Early reaction to the introduction of De los Cobos

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)"


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  • Glad to see that everything's going smoothly. Congratulations, Sam. You just officially confirmed that you have a good deal of pull in the Fire front office. I actually think that you're seen as a sort of a 'voice of the fans.' I mean, look. Klopas is reading this. You write an article that says that you think that the Fire would be better with an attacking style of play. Klopas immediately begins taking steps to adopt an attacking style of play. Before this, there was the whole Hamlett fiasco. Even though he made the semifinals twice in a row, we wanted him out and he is out. The Hauptmann letter? He actually went out and told us that he read your blog and APOLOGIZED! And, when it seemed like the Fire were narrowing their search down to Marsch and Onalfo, you went out there with us fully behind you and said that this was a bad choice. I would go as far as to say that you're the nation's leading authority for the Chicago Fire. Since you have such large influence, just keep on making the right decisions and we should win a championship. Good job, Sam.
    Also can someone who speaks Polish tell me what the story says?

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    He said hes been in Chicago to check out the Fire stadium, office, city. Also mentions he sign a 1 year deal w/ option for another year. He spoke w/ T. Frankowski about his experience w/ the team and was convince that the level of play is good enought to give it a try.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    media room,,,packed em in....good...gets the juices running

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    The idea of kind of reaching out to the other ery few Fire fans in the media intrigues me. Actually, it's more like a dream come true. Soccer stories in the MLS on the radio and TV? Every day? Awesome.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Let's hope that this is the start of better things. The 1st game is not that far off. Let's see what we get.

  • Media crush? That's awesome. Did you have to push Steve Rosenbloom and Bob Verdi out of the way to get a question in?

    I'm excited about this development. I have some co-workers that are Club America fans and they are pretty high on this guy.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Haha, not quite. But all of the network TV stations were there (expectedly), lots of Spanish-language journalists (also expectedly), as well as John Kass of the Tribune (relatively unexpectedly). At any rate, it was by far the most full I've seen the media room at Toyota Park -- though I would guess that Blanco's introductory press conference might have beaten this one...

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    You should get some synergy going with John Kass, Sam. He's a serious Fire/Soccer convert. Maybe he'd even guest blog for you the next time you need a break. (Guest blogging was something the last guy did a very good job setting up)

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    Greg Jarrett at WGN would be another guy to stay in touch with. He had a nice interview with Brian McBride last year and demonstrated much more than a superficial knowledge of the game.
    I'm telling you. One day WGN and the Trib decided to make the Blackhawks a big deal and they went from page 4 to page 1 overnight. It was scary.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    John Kass has written several articles about soccer in his Tribune column, including his sons' favorite teams in Europe and his transition from American football to the real Football.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    OK, great news with the hiring of De los Cobos, now tell me whether he will walk away when the players go on strike.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    I think the World will never admit it. MLS is on the up and coming, and all we need is a little more prestige to start acquiring better players. In about 20 years they are scared we might even become something of a major force.

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