Chicago Tabs De Los Cobos As Head Coach

Chicago Tabs De Los Cobos As Head Coach

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 8, 2010
  • Carlos De Los Cobos, Coaching Hiring

Finally all 16 Major League Soccer clubs have head coaches. After weeks of speculations the Chicago Fire are finally set to name a new coach.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Fire and Mexican coach Carlos De Los Cobos have agreed to terms and De Los Cobos will be introduced as the Fire’s head coach on Monday.

De Los Cobos replaces Denis Hamlett and will become the fifth head coach in the Fire’s short 11-year history. He joins the Fire after having lead El Salvador through an impressive run through World Cup Qualifying. De Los Cobos also becomes the first coach in club history that has no MLS experience.

The hire is a risky one considering the amount of failed coaches that come into this league with no MLS experience under their belt. Thankfully for De Los Cobos he does have Fire technical director Frank Klopas to work under. Klopas knows the league very well which should help De Los Cobos guide the club through this rebuilding phase.

The rebuilding however won’t be easy. The club is losing a load of talent this winter with Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chris Rolfe, Gonzalo Segares and Brandon Prideaux all leaving.

Unlike other foreign coaches that have been hired I think this one has a rare chance to actually work out. Mainly I think it is due to the Fire’s management, who will ensure this move pays off unlike some other clubs out there that fail to give coaches enough time to rebuild a team when needed.

What do you make of this move? Will De Los Cobos do well in the Windy City?