Orlando City parts ways with manager Jason Kreis

Orlando City has parted ways with manager Jason Kreis, the club announced on Friday afternoon.

Since starting the season 6-2-1, the Lions have lost six straight matches in Major League Soccer competition, occupying the Eastern Conference's final playoff place on a tiebreaker.

"This is a very difficult decision to take, but sometimes in sports we must make tough decisions with the best future of the organization in mind," Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao said in a statement.

"I have enormous respect for Jason and the work his team did in Orlando. He arrived in a difficult moment and is leaving with a legacy of respect and professionalism. Now is the time to look forward, keep our heads high and continue pushing toward the many goals we set this season."

Kreis joined Orlando midway through the 2016 season, replacing Adrian Heath, after he was sacked by New York City FC following its inaugural season in 2015. Prior to his time in New York and Orlando, Kreis won an MLS Cup in 2009 with Real Salt Lake during a seven-year stay in Utah.

Assistant coach Bobby Murphy will act as interim manager while the club searches for a replacement for Kreis.