Bliss returns to Sporting KC in front-office role

Brian Bliss, who has served as the interim coach at three MLS clubs over the last decade but was passed over for the head coaching job, has moved to Sporting Kansas City as the director of player personnel. He ended his MLS playing career in 1998 with the Wizards and served as an assistant coach under Bob Gansler with them in 2000-06.

"I'm excited to come back to Kansas City and work for a great organization," Bliss said. "Sporting KC has made tremendous strides over the last several years, and we have a great opportunity to continue that growth into the future. I look forward to helping Peter and the staff reach their goals and keep the club headed in a positive direction."

Bliss began his coaching career in 1999 with the A-League's Connecticut Wolves before joining the Wizards a year later. After seven seasons as an assistant coach, he was appointed interim head coach for the second half of the 2006 campaign, finishing with a 4-4-6 record.

Bliss spent 2007 as the state director of coaching for Kansas Youth Soccer. In 2008, he began a six-year spell as technical director for Columbus Crew SC. He was the Crew interim coach in 2013 after the departure of Robert Warzycha before moving to the Chicago Fire, where he also held the position of technical director. He assumed the role of interim coach for Chicago's last five matches of the 2015 season after the departure of Frank Yallop.

At the youth level, Bliss coached the Crew Juniors to U.S. Youth Soccer U-19 McGuire Cup national championships in 2010 and 2012 and served as an assistant coach for the U.S. under-20 men's national team since 2012, including a trip to the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

As a player, Bliss earned 33 caps for the USA over 12 years 1984-1995) and played with Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes at the 1988 Olympics and the 1990 World Cup.

He played played for Energie Cottbus (1990-91), Chemnitzer FC (1991) and FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1992-96) in the German Second Division and with Columbus, the MetroStars and Kansas City in MLS.
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