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Three coaches in the hot seat
May 30th, 2013 8:49PM

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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 14] Following the exit of Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola --  Dutchman Sacha van der Most, the club's youth academy directory of soccer, will serve as interim head coach until Mexican Jose Luis Real takes over -- attention turns to the other MLS coaches in the hot seat. One of them, Vancouver's Martin Rennie, just got a vote of confidence from Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi ahead of Saturday's game at Eastern Conference leader New York, while Chicago's Frank Klopas and D.C. United's Ben Olsen -- whose teams have three wins combined in 22 games -- face each other on Sunday.

Rennie got the 'Caps to the playoffs in his first season with the club, but they have been inconsistent all season in 2013, most recently losing the final of the Amway Canadian Championship after tying Montreal, 2-2, at home in the second leg.

“That’s not even something you consider at this point,” Lenarduzzi told Metro. “The support for Martin and the coaching staff and the players will continue to be there. If we play like we did [Wednesday night] and eliminate those individual mistakes, we will win more games than we lose.”

Vancouver (3-4-4 in MLS play) twice led the Impact but could not hold on to the lead.

After the Fire began 0-3-1 -- its worst start ever -- Javier Leon, the club's president of soccer operations, gave Klopas a vote of confidence. That was more than two months ago. Since then, the Fire is 2-4-1 with the third worst overall record in the league behind only Toronto FC and D.C. United.

The Fire is hoping the acquisition of Bakary Soumare and Mike Magee will turn around its fortunes. Magee scored in his Fire debut, a 2-0 win at the Charlotte Eagles in the Open Cup.

D.C. United hasn't won since the second game of the season -- a stretch of 81 days -- making it overdue for a change.

Following the most recent loss, a 2-0 loss to Portland, Olsen, who led the club to the Eastern Conference championship in 2012, said he was fed up with the lack of passion and commitment from some of his players.

“It’s embarrassing how soft we are, everywhere around the field," he said.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 14:
Saturday, June 1
6 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia
7 pm ET
New York vs. Vancouver
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Montreal
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. FC Dallas
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Seattle

Sunday, June 2

4:30 pm ET
New England vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN
5 pm ET
Chicago vs. D.C. United, UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

25 New York 7-4-4 22/17
23 Montreal 7-2-2 20/14
21 Houston 6-3-3 18/13
19 Sporting KC 5-4-4 17/11
18 Philadelphia 5-5-3 18/23
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16 Columbus 4-4-4 15/12
16 New England 4-4-4 10/9
8 Chicago 2-7-2 7/17
7 Toronto FC 1-7-4 10/18
5 D.C. United 1-9-2 6/22

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

27 FC Dallas 8-2-3 21/15
22 Portland 5-1-7 22/14
21 Real Salt Lake 6-5-3 18/15
20 LA Galaxy 6-4-2 21/10
19 Colorado 5-4-4 13/10
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15 Seattle 4-4-3 14/13
15 San Jose 3-5-6 13/20
13 Vancouver 3-4-4 14/16
11 Chivas USA 3-7-2 13/24
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
9 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
9 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
6 Thierry Henry (New York)
6 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
6 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
6 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
5 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
5 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
5 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
5 Will Johnson (Portland)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 15:
Wednesday, June 5
7:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Columbus, Univision Dep.

Saturday, June 8 
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. D.C. United, Univision Dep.
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Portland
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
Seattle vs. Vancouver, NBCSN

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 16:
Saturday, June 15
5 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas, ESPN
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Montreal, Univision Dep.
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. San Jose
10 pm ET
Vancouver vs. New England

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 17:
Wednesday, June 19
8 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Colorado
10 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Chivas USA
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Portland

Saturday, June 22
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. San Jose
8 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Toronto FC
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle

Sunday, June 23
5 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. New York, ESPN
7 pm ET
Portland vs. Colorado, NBCSN
11 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 18:
Saturday, June 29
1 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake
5:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. FC Dallas, NBCSN
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Colorado, Univision Dep.
D.C. United vs. Vancouver
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Columbus
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. LA Galaxy (at Stanford Stadium)
Chivas USA vs. New England

Sunday, June 30
2 pm ET
New York vs. Houston, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes



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