason | May 3, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for Kreissake!

Posted by: Go Penn State! | May 3, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is that they will still have more points than us with a win tonight.

Goff when do we get the starting lineup for tonight's game????

Posted by: greg | May 3, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

If it's Kreis, beyond short term interim, that is a clearly nothing more than the reality that RSL does not want to be paying two head coaches in 07.

Posted by: KA | May 3, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Ellinger's staying on in a larger managerial capacity. Pastornio resigned, which makes me sad--Steve's one of the classiest guys in MLS, and with all he brought to the stadium plans, he at least should have been there to open it. I think Kreis will do well as a coach, but I always thought that's why we bought him back from Toronto--RSL seems to be pretty loyal to former players (Brian Kamler's our player development guy).

Posted by: RSL Punk | May 3, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So who thinks that owners don't care about rivalies? Both Guevara and Ellinger get fired after poor losses from their respective sides. I like the idea that Checketts, Cue and possibly other owners don't like being embarrassed by the team and disgracing the home fans. Could be a very good trend for the game over the next few years and make for much more interesting matches.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Colorado(bad boys) are responsible for fire two coaches Dallas last year and RSL today, coaches you are on notice with colorado!!!

Posted by: FM. | May 3, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Why not Harkes? The guy's been on his hands and knees begging to be a coach.

Posted by: delantero | May 3, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I would have loved to see Harkes, but from my understanding, there wasn't time. The rumor is that he was contacted, but no one was ready, and Checketts loves Kreis.

I predicted Ellinger would be fired if RSL lost to Colorado on They were heading down the same road as they were on the first two seasons, out of the playoffs by June, something had to be done.

Posted by: Keith | May 3, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg

RSL has 2 points from 2 ties, a win would give DCU 3

Posted by: Matt | May 3, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I predict that DC is going the same road, one more loss and the coach will be in hot water........maybe Harkes will take over.

Posted by: FM. | May 3, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Named coach to Kreis was tha worst they did

Posted by: tony | May 3, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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