Last night around 7pm or so, I received an email like most soccer writers around the country did. It was a press release from a PR firm that is running that part of the show for the new expansion club New York City FC. In that release was a simple headline that shook things up quite a bit around MLS as it read that Jason Kreis is now the new manager of NYCFC.
We knew that was coming. It was one of the worst kept secrets in MLS as Brian Straus of SI.com reported about it weeks ago. Going into last weekend's MLS Cup, it appears more and more that Real Salt Lake players were already in the mindset that Kreis wasn't returning next year and that things would be changing.
Kreis was always going to be the first domino to fall this offseason for FC Dallas as the North Texas side continues to search for a new manager to replace the departed Schellas Hyndman. I know the club has been interviewing other people these last few weeks but there was always a small glimmer of hope that they were waiting on Kreis and RSL to be done this season. Fans in Frisco would have welcomed Kreis back with open arms had he decided to come here but we all knew it would be a long shot with the expansion side in the Big Apple opening their deep pockets to pay him.
Kreis was domino number one. The next domino may not have a lot to do with FC Dallas as RSL assistant CJ Brown was never really on the radar of FCD but with the news that he is headed back to Chicago to join Frank Yallop and the Fire's coaching staff today, that is in a way domino number two.
Now, I'm not close to the scene in Salt Lake but I would imagine Brown leaving that staff will cause some trickle down effect. That trickle down effect will come possibly at a price for FC Dallas with Jeff Cassar being a target of the club's open coaching vacancy. Now no one at FCD will comment as to who is on their radar but given my sources comments, I'm fairly confident Cassar was a name that the club was looking at here. He had ties to the club in the past and with the team waiting until MLS Cup was wrapped up to do more interviews, Cassar appeared to be the next name interviewed by the Hunts.
With Kreis gone to New York and Brown going back to Chicago, that RSL coaching staff has thinned out, meaning Cassar could be the likely choice to stay as the new manager. Or they could look at former Chivas USA manager Robin Fraser for the gig.
Either way, the dominos are falling into place. According to ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle, we're less than two weeks out from wrapping this sucker up.
I just wonder if it will be a happy Christmas for us all or a ba-humbug one.