Fire come to terms with De los Cobos


According to a report by Nick Firchau of the Southtown Star, [the Fire and Carlos de los Cobos have agreed to terms for the former Mexican international to become the fifth head coach in team history](,010710fireforweb.article).

De los Cobos, who had been rumored as the front-runner for the job for about a week, most recently managed El Salvador's national team, guiding them to a fifth place finish in CONCACAF qualifying. The 51-year-old De los Cobos also spent time managing in the Mexican league after he ended his playing career -- which included 25 appearances with the Mexican national team -- in the early 90's. The hiring puts an end to the Fire's coaching search, which began on November 24th when the club chose to not renew former head coach Denis Hamlett's contract. The Fire was the last team without a head coach, as the transitioning New York Red Bulls put an end to their coaching search earlier this week.

De los Cobos joins the Fire ahead of January 14th's MLS SuperDraft. The Fire holds the 13th, 23rd, 26th, 39th, and 42nd picks in this year's draft.

Personally, I like the hire. I've been told that De los Cobos was Technical Director Frank Klopas's first choice for the job and that he was "really high on the guy." It remains to be seen whether or not winger Julio Martinez -- who De los Cobos reportedly stipulated that the Fire sign as a condition of him taking the job -- will join Chicago. He is currently with Mexican team Club Leon, where he scored three goals in seven appearances last season.

Unfortunately I'll be at a conference the rest of the day so -- in all likelihood -- I won't be able to update this post until late tonight. Apologies for the inconvenience.


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  • Not sure what his coaching philosophy will be but as a player, he was a defender. Klopas says he's looking for offensive magic. Hope this guy can deliver.

  • It's good to know we've got a coach... and we'll see how this plays out. I haven't heard anything to make me think he's the solution to all our problems, but I don't know what I'm talking about, so ignore me. And, I still think he looks like Vinny Del Negro, and if looks reflect coaching quality, well, we've got a problem.

  • Honestly, I just hope that if he's any good, like it seems he is, he will make a commitment to the Fire and stick around.

  • Press conference Monday at 11 am

  • Sam, is this guy better than Hamlett? I haven't heard anything about him before, but it seems like he has a better resume.

  • If I got a new boss and he only spoke German I would be annoyed. So the fact that you think it is the worst question is strange to me. Would you like it if your professor came in and only used sign language? Language is an issue no matter how trivial you think it is...

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  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    They're called translators

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