The Fire formally introduced Carlos de los Cobos as head coach today, unveiling the 51-year-old Mexican manager in front of a crush of media members and fans. I'll be transcribing the 45+ minutes of interviews I got from the press conference later on this afternoon, but I wanted to share a few quick observations now.
Overall, it seems that the Fire execs (Frank Klopas, Dave Greeley and Javier Leon) are very excited about bringing in De los Cobos. They all remarked on his professionalism (Leon even compared him to Bob Bradley) and we heard the now-familiar stance that the both the execs and De los Cobos are comitted to playing an attractive brand of soccer. Another interesting bit of information gleaned from the presser was the fact that De los Cobos's contract is for two years, with the team holding an option for a third.
I was very impressed by De los Cobos. He seems like he will be a very easy coach to work with (apart from the fact that his English is somewhat limited...) and -- more importantly -- he seems like he would be easy to play for. He seemed confident that he'll be able to do a good job in Chicago, excited for the future and very prepared for the job (he mentioned that he's watched game film from each of the Fire's last three seasons).
I started getting a little excited when De los Cobos said that he thinks he hasn't yet reached his potential as a coach and that he's very motivated to keep improving as a manager. That's fantastic to see. I'm sure the Fire wants to fill every position in the organization with people who have a passion for their job and a desire to improve -- it seems like they have that kind of man in the head coaching position.
I'll be back this evening with a full story on the press conference complete with quotes from Klopas, Greeley, Leon and (of course) De los Cobos. I'll leave you with the report [coming out of Poland that Kryszstof Krol has been in Chicago and is "99% percent a Fire player.](http://www.sport.pl/pilka/1,65050,7438220,Jagiellonia__Krzysztof_Krol_odchodzi_do_Chicago_Fire.html)"