Jason Kreis believes FC Dallas pulled the trigger rather quickly when it fired head coach Steve Morrow earlier this week.
"From our standpoint, from a coach's standpoint, you'd say that seems to be a pretty hasty decision for a team that was first place in a our conference a couple weeks ago," said Kreis, who spent the majority of his playing career with Dallas.
"All teams take a little bit of time to establish their identity and gel as a unit, and I'm sure Steve would feel the same way, that he wasn't afforded enough time."
Kreis also knows that Dallas should be extra motivated for today's match-up with Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park. He just hopes his players match that intensity.
"I'm certain Dallas will be an emotional side on Saturday night; there will be players that are well-motivated," said Kreis. "But I also know that our players should be all motivated because there's a deep amount of a disappointment in our guys' minds about last week still."
RSL had a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a win at Colorado last Thursday but instead played a very mediocre match and lost 2-0. Now RSL is stuck in fifth place in the West 11th overall in MLS and heading to a city where results have been impossible to come by, with five losses in five visits.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (MDT), and the match will be televised on KSL.
The scenario is pretty simple for Salt Lake with the summer months coming it needs to start getting results. Kreis isn't ready to panic like FC Dallas ownership, though, and is hopeful good things are just around the corner.
"Do we feel we're still going in the right direction and doing the right things? Yes, we do," said Kreis. "At some point you have to feel that's going to translate to what we're doing on the road. And when it does, our guys will learn a lot from it and come out better for it."
With an 0-4 record away from Rice-Eccles Stadium and a minus-8 goal differential, getting points on the road has obviously proven to be a difficult task thus far.
RSL striker Kenny Deuchar knows a thing or two about motivation, and he's capitalized with a few bets back in his native Scotland.
"The Dallas players will be wanting to try and impress. Sometimes you get a response from the players when they lose a manager; that generally tends to be the case back home," said Deuchar. "I've put a few bets on teams that haven't been doing so well, and they've lost a manager it's come up lucky quite a few times."
To avoid becoming the latest victim of his theory, Deuchar said it's important that RSL lays the boot to Dallas and makes its current situation a bit worse.
"Obviously the club's in a bit of a transition period with losing a manager, and hopefully we can capitalize on that," he said.There's good news on the injury front for Real Salt Lake. Javier Morales, Fabian Espindola and Ian Joy all practiced at full strength in the team's last two training sessions of the week and in all probability should start against FC Dallas.
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