Coaching Changes

Major League Soccer

Forecasting 2017, by the numbers

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The best of times; the worst of times.

The Seattle Sounders were not chasing the 2016 MLS Cup when the team parted ways with Sigi Schmid in July — at least neither players nor management could have reasonably expected, at the time, to win the league championship. Midseason coaching changes have a long and dismal history.

The MLS Offseason So Far

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Jason Kreis made headlines already this offseason by taking the NYCFC job. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

This offseason has been a tad crazy already. From trades, retirements, coaching changes and drafts, this offseason isn't even a month old and we're already gearing up for a fun few weeks here with the holidays.

Frank Yallop Parts Ways With San Jose

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Things just haven't been sunny in San Jose this season. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Woah. I did not see this coming this quickly.

The San Jose Earthquakes and head coach Frank Yallop announced today that they have mutually agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Mark Watson has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Valdes "Very Happy to Come Back" to Colombian National Team

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The news of a national team call up should always bring a smile to a player's face, but for Carlos Valdes, this one was sweeter than most.

After two years out of the national team, Valdes was rewarded for his playso far this season and selected by head coach Jose Pekerman for a 24-player camp in Madrid, Spain ahead of Colombia's upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September.

Questions: Winning The West

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony studies the effect coaching changes had this weekend in MLS, asks if Salt Lake can lift the Supporter's Shield, and gives sartorial advice to the Whitecaps. Did the recent coaching changes have any effect on results this past weekend?

Here comes the season, Part 1

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Coaching changes, personnel moves and the addition of an expansion franchise are about to be relegated to the land of off-season action as Major League Soccer kicks off the 2012 season this weekend.

In anticipation of the season start, here is a look at the league's now 19 teams. We start with the Eastern Conference, we follow with the Western Conference and finish with a preview of the Colorado Rapids.

Hans Backe Likely To Be Back In 2012

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Hard to believe it but New York will not make a change next year even if they fail to reach the post season this year.

Red Bulls GM Erik Soler says coach Hans Backe will return next season regardless of if the team qualifies for the playoffsabout 4 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite@NYDNInterNetsStefan Bondy

This tweet came earlier in the day and sparked a decent debate between folks on Twitter.

Contenders, Pretenders Game: 2011 Edition

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Seattle and RSL could be battling it out for a Supporter's Shield this season. (Getty Images)

Aside from a handfull of teams, we are at the halfway point in the Major League Soccer season. Most teams have played 17 games or more at this point so we should have a very solid understanding as to who is contending and who is just flat out pretending.

Coaching Changes for Chicago & Vancouver

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With coaching changes made in Major League Soccer this past weekend with both Teitur Thordarson (Vancouver) and Carlos de los Cobos (Chicago), Ives Galarcep looks at the moves by both teams.

The 2011 season started off with so much promise for both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire, two teams who came into the season with question marks and coaches who seemed like prime candidates to be replaced if things didn't go well.

Why They Should Come Home

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I came across an article on earlier this morning and really thought it was worth discussing. The article is about former MLSers and other Americans/Canadians abroad that should return home to play in MLS. I can't say I disagree with many on this list and I have a couple more that probably just need to suck it up and return home so they can actually see some playing time on the field.

Chivas USA Let Vasquez Go

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Some pink slip news for this evening.

According to ESPN Los Angeles, Chivas USA is set to dismiss head coach Martin Vasquez after one season as the club's manager. Vasquez guided Chivas to an 8-18-4 mark and last place in the Western Conference.

Oddly enough the move comes shortly after reports of him getting a vote of confidence from the club.

Real Madrid

Major Link Soccer: Champions League Heroics

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Champions League heroics, coaching changes, and tackle of the week.

Champions League

Kevin De Bruyne played the hero Tuesday night. The Manchester City midfielder curled in a cracking shot from the top of the box ending Paris Saint Germain's dream.

Hat trick heroics carry Real Madrid into the final four of the Champions League.

Sport, Society, Ownership, & Accountability – Blah Blah Blah

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We like to paint the world in perfectly ordered opposites. On the one hand, as an American, I have grown up with the cold familiarity of the franchise sports model. Here's how the cookie crumbles in the States. Basically, a businessman (or woman) who has made billions in selling chemicals or prescription drugs hits middle age, gets bored, doesn't want to start a foundation, and picks a small Midwestern city to inject with happiness and PR via a sports team.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs A Good Fit For Clint

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Clint Dempsey in a June 4 friendly between the U.S. and Spain at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Tottenham Hotspur's last minute swoop to acquire Clint Dempsey for around $9.6 million may have come as a surprise, but on paper at least the move makes a lot of sense for both parties.

Gunners and Spurs target ready for move

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FC Cologne forward Lukas Podolski has indicated that he will consider all his transfer options at the end of the current season, insisting that he can "fit into any side in Europe."

Podolski has been on the radar of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for quite a while and widespread reports in the English media suggested that Tottenham Hotspur were also keen on signing the Germany international.

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Portland Timbers Fire John Spencer

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The dreaded sophomore slump has hit the Portland Timbers, and today John Spencer paid the price.

Portland are a woeful 5-8-4 this season and are in next-to-last place in the league's Western Conference, with no road wins.

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson made the announcement during a press conference at JELD-WEN Field.

Catching Up With MIAC Soccer Coaching Changes

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Several coaching changes have taken place recently which will set both the MIAC men's and women's soccer conferences up to be interesting. Jocelyn Keller named new head coach of Carleton Women's Soccer On the women's side, Jocelyn Keller was named as the new head coach of the Carleton women's soccer program.

professional sports

Does firing your head coach really fix anything?

