The Orlando City manager has just returned from practice and the laptop he carries hints the day's work is far from done. Yet there is an enthusiasm bubbling beneath the surface that reveals he is in sync with his environment. He's once again building a team into a contender, playing with a style that is easy on the eye. Results this season have largely been positive, hinting at the possibility of greater success to come. And the organization around him is supportive of his approach.
That hasn't always been the case during Kreis' coaching career. His initial foray into management with Real Salt Lake spoiled him in a lot of ways. He had an owner in Dave Checketts, who invited plenty of criticism by hiring him without any prior coaching experience back in 2007. He also worked with a general manager in Garth Lagerwey, who was adept at massaging the salary budget and who largely shared Kreis' view of what players would work in the coach's preferred system.
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To get an idea of just how deep Kreis' self-examination went, you need only look at the steps he took to broaden his coaching knowledge after he was let go. He took Spanish courses and also did the USSF Pro License course, where one of the guest speakers was David Moyes, who knows a thing or two about how a move to a higher profile job doesn't always work out.
"Moyes took this bigger job at Manchester United and got fired pretty quickly, so I drew from a lot of what he was saying," said Kreis.