Dallas, Texas - FC Dallas President and General Manager Greg Elliott announced today that the club has traded forward Jason Kreis to Real Salt Lake in exchange for future considerations.
"Upon the conclusion of the 2004 season, we discussed Jason's playing future with him and his representatives," said Elliott. "In an open and honest dialogue, we expressed our desire for Jason to remain an FC Dallas player, our vision for the team's future and other mutual expectations. Ultimately, we respectfully disagreed on his projected role with the squad. When Real Salt Lake approached us, and it was clear that Jason would be in favor of a move there, it was a simple decision to accommodate his wishes.
"Based on everything Jason has done for this organization for the past nine years, he deserves the right to chart his future career in MLS. We thank him for his contributions on and off the field, and wish him great success in the seasons to come."
Kreis, 32, is Major League Soccer's all-time leading goal scorer with 91 career goals. He broke the record with his 89th career goal on June 26, 2004 vs. D.C. The 5-8, 155-pound forward ranks second on the all-time MLS list with 247 points (91-65=247).
Last season with Dallas, Kreis appeared in 25 matches, starting in 19 of them. The Omaha, Nebraska native scored five goals and 12 points. He scored all five of his goals in an eight-game span from June 12 - July 28. Kreis also served as the team's captain last season.
On the all-time Dallas Burn list, Kreis ranks first in games played (247), goals, assists, points, shots (686) and shots on goal (313). He was originally acquired by Dallas as a fifth round (43rd overall) draft pick in the 1996 MLS Draft. Jeff Cassar is now the only member left from the inaugural 1996 Dallas Burn squad as he left and played with Miami from 1998-2001 and then returned to Dallas last season.