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No matter how good a coach you may be, your success will ultimately come down to your players on the field.

Especially in professional sports, ownership groups with itchy trigger fingers seem to think that a quick firing can present a quick fix for a team in disarray. That has been brought to the forefront in the National Football League (NFL) here in the United States, and in the English Premier League (EPL).

Unpopular Changes Made to Fan Relations Staff

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When I started writing this blog my intention was to write about everything and anything related to the Fire. In general I wanted to provide a place to find news, information, and discussion that wasn't provided anywhere through mainstream media outlets. This post has nothing to do with the team's play, player additions, or coaching changes so indulge my rambling regarding an off field topic for a moment.


Serie A Predictions for 2011-12 Season: Fifth Place — S.S. Lazio

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This season's Serie A campaign looks to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. With the top clubs from the last few seasons getting older, and upstarts gaining more experience, the gap seems to be closing and fans of Italian soccer have much to look forward to.

For this reason, predicting the team who will place fifth in the table during this upcoming season was perhaps the most difficult selection to make.

Juventus emerging as title contenders

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Juventus suffered last season following one of the worst campaigns in their glorious history. There were multiple reasons behind their collapse such as instability due to coaching changes, a number of injuries to key players, the management's bad decisions in the transfer market and the age factor catching up with star players among other factors.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer - Coaching Carousel Edition

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The Seattle Sounders are at home this weekend after a week's worth of well needed rest. They play an improving Chivas USA team at the CLink on Saturday. Hopefully, they can build on last weekend's win at Sporting KC. Also, for those of you who are interested, Pat Noonan talks about the foul and the flop from Omar Bravo.

Major Link Soccer - Fat Man Sings Edition

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It's been a busy news week for the Sounders and the rest of MLS. The Seattle Sounders invited strikers Cillian Sheridan and Myron Samuel to train with the Sounders this week. Sounders fans were able to see both play in the reserve league game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps senior team, and their family-friendly fans, will be in town this Saturday for the big rivalry game.

field success

NASL Midweek Action: Fit to be Tied

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Two NASL matches were played Wednesday evening, with both matches between Montreal Fort Lauderdale and FC Edmonton -Carolina RailHawks ending in 1-1 draws.

Montreal 1-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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This season certainly isn't going as scripted for the Montreal Impact.

NASL Midweek Action: Fit to be Tied

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Two NASL matches were played Wednesday evening, with both matches, Montreal Fort Lauderdale and FC Edmonton Carolina RailHawks, ending in 1-1 draws.

Montreal Impact 1-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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This season certainly isn't going as scripted for the Montreal Impact.

The Rest

Repost: The US Fan Base In Contrast

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At one point, there was a half-assed plan to repost old posts, both in a transparent bid to keep MFUSA going, and because I honestly believe there are things worth revisiting in the archives. This is one of those, a post by Jason Kuenle about a USMNT fan base at odds with itself. It's more than relevant as Jurgen Klinsmann attempts to make a hard right turn with the team and program, so I present to you now.

Soccer Business Bits: Revs Make Changes?; More Garber Answers & More

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Coaching changes aren't usually fodder for this website, but since the Revs have reached into their broadcast booth when grabbing a coach for the 2012 version of the team, we can file this under media coverage of the team. Heaps retired after the 2009 season and spent two years paired with Brad Feldman while providing color commentary.

Timbers Tid Bits: FIFA Implosion Edition

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For those of you who haven't been following the drama happening within FIFA, you really should be. It's fascinating how such an inward, closed-off organization was finally pried open, if only a little bit, for the rest of us to see how it works. Over the last week or so there's been a lot of upheaval within the organization over corruption to the point where FIFA had no other option than to address them properly.

Frank Klopas: Chicago Fire Coach's First Day on the Job

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New Chicago Fire interim head coach Frank Klopas went right to work on Tuesday conducting his first training session and his first media sessions. The sports press was out in full press with cameras galore. You might have even noticed the coverage on the local news stations yesterday. I think this was in part due to Klopas' history in Chicago as a player and a famous soccer figure.

Don't be so quick to blame the coach for your team's poor play

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At times, it seems that coaches in professional sports are shuffled more often than the decks at Vegas blackjack tables. And when the cards finally land, the hand can be a raw deal: with even a hint of distress, managers take heavy fire from team brass, sponsors and fans, all of whom have different stakes at risk and their own set of expectations for success.

Should Managers Be Sacked Mid-Season?

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Teams typically begin each season with high expectations. The previous season's performance, new player acquisitions and coaching changes raise anticipation of the upcoming campaign. Some these expectations are realistic and some are not. As a result, as the season begins to play out, many teams meet or exceed expectations but some some fail to live up to their perceived potential.

Kassel Signing Imminent; Superdraft Notes

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It's been a long time since Red Bulls fans have experienced such a quiet offseason. While other MLS teams have been announcing roster moves and unveiling coaching changes (and while the David Beckham to Tottenham Hotspur loan saga has been playing out in L.A.), RBNY fans have had to be content with the merest crumbs of information.

Brazil vs. Argentina: Mano a Mano

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By Gordon Fleetwood, writing from New York CityÂ

 A little over four months ago the World Cup hopes of Brazil and Argentina were dashed within twenty-four hours of each other. O Selecão fell 2-1 to the Netherlands in a game where a mental collapse was their undoing.