MLS managers probably won't be happy to see Jason Kreis back on the touch line.
The former Real Salt Lake manager left the United States temporarily after taking the NYCFC job in preparations for the Manchester City-backed club joining MLS in 2015. Until then, he's learning from City manager Manuel Pellegrini and his staff. But Kreis isn't in Manchester just to learn. He's also there to scout.
"We’ll have the ability to take four players on loan from the club here, so I’m looking a lot at the younger players in the U-21s and the U-18s at the moment and also the players that are out on loan," Kreis told the club's CityTV. "We have a very big interest in bringing some City players over to join us in New York, and I certainly think that there’s the talent there and the ambition is there as well. So, we’ll have to get with those guys over the next six months to a year and see whether or not that would be something they would like as well."
The manager already has indicated the club will fill all three of its allotted Designated Player slots, and it's all adding up to what could be a formidable team under the tutelage of the young manager, who led Real Salt Lake to the MLS Cup in 2009 and to a runner-up spot in both the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup in 2013. For now, though, the manager is simply getting adjusted to life in a foreign country.
"Really exciting times, but also some troubles as well just trying to adapt to a new way of living, driving on the opposite side of the road, getting the internet connected and cable connected and all these things that we’ve had to deal with have created some challenges, but the club has been terrific with us in helping us to adapt as quickly as possible," he said.