As first reported here last Monday, Tab Ramos continues to be the apparent front runner for the Fire’s head coaching position next season. Nelson Rodriguez will meet with Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the coming days and he is also thought to be a serious candidate. Schelotto told media in Argentina this past weekend that he would not discuss any clubs other than Lanus, where he is currently under contract until December 31. Club President Alejandro Maron has publicly stated that he preferred to extend Schelotto’s stay past this season.
Former Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera is another who is in the running, although he is apparently behind both Ramos and Schelotto on the Fire’s preferred list. Cabrera may be qualified, but hiring him wouldn’t provide much of a spark for improving the morale of supporters looking for any sign of optimism heading into another “new era” of management and that could play into his status as a finalist. Along with finding the right leader, the Fire desperately need to create some interest with this hire and reuniting the Chivas USA team probably isn’t the way to do it.
While these three appear to be the main choices at the moment, Rodriguez isn’t done interviewing different candidates. Word is that he is still traveling to meet potential hires for face to face interviews and will be out of the country for a portion of this week to do so. If Schelotto and any other prospects are interviewed in the next few days, and Ramos is given another shot following the completion of USMNT camp next week, it’s possible that Rodriguez could have his man before Thanksgiving as he indicated during his introductory press conference.
The future of Jason Kreis is also in question given that another of his rumored destination clubs is now out of postseason competition. Kreis’ connection to former RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey, who is now in the same role with Seattle, would seem make him a fit there if a move is made with Sigi Schmid. Kreis had discussions with Toronto FC two weeks ago before they decided to stay with Greg Vanney but there hasn’t been much scuttlebutt about a Chicago move.
Former Fire defender Bakary Soumare has announced that he is retiring at the end of the season. The now 30 year old defender has not played one minute for FC Dallas since being traded from Montreal on July 16.
Soumare was nominated for MLS Defender of the Year and named to the league’s Best XI in 2008 before a less than successful second stint with the club ended following last season.
FC Dallas has advanced to the Western Conference finals set to begin on November 22 in Portland.
Soccer money in Chicago?
Locally based private equity firm Peak6, has purchased a 25% ownership stake in Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.