The 36-year old retired as a player and immediately took over as coach of the Royals in 2007, the decision turning heads all around MLS.
Early on he traded two of Real Salt Lake's stars (Jeff Cunningham and Chris Klein) and has since had almost a complete cleanout of the playing list inherited three seasons ago and it has worked.
"After 11 years playing and three years coaching, it's my first opportunity," said Kreis. "I feel awesome, I feel fantastic.
"It's truly a special night, a special moment for this club and for everyone involved.
"I feel rewarded for all the hard work that's been put in," Kreis added.