MLS coaching dominoes will fall
If sources monitoring the Chicago situation are right,
But since the Fire fell agonizingly short, losing on penalty kicks 5-4 after a 120-minute scoreless Eastern Conference final slugfest with Real Salt Lake last Saturday night at Toyota Park, Hamlett doesn't have enough traction, it seems, to keep his job. Hauptman wants to do things his way.
Hamlett won't be the only one departing.
In the last coaching search, Chicago and Houston assistant coach
There will be plenty going on this week in Seattle during the run-up to MLS Cup that will have nothing to do with the game. The Board of Governors will meet, and supposedly talks will be held between MLS and the players' union regarding a new collective bargaining agreement. And coaches will be interviewed.
No formal discussions have yet been held between Toronto FC and its candidates. Those talks will take place in Seattle. TFC has missed the playoffs three straight years and has no more wiggle room; Preki failed to get past the first round with Chivas USA but can argue, rightly, team management in Guadalajara nixed player moves and dictated he use players from Mexico. One source said a deal with former U.S. international
Toronto FC manager and director of soccer
Preki might also draw interest from other clubs as well as the U.S. national team.
In both Conference Finals, the games went down to the wire and were decided by a few kicks of the ball. Teams looking for coaches, beware: Playoff games, and thus entire seasons in MLS, often swing one way or the other by luck, not performances of players and those who prepare them. In scoreless regulation periods, the Fire and Dynamo both hit the crossbar, and eventually lost.
Since moving to Houston prior to the 2006 season, coach
The transformation of the Galaxy from an eight-win team in '08 into an MLS Cup finalist earned
In the D.C. coaching chase, latest word is that
Back to Hamlett, Hauptman may hold him responsible -- not because of the Soumare incident or a shot off the crossbar or not signing