New York City FC part ways with head coach Jason Kreis after missing playoffs in inaugural season

Jason Kreis - New York City FC - arms crossed

Jason Kreis will not be returning to New York City FC in 2016.

NYCFC announced on Monday evening that the club has parted ways with its first-ever head coach "following a review conducted at the end of a disappointing campaign." Assistant coaches Miles Joseph and CJ Brown have also left the club.

NYCFC said in a statement that missing out on the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in their inaugural season was a factor in the decision.

"Prior to the start of the season, it was agreed with the coaching team that securing of a playoff place was an appropriate target for this year," the statement read. "A win rate of less than one in three games and a points tally which was the second lowest in the league is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed.
"While the challenges of building and integrating a new team are recognized, it was felt by the Board, following a comprehensive review, that there was not enough evidence of the dynamics required to improve the performance of the team for the next season and beyond."
NYCFC finished in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-17-7 record, 12 points shy of the sixth and final playoff spot occupied by Toronto FC.

“The decision to part company with Jason and his team after two years of working together has not been taken lightly and this is a difficult announcement for all involved," said NYCFC president Tom Glick in a club statement. "We thank Jason for his passion, his efforts and for his contribution to the historic inaugural season of New York City FC.  Many memories of this first season will be indelibly etched in the minds of all involved with the club and Jason and his team have played a huge part in that.

"We wish him all the very best in what will undoubtedly be a continued successful career in soccer management.”