MLS: Fusion cans Cordoba, names Brazilian Ivo Wortmann coach

Brazilian Ivo Wortmann has been named the new head coach of the Miami Fusion. Wortmann replaces Carlos "Cacho" Cordoba, who recorded eight wins (three in regulation) and 11 losses as the Fusion's first head coach. A former member of the Brazilian National Team and head coach of the Saudi Arabian national team, Wortmann, 48, led his first practice with Miami the evening of July 24. Wortmann, who is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, has served for the past year as director of coaching at the highly regarded adidas Soccer Academy at the Bollettieri Sports Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He also helped organize Major League Soccer's player combine in Fort Lauderdale early this year. Between 1995 and 1997, Wortmann coached the Saudi Arabian Olympic team, which competed in the 1996 Atlanta Games. He also coached the full Saudi Arabian national team during the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan. In 1989, Wortmann led the Saudi Arabian Under-17 team in the World Youth Championship. "We decided to make a coaching change," said Fusion GM Leandro Stillitano. "Ivo's an internationally experienced coach who has had the opportunity to work with top American players. We are confident that he will put the best-possible product on the field for our fans to enjoy. With almost half the season still to play, we are within reach of a playoff spot." The Fusion also announced the release of assistant coaches Mario Degl'Innocenti and Pedro Magallanes. Assistant Coach Nick Megaloudis will remain with the Fusion on an interim basis as team administrator and will assist Wortmann during the coaching transition. Wortmann is expected to appoint a new coaching staff in the coming weeks.
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