Real Salt Lake's Kreis suspended again
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis must have total faith in his assistants. For the second time this year, Kreis has received a suspension from Major League Soccer for "comments of a critical nature toward MLS officials," and his assistants, namely, Robin Fraser, Jeff Cassar and Bryan Johnson, will take over the bench duties.
On Thursday, the MLS Disciplinary Committee handed Kreis a two-match and a $2,000 fine.
The league's action is in response to the comments Kreis made in the postgame press conference after last week's heated 0-0 draw at home to the Houston Dynamo.
"I give my team an enormous amount of credit. I thought they were very passionate tonight. We had a fantastic crowd supporting them," said Kreis. "I thought everything was spectacular tonight except for the referee."
Kreis was particularly incensed by a possible penalty not given, a red card shown to RSL defender Chris Wingert, and a shortened stoppage time.
"I'm tired of it, I'm exasperated," he continued last weekend. "This is absolutely ridiculous, every single week we play here I feel like we're playing away. Every 50-50 call goes against us. [Nat Borchers] gets pushed down in the box, the defender has his arms up in front of him showing everybody he's clearly pushed my man down in the box, and we don't even get a thought of a penalty kick. Where's the linesman then to help the referee? He was certainly there a few weeks ago to call a non offside's against us."
Kreis, in just his second season as RSL boss, was previously suspended one game and fined $1,000 for comments he made after a 2-2 with the Los Angeles Galaxy in early May. In his absence, RSL beat FC Dallas 2-1 at home.
Kreis' latest suspension will see him miss Saturday's home match with the Columbus Crew and next weekend's game at the Chicago Fire.