Currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak and falling from second place to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, Orlando City has effective immediately parted ways with head coach Jason Kreis the team announced Friday afternoon. The Lions have free called down the standings after climbing into the top three clubs in the East, but have since then not been able to recapture the magic from early on.

Orlando City assistant coach Bobby Murphy will take over as the club’s bench boss for the time being, as the organization puts together a wide search for the next manager of the Lions. During Kreis’ time as the head coach in Orlando, the team compiled an overall record of 21-29-14.

“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,” Orlando City Soccer Club Chief Executive Officer Alex Leitão said. “I have enormous respect for Jason and the work his team did in Orlando. He arrived in a difficult moment and is leaving with a legacy of respect and professionalism. Now is the time to look forward, keep our heads high and continue pushing toward the many goals we set this season.”

The Lions just could not find themselves after going on a six-game winning streak that lasted from Mar. 31 to May 6. Orlando City followed up the success by losing six in a row and was only able to score five goals during that stretch. Jason Kreis tried various lineups in hopes of finding the right combination to get back on track. Players like forward Dom Dwyer ended up coming off the bench in an attempt to see if the shakeup would help.

Orlando City’s latest loss, a 3-0 shellacking by the Montreal Impact, was the last straw for the organization.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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