[MLS] Just three days before the MLS SuperDraft, the MLS coaching group for 2010 was completed when the Chicago Fire confirmed the appointment of Carlos de los Cobos as new head coach. The former Mexico international is one of the most experienced coaches to join MLS, having coached five clubs in Mexico and most recently served as El Salvador's national team coach.
"The Fire's priority in the head coach search was to identify someone with a love for the game and a track record of quality results. Carlos' extensive soccer knowledge, experience and success as both a coach and player made him an ideal candidate, and we're excited he has decided to join the Fire family," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "Our owner is especially committed to not just maintain our club's history of tradition, honor and passion but to build on it, and I know that Carlos fully embraces this philosophy. He will provide the veteran leadership the club needs, while also offering the passion that will fuel a winning spirit on- and off-the-pitch. We truly believe he has the passion and enthusiasm to inspire both our fans and our players, and that he will help us bring an MLS Cup back to Chicago."
De los Cobos, 51, played for Club America, Queretaro and Monterrey and represented Mexico at the 1986 World Cup.
De los Cobos worked at all levels of Mexico's national team program as an assistant coach and later coached Club America, Celaya, Irapuato, Queretaro and Lobos de UAP.
In 2006, de los Cobos coached El Salvador's powerhouse club FAS that was second in the Clausura 2006 with a 7-5-9 overall record.
HIRED COACH, CURRENT TEAM
Jan. 2010 Carlos de los Cobos, Chicago Fire (Mexico)
Jan. 2010 Hans Backe, New York Red Bulls (Sweden)
Jan. 2010 Curt Onalfo, D.C. United (USA)
Dec. 2009 Martin Vasquez, Chivas USA (USA-Mexico)
Nov. 2009 Preki, Toronto FC (USA)
Nov. 2009 *Peter Vermes, Kansas City Wizards (USA)
May 2009 Piotr Nowak, Philadelphia Union (Poland)
Dec. 2008 Robert Warzycha, Columbus Crew (Poland)
Dec. 2008 Sigi Schmid, Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
Nov. 2008 *Gary Smith, Colorado Rapids (England)
Aug. 2008 Bruce Arena, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
June 2008 Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas (USA)
Nov. 2007 Frank Yallop, San Jose Earthquakes (Canada)
May 2007 Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake (USA)
Dec. 2003 Dominic Kinnear, Houston Dynamo (USA)
May 2002 Steve Nicol, New England Revolution (Scotland)
*Date of permanent appointment.