Orlando City SC parts ways with Jason Kries

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BRONX, NY - JUNE 02: Jason Kreis Head Coach of the Orlando City SC walks onto the field for during the MLS match between New York City FC and Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium on June 02, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York. New York City FC won the match with a score of 3 to 0. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL (June 16, 2018) – In the midst of one the worlds biggest soccer tournaments, Orlando City SC made headlines when they decided to part ways with head coach Jason Kries. 

Orlando City SC Parts Ways With Jason Kries

The announcement came Friday afternoon and was really well played out.

The talk of the day on Friday was the remarkable 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain in the 2018 Men’s FIFA World Cup held in Russia.

Chief executive Officer Alex Leitao said in a statement, “This is a very difficult decision to take, but sometimes in sports we must make tough decisions with the best future of the organization in mind. I have enormous respect for Jason and the work his team did in Orlando.” 

Bobby Murphy will serve as the interim head coach as Orlando seek to find a replacement.

Numbers Under Kries

Riding on their sixth consecutive loss, this stretch of games saw the Lions outscored 17-5.

Orlando posted a record of 21-29-14 under Kries and are 6-8-1 so far in the 2018 regular season.

Their hold on the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference has also diminished, as they now sit even on points with conference foe, the Chicago Fire and one point ahead of the Philadelphia Union. 

Assistants CJ Brown and Miles Joseph have also mutually agreed to step away from the club.

Kries took over the club in July of 2016, replacing current Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath. At the halfway point when Kries took over, Orlando posted a 5-6-4 record.

Last season, the Lions finished in 10th place in the East, with a 10-15-9 record.

Although this season started very well for Orlando City, they recently dropped points to Atlanta United, Chicago, and a struggling Montreal Impact team.

The Lions are back in action June 20 as they travel to D.C. United in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 

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