Jason Kreis, who coached Orlando City, New York City FC and Real Salt Lake in MLS, has been named the head coach of the United States Under-23 team, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday afternoon.
“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,” USMNT general manager Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “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.”
The U.S. men’s national team is training in Orlando head of a friendly against Ecuador in Orlando City Stadium. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter recently said players like Tim Weah and Josh Sargent “have an opportunity, playing at a U-23 level, to gain experience.”
“When we looked players that were U-23 eligible and weren’t necessarily going to be in our starting group, we had to weigh, is it more beneficial for them to try to play full international at level where they can gain confidence and potentially bring that back to their club, and then get a boost in performance with their clubs?” Berhalter asked in a conference call with reporters.
Paul Tenorio of The Athletic first reported Kreis was in talks for the job.
Kreis most recently was the head coach at Orlando City. He was fired midway through the 2018 season, just two years into a 4.5-year deal with the Lions. Kreis also coached at NYCFC and — most notably — Real Salt Lake, where he won an MLS Cup.
In January, Kreis was named part of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami’s staff, the Miami-based expansion side headlined by David Beckham that will begin play next year. A statement from the club wasn’t specific regarding Kreis’ role with the expansion side other than saying Kreis would report to sporting director Paul McDonough.
Along with announcing the hire of Kreis, U.S. Soccer released the latest U.S. U-23 roster.
Here’s the full U-23 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha BSC/GER; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompac, Calif.), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; Southend-on-Sea, England), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Jack Maher (Indiana; Caseyville, Ill.), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; Trenton, N.J.), Donovan Pines (D.C. United; Clarksville, Md.), Lucas Pos (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI; Irvine, Calif.), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; Milton Keyes, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Cameron Lindley (Orlando City SC; Carmel, Ind.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Lemont, Ill.), Keaton Parks (New York City FC; Plano, Texas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; St. Paul, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Josh Perez (LAFC; La Habra, Calif.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro IK/DEN; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; O’Fallon, MO), Tim Weah (Celtic FC/SCO; Rosedale, N.Y.), Haji Wright (Schalke/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.)