Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Chicago Fire fires Coach Dave Sarachan
by Mike Woitalla, June 21st, 2007 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED



The Chicago Fire, which won just one game in its last eight outings, has fired Coach Dave Sarachan. Denis Hamlett, an assistant coach for Chicago for 10 seasons, takes over as interim head. Sarachan coached the Fire since 2003, when the Fire finished MLS runner-up. The Fire missed the playoffs once during Sarachan's four full seasons in charge, in 2004. It was eliminated last year in the quarterfinals on penalty kicks by New England. Sarachan guided the Fire to U.S. Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. "I don't think this was a fair time to assess [Sarachan]," Chicago captain Chris Armas told the Chicago Tribune . "Why even re-sign him at the end of [last] year in the first place? He should have been given the year to get things back on track. We have injuries and guys at the national team camp. Our core group has been gone."

The 4-6-2 Fire is also promised an offensive boost with the pending arrival of Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Sarachan, who was Bruce Arena's assistant with the U.S. 2002 World Cup team and at D.C. United, told the Chicago Tribune, "I'm an Ivy League graduate and coached in the World Cup [as an assistant]. I'll find work in the next few months. I have too good of a résumé not to find something."

"We are appreciative of everything Dave has done for this organization - he has been a true professional in every sense of the word," said Fire President/CEO John Guppy. "At the same time, we realize that the team is not headed in the direction we would like and felt a change was necessary."


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
Turmoil in Toronto leads to shakeup    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to New England and ...
What They're Saying: Steven Gerrard    
"If he plays like that for us every week and continues to improve, he could be ...
Reign players reward Harvey with turnaround    
[NWSL: Final] Englishwoman Laura Harvey was an easy choice for NWSL Coach of the Year, taking ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives