Coach Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake issued this open letter to the RSL fans and community.
Belief. Passion. Desire. Determination. Commitment. Sacrifice.
These are the core values inside the Real Salt Lake locker room, the values upon which team success is built and those we demand from every individual that walks through those doors. Nothing but the utmost adherence to these tenets is tolerated.
During my time of transition, Real Salt Lake has not delivered the results – the wins – that we demand of ourselves. So while disappointment and frustration were apparent in last week’s losses to Toronto and at Columbus, we make no excuses. Our fans deserve more, and what we have delivered thus far in 2007 is unacceptable.
Our collective focus continues on heightening the intensity at each practice, at each game, in every way, in order for us to become a more cohesive unit, for us to think and react at a quicker speed of play, for us to pressure our opponent, for us to compete as one unit. From this, competitive success is ensured.
Our fans are the best in MLS, and have been since day one. That our fans share the same values – Belief, Passion, Desire, Determination, Commitment and Sacrifice – motivates every player, coach, and administrator in the RSL organization to forge ahead and redouble efforts to emerge from this rut.
FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD
As I said upon my introduction as Head Coach of RSL, “Fortune Favors the Bold.” I believe this in my heart of hearts, and the bold changes we are currently implementing in our team and in our coaching staff will bring imminent fortune.
All of us – fans, players, coaches, supporters – everyone who grows the game of soccer, those who serve as the engine for the burgeoning soccer culture in the U.S. and specifically in Utah – should display this boldness proudly, and through the values stated above, fortune will shine brightest upon us.
Real Salt Lake
It's not every day you see a coach do this sort of thing. Thoughts?