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Soccer notes: Orlando City names coach

July 20, 2016

Orlando names coach

Orlando City announced Tuesday that it has hired Jason Kreis to be coach of the MLS club.

Under Kreis, Real Salt Lake qualified for the MLS playoffs every year from 2008-13. He led Salt Lake to its only MLS Cup championship in 2009, and the team won the Western Conference in 2013.

Kreis ranks as Major League Soccer’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 108 goals over a 12-year playing career for the Dallas Burn and Real Salt Lake.

“We are very excited that we have got our man. Jason is a progressive thinking and highly ambitious coach, who is very familiar with success in MLS,” Orlando City president Phil Rawlins said on the team’s web site.

“Jason’s playing philosophy is the same attack-minded, possession-oriented style of soccer that we have built our club around. He is a winner who checks all the boxes for us.”

VP seeks top UEFA job

Angel Maria Villar, UEFA’s longest-serving vice president, is standing in the election to succeed Michel Platini as the head of European soccer.

The Spanish federation president announced his candidacy ahead of today’s deadline for September’s UEFA presidential election.

Villar is set to be challenged for the presidency by Michael van Praag, a UEFA vice president from the Netherlands; and Slovenia federation head Aleksander Ceferin.

Platini has been forced to relinquish the presidency as he serves a four-year ban from world soccer, but Villar has his own history with the FIFA ethics committee. He was issued a warning last year for an indecent remark in 2014 to then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia during an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid contests.

Atletico welcomes M

Atletico Madrid introduced Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan a month after securing his transfer from Benfica.

Gaitan will help reinforce a squad coached by Diego Simeone that reached the final of the Champions League and finished third in the Spanish league last season.

Gaitan said, “I will be able to bring with me the sense of tactical order I learned in Portugal.”

The 28-year-old Gaitan played six seasons for Benfica, and helped it win 10 titles across all competitions. He scored 41 goals in 252 for the Portuguese champions. He also has 15 caps for Argentina.

— News service reports