Sporting KC

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis addresses rumors about departure

Updated: 2013-12-07T00:15:43Z

By KATHLEEN GIER

The Kansas City Star

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis acknowledged that Saturday’s MLS Cup at Sporting Park could be his last match with the club.

Kreis has been linked to openings with the Vancouver Whitecaps and expansion New York City FC, but insisted that he will make his decision after the game.

“Yes, it might be the last match that I get to coach with this group and I will soak it up for sure, every single moment of it,” Kreis said. “That decision is yet to be made and I think it is something I’ve done a pretty decent job at putting on the back burner and will continue to do so for another 48 hours.”

Kreis played the majority of his career with Dallas before finishing with Real Salt Lake in 2007. He took over as manager later that year. Just two years later he led Real Salt Lake to its first MLS Cup title.

Wingert putting the past behind him

The last time Kansas City saw Chris Wingert, things didn’t go so well.

On July 20, Wingert was called for a yellow card after crashing into former Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara. Sporting KC went on to win the game 2-1 and Wingert was later suspended.

“There’s no love lost, but I don’t think that the past and the history of the matchups we’ve had against each other matters a whole lot tomorrow,” Wingert said Friday. “I think you can put that out the window when you’re playing in the championship.”

Wingert, Saborio ready for action

Kreis said Wingert and forward Alvaro Saborio have both been cleared to play in Saturday’s MLS Cup.

Wingert is recovering from a broken rib he sustained in the first game of the Western Conference finals against Portland, and Saborio is working through a pulled muscle from the opener of the Western Conference semifinals against Los Angeles. Kreis said both had practiced the last 12 days and were in contention for both the top 18 and the starting lineup.

Rookie Devon Sandoval had been filling in for Saborio, but he sustained an undisclosed injury this week in practice.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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