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January 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Fire introduce new coach, Carlos de los Cobos, and more

And he stopped short of saying that Cuauhtemoc Blanco, a player this league needs as far as I am concerned, is not coming back to the Fire.
The Southtown Star of the Chicago area provides this glance at De los Cobos’ career.
• Coached the El Salvador National Team from 2006 through ’09, leading the team to the final round of World Cup qualifying last year.
• Assistant coach on Mexico’s 1998 World Cup team, which included former Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
• Coached seven Mexican club teams from 1993 through 2005, including one season with storied franchise Club America in 1996.
• Played 10 seasons with Club America from 1979 to 1989.
• Appeared in 25 matches for the Mexican National Team, and played for EL Tri during the 1986 World Cup.
-FIFA is expected to announce if the U.S. gets the 2018 or 2022 bid in December of this year.
-Michael Lewis from MLSnet.com reports that there will be players results for election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced Jan. 14. He mentions Chris Henderson, Sounders FC’s technical director, as a longshot for the Hall.
He puts Henderson in the category of players that “had decent careers in MLS or with the national teams or both, but they could have trouble finding widespread support:”

Chris Henderson. — Currently the technical director of Seattle Sounders FC, Henderson had played in more games than any other MLS player (317) when he hung up his boots for good in 2006. He suited up for Colorado, Kansas City (MLS Cup champions in 2000), Miami, Columbus and New York until he ended an 11-year MLS career in 2006. Capped 79 times, Henderson was a member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup team in Italy, but did not play.

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