Real Salt Lake notebook: GM Garth Lagerwey defends retiring Jason Kreis' jersey

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  • Bluecat82 Minneapolis, MN
    March 26, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (or whatever they're calling themselves this week) retired #26 for their then-owner, the late Gene Autry...

    Locally for me, the NHL's Minnesota Wild retired #1 - before the team ever played a game, mind - to honor the team's FANS! (Hey, when you've sold out every home game in the team's existence, you deserve something...)

    Looking at those two examples, I have no issue with RSL retiring #9 for Jason Kreis...

  • manchester10 Bountiful, UT
    March 26, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    @Caleb in New York...

    Really? He has done nothing for RSL? Yes, 17 goals is not a lot but He has brought way more to the team than goals. He unselfishly retired early to take control of a team that was falling apart. He brought a winning tradition to a team and state that was desperate for success. Retiring his jersey is the least we can do to show how much we appreciate the way he has turned a sub-par team into one of the powers of the MLS. He isn't just some guy who played a few games then came to work in the office. He is the heart and soul of the team, he has given everything to the organization since day one. Andy Williams and Jason Kreis deserve every accolade Real Salt Lake can give.

  • PHealey Holladay, UT
    March 26, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I am for retiring Kries a Jersey but I agree don't do his number but just a jersey like frank layden with the Jazz . Do it for a body of work.
    By the way GO Real over Galaxy

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    March 26, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    also - since a coach doesn't wear a jersey while he's coaching, excellence as a coach does not warrant the retiring of a jersey. That would even be assuming that one MLS Cup (in which RSL ended the regular season with the 7th or 8th best team) in a season where there were only 15 teams in the league is enough excellence for a coach to receive some lifetime achievement award from the franchise. This reeks of the corporate marketers trying to force a history on the team. The historically exciting and meaningful aspects of the franchise will occur without the corporate backers of the team forcing them.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    March 25, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    I think its a mistake because it would be setting the bar too low. I don't have a problem with retiring jerseys in general but I definitely think Kreis didn't do enough for RSL to warrant them having his jersey retired. 17 goals for a team is not enough for an attacking player to deserve having his jersey retired. Did they ever even make the playoffs while he was there? It would make sense for FCDallas to retire his jersey but not RSL. Maybe we should go ahead and retire Jeff Cunningham's jersey as well then because he has 100+ career goals and played and scored some for RSL. RSL shouldn't confuse a successful coaching career with a successful playing career, as if somehow the bar should be set lower if someone happens to work for the organization after the playing days are over. I'm not knocking Kreis's entire career but just his RSL contribution.

  • minmoplus2 Washington, UT
    March 25, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    I am not a soccer fan. I don't really follow RSL, but I do read a lot. What I have read regarding Coach Kreis leads me to believe that he deserves the honor. We have a coach who has led his team to the first professional championship in Utah since the Utah Stars. I have lived in England for 3 years in the service of this great country. I can tell you that I agree with the GM. This is America, not Europe and we don't follow Europe in a lot of things and don't expect us to follow them in anything. We are the US of A. We should lead not follow. We should set the standard not rely on others to set one for us. Retire the number 9 and set the example for everyone. Maybe the Jazz will follow and win a championship themselves someday. Anything can happen in the USA. Go RSL, Go Jazz.

  • Vince Clortho S_SPRINGS, UT
    March 25, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    I absolutely agree. Like #9 is some holy cow for the most egotistical player on the team. Retire the jersey and win the CCL.