Jason Kreis – Head Coach
Kreis has built an extensive career in MLS as both a player and a coach and is a notable figure in the history of soccer in the U.S. Kreis was the 43rd overall selection by the Dallas Burn in the inaugural 1996 MLS Draft and quickly became a cornerstone of the franchise. He scored Dallas’ first ever goal and in 1999, he became the first American-born player to win MLS MVP honors. After a nine-year stint in Dallas that ended in 2004, Kreis still holds the Dallas records for most games played (247), games started (227), minutes (20,290), goals (91) and assists (65).
Kreis joined Real Salt Lake ahead of its 2005 expansion season and scored RSL’s first ever goal. He played the last three years of his career at RSL. Kreis became the first player in MLS history to score 100 goals and is sixth all-time in MLS scoring with 108 career goals.
RSL hired Kreis as head coach immediately he announced his retirement from playing in May 2007. Kreis led RSL to its first playoff appearance in 2008 and its first and only MLS Cup in 2009. Under Kreis, RSL qualified for the playoffs every year from 2008-2013 and fell one penalty kick short of a second MLS Cup in 2013.
After a successful period at RSL, Kreis joined 2015 expansion side NYCFC ahead of its inaugural season. Kreis has a 112-95-67 all-time MLS coaching record.
The Omaha, Neb., native played four seasons at Duke University from 1991-94 and advanced to the College Cup in 1992. Kreis also scored one goal in 14 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1996-2000.
Charles “CJ” Brown – Assistant Coach
Brown joins Kreis in Orlando City after working on his technical staff in NYCFC. Brown also coached under Kreis at Real Salt Lake from 2010-2013, after which he joined the Chicago Fire technical staff for the 2014 season.
Brown, 41, spent his entire 13-year MLS career playing for the Fire, who selected him 1st overall in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft. The physical defender played an instrumental role in the Fire’s early success, which include four U.S. Open Cup titles and the 2003 MLS Cup. Brown holds the Fire record for most appearances with 296.
The Eugene, Ore., native made 15 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1998 to 2003. Brown played collegiate soccer at San Jose State University from 1993-1996.
Miles Joseph – Assistant Coach
Joseph also joins the Club after working under Kreis at Real Salt Lake and NYCFC. Joseph was on the New York/New Jersey MetroStars inaugural roster in 1996 and scored 10 goals in 96 appearances between 1996-2000. Joseph continued his MLS career with the Columbus Crew in 2000 before joining the Dallas Burn in 2001.
With Kreis, Joseph led RSL to the 2013 MLS Cup Final. Joseph also oversaw the RSL-AZ Academy. The West Springfield, Mass., native played collegiate soccer at Clemson University from 1992-1995 and made three appearances for the U.S. men’s national team from 1996-1997.
Bobby Murphy Assistant Coach and Technical Coordinator for MLS Academy
Murphy, who has earned a reputation as a well-known and respected soccer instructor, joins Orlando City after a lengthy career as the Director of the Soccer Academy at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (2003-2016) – one of only four residential soccer academies in the country.
Prior to his tenure with St. Stephen’s, Bobby served as the Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association.
With a strong track record in youth player development, Murphy obtains his USSF ‘A” and “National Youth” License, along with a Bachelor of Science in English from New Hampshire College and a Masters of Education from Plymouth State College.
Additionally, Murphy is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation National Staff, a U.S. Youth Soccer National Instructor and a South Region (III) Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach, providing a plethora of experience within the Lions’ technical staff.
Stewart Kerr Goalkeeper Coach
Kerr, who holds a UEFA PRO Goalkeeping License, brings a wealth of experience to the Lions’ technical staff, leading into the Club’s second MLS campaign. During his coaching career, Kerr has worked with talented goalkeepers such as John Ruddy and Julio Cesar.
After kick-starting his coaching career at Airdrie FC, where he enjoyed success working with Kenny Black and winning a Scottish Challenge Cup with the club, Kerr moved on to Scottish Premier League team Motherwell FC.
In his first season with the club, his excellent work with John Ruddy led to the goalkeeper being sold to English Championship side Norwich City for £750,000, where he helped the team ascend to the English Premier League and receive his first full caps with the England National Team.
Following Motherwell’s appearance in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic FC in 2011, Kerr joined MLS side Toronto FC. During his time with the Canadian side, Kerr was responsible for recruiting and developing Canadian international Quillan Roberts and starter Joe Bendik.
Additionally, in 2014, Kerr prepared Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As a player, the Scotsman began his career at 18 years old with 46-time Scottish League Champions Celtic FC. In two seasons with Celtic, Kerr made 75 appearances for the Scottish giant, resulting in a call-up to the Scotland U-21 Men’s National Team. Kerr made 12 appearances for his native country at the U-21 level.