Early returns

Carlos de los Cobos

*So, apparently the deadline for roster cuts was not yesterday. Turns out the Fire's press release was wrong and now I have a little bit of egg on my face **(EDIT -- the Fire's release was not wrong. The league changed the deadline at the last minute.)** Not the first time that's happened...*

> "I think [de los Cobos] has been great. I knew from the first time I met Carlos the kind of person that he was. I knew about his work and I know there was no question about what he can do on the field with a team... He's first class all around."
> -Frank Klopas, February 8th

> "He's a soccer savvy guy. He knows what he wants and he has a plan and I think that's an advantage for him and for us. He's trying to find the right guys in the right positions to conquer that plan and I think hes doing a pretty good job. So far, it's been all positive."
> -Corben Bone, February 24

About a week ago, my friend Jack decided to invent something called Mustache March. He went around asking everyone he knew (including girls... Jack's kinda goofy) if they would be down to participate in this "most glorious of months" and not shave their mustache for the duration. It was an easy decision for me to join, mostly because I have absolutely horrible facial hair and wanted to see just how crusty any mustache I grew would look. Well I'm a week in (yeah I started early, the baby-face isn't doing me any favors in this competition) and the early results are fantastic. I'm super crusty right now. And I have to say, I kind of love it.

But as much as I'm impressed by the general awfulness of my mustache, I've been more dazzled by the early returns of Carlos de los Cobos's young career as the Fire's head coach. Granted, there's still a ton of uncertainty surrounding de los Cobos. For one thing, he hasn't been tested at all as the Fire's manager. And we've yet to find out if that attacking soccer we've been hearing about all offseason is actually being implemented. However, everything we do know about de los Cobos's short tenure has been positive. He's getting along well with players. He's saying all the right things. He's giving everyone an opportunity to prove themselves in friendly matches. And he's learning English (which, by the way, is awesome for interviews. Keep plugging away at that Rosetta Stone Carlos!).

Most importantly, de los Cobos has shown a willingness to shake things up. He clearly thought that the kick the ball over everyone's head and have McBride win a header/watch Blanco dribble and shoot from distance strategies weren't the best recipes for winning, and he changed them. Can we expect him to change his current mindset if his tactics prove to not work? That remains to be seen, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect otherwise.

So, to say that things are looking good for DLC and the Fire next year isn't too big of a stretch. Technical Director Frank Klopas has put together a good roster for him to work with and now it's up to him to mold a working, breathing, living thing out of it. He has the ability to impress his tactics on it. He has the ability to adjust the locker room mood. He has the ability to prepare the Fire for a run at the increasingly elusive MLS championship. It's now just a matter of how successful he'll be with the implementation. Suffice it say, I think we're all excited to find out.


I've been informed that Fred Huebner, who handled the play-by-play duties for My50's Fire broadcasts for the last three seasons, won't be returning to the booth as play-by-play man in 2010.

On another note, both Marco Pappa and Julio Martinez have received national team call-ups for Wednesday's friendly between Guatemala and El Salvador at the L.A. Coliseum. Pappa will represent Guatemala and Martinez will don the El Salvador uni.


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  • You weren't wrong about the date for roster compliance--MLS moved the date at the last minute. No egg.

  • You weren't wrong about the date for roster compliance--MLS moved the date at the last minute. No egg.

  • Since Huenber's is not coming back any word on which station will carry the games? Will they be back on My50? A return to Comcast?

    Does Dave Greeley actually do anything?

  • In reply to cesba:

    I'm not sure whether or not the Fire will be on Comcast, My50, or elsewhere next season. I'll get to work on finding out though.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Off-topic, I know, but is it perhaps time to consider a new banner for this blog?

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Totally. It's out of my control, but it absolutely needs a new banner.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    I also wish we could somehow either get rid of the little "recommended for you" bar in between the story and the comments, or make it relate to soccer and the subject, maybe referencing other blogs. If you need ads, you need ads but couldn't you put them on the bottom or side of the page? And while we're on the subject, what ever happened to the new name for the blog? Also, we should have a Fire Confidential MLS Fantasy league this year. It's weird that it hasn't opened yet for MLSnet. Hopefuly not another ominous sign of the CBA fears...

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    MLSnet's fantasy site doesn't open up until the week before the season starts.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Whew. Thanks, I was panicked a little bit there. I just started lat season so I wasn't sure. I like the idea of a Fire confidential fantasy league, let's do it!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Not to rain on your buddies' parade, but Mustache March has been around awhile... Personally I'm a bigger fan of No-Shave November. It saves a ton of time and the neckbeard makes people think I'm a Broncos fan out here in CO, so it's all good.

    From what I've seen/heard, definitely a big fan of CdlC. Now I'm just waiting for the contract offers for RBNY to come rolling in since they like to poach Fire coaches.

    BTW - if you're doing Mustache March, it's kind of an informal rule that you have to do something more than just the "standard" stache. Petit Handlebar, Fu Manchu, Walrus... whatever. Check out the American Stache Institute website for your preferred stache. Just don't agree to blindly choose one from the site and get stuck with one that is Hitler-esque... man, that was a long month.

  • In reply to Graeme:

    Thanks for the heads up on Mustache March and the website. I know a few of the guys participating are already planning on doing something a little out there, but I'll let them know about the site if anybody needs inspiration.

  • In reply to Graeme:

    It's all about Manuary.

  • In reply to cesba:

    But there will definitely be a TV station showing all of the Fire games next year. Right? As for the CBA Fears, It seems that the owners have said they won't lock out, and the players have said they won't strike. But no progress has really been made. I have a deep, dark, fear of no soccer. But things aren't looking that bad. I'm getting pretty excited for this summer. No school, USA look good for the World Cup, the Fire have a bunch of shiny new players, a big name head coach, and a beastly exec in Frank Klopas.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I've just received word from the Fire's front office that their goal is to broadcast every game this season and that they should be finalizing that process soon.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    I hope there aren't games on Fox Soccer Plus. At the moment, Dish doesn't carry it.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    They wont be on that channel. I bet they land on comcast and that will be a great fit. Lets just hope they dont get 2 jabronies to do the announcing.

  • I hear all this great news about the Fire and all I can think of is that the season may not even happen because of the CBA. What a buzz kill.

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