Discussion in 'Colorado Rapids' started by Rapids Front Office, Dec 1, 2004.
Now up only on ColoradoRapids.com: http://www.coloradorapids.com/News/newsdetails.asp?ID=828
Well, the "official" list is only on the Rapids' site. With the exception of Osorio, it's the same list that we had on Rapidsfan -- and counting Osorio, the same list as what was being run here in the forums:
Bliss, Clavijo, Hamlett, Onalfo, Osorio, Soehn
Still, very impressive that the Rapids didn't just release a list, but published bios as well! Perhaps this is the dawn of a new era of information coming from the team... (I can dream, can't I?)
At least four of the six candidates speak fluent Spanish -- perhaps 5, I'm not sure about Onalfo. If Soehn speaks Spanish, then I've not read that anywhere.
Too bad that Tritt is not on the list. Here's hoping that whoever is chosen doesn't jettison Steve while ascending to the throne.
Ya, too bad Trittchuh (sp?) isn't on the list. Would have been a good candidate. Maybe he was nixed for being too close to Hanki. Anyway, onward and upward.
Maybe Tritt doesn't think he's ready or want the job.
Someone going to apologize to Greenie for calling his site hearsay when he has the same list? Ok, it was all public knowledge already but he had it.
I am not sure if Tritt is ready or able to step up to being a head coach. I just don't picture him being a head coach.
On MLSnet.com they say there are others besides the 6 announced.
If you read the Rapids' article you'll see that those not listed are due to current job situations. I'd imagine Tritt would make the list if he is under consideration since his current coaching situation wouldn't be hurt by being on the list.
"Wright said it was mutually agreed not to interview Rapids assistant Steve Trittschuh for the vacancy, citing a lack of experience."
From today's DP:
I guess they figured that since everyone in the soccer commuity knew about it, they might as well come out and tell everyone what they already knew!
I think this was done to create some local media coverage since all the info on the coaching was coming from media sources outside Denver. Worked, too. Kinda sad it took this for the Rapids to get some coverage of their coaching search, but kudos to them for being proactive about it.
Onalfo played in Mexico and is married to a Mexican. He speaks fluent Spanish. Don't know about Soehn speaking Spanish. What I do know about Soehn is that he's the only person in MLS to participate in the last two MLS Cups, in his case as an assistant, and that in the last two years he's been part of winning the Open Cup, Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup after winning one MLS Cup and three Open Cups (one w/ Dallas, two w/ the Fire) as a player.
I'm guessing the other two are college coaches and they don't want their names announced publicly because if they don't get the job it could hurt their ability to recruit as coaches from rival schools would point to the candidate looking to leave and use that against him in recruiting.
As for which college coaches, I don't know.
My guess on the college coaches would be from the Eight remaining teams in the NCAA tourney.
It's a great time to be the only MLS team looking for a coach. I seriously doubt those assistants who've been passed on before have a serious shot. If his name ends in an "o" he's got a great shot.
For what its worth I believe that Juan Carlos Osorio is going to be one of the top picks, why?
An article in the soccer magazine Futbol Mundial, handed out at MLS Cup matches, entitled " Esto Es Progreso? Juan Carlos Osorio quiere huir de Inglaterra para volver a America".
"This is Progress? Juan C. Osorio wants to leave England to comeback to the US."
He states that he feels he can progress and do much more by leaving Manchester City of England and coming back to the MLS, he was assit. Coach to Octavio Zambrano (Metrostars).
I would imagine that he has alot of eyes on him, in the MLS, and the fact that he is working for Manchester City, and wants to coach in MLS is something.
This article can be accessed on futbolmundialUSA.com
Juan Carlos Osorio has an outstanding resume and work experience. I remember him being an assistant coach with an A-league team back in the late 90's, and from there he was plucked by Octavio Zambrano to become his first assistant with the Metros. Supposedly he was in charge of the day to day traing as he is now with Manchester City of the EPL, and all his players praise him a great deal. Claudia Reyna was quoted last year that Osorio would be a great coach in the MLS.
I hope he does get the job. After all if he can deal with as high level of players as in the EPL, I am certain he will do a fine job with the Rapids.
my bet is on Clavijo. he can lead the team to glory
I hope not. He's at the bottom of my list after bombing with NE. Yeah he got them to MLS Cup in '02 but remember, they were the total underdog and didn't have a great season. I feel like he would do the same thing Hanki did. Maybe not with the same style, but he'd get the same results.
I am still leaning towards Bliss as he has been a part of a great team in KC. Gansler is the best coach in MLS so I'm hoping he's learned some things along the way.
A great team that has been playing almost as entertaining soccer as the Rapids during the last five years!
I rather have a team that is a contender for the cup with ENTERTAINING soccer that I can watch week after week, then one that reaches MLS Cup almost every year with a totally defensive style of soccer...which is exactly what KC has done for the most part!
My money is on Onalfo (he would run this team like the Nats. -National team that is-) and if you ask me, I like the way the US plays!
or Clavijo with a heavy influence from south American style of play that has been evened up with a vast knowledge of the American players. (He was one of them!)
Didn't Clavijo can canned by Haiti because he couldn't coach?
In fairness to KC they've made the best of what they've had. Losing the ageless wonder was a big adjustment, and yet they still made the final.
I agree. Their style of play reflects the talent they have. From what I've seen, they adapted their style of play to the players in their organization. That's not to say they didn't pick up players that fit that style. Either way, the KC staff adapted their style to their players or picked up players to fit their style. Which ever one it is, that is a better approach than we have had in the Hanki/Counce system. While I can't stand the boring, counter-attacking style, results are what matter. Everyone wants an entertaining, attack oriented style that wins, but if we do not have the talent to play that style, you adapt to what you have. Winning is the bottom line.
Which ever coach we pick, I just hope we have a consistant, organized style of play where all of the players know what is expected week-in and week-out. If it's an sit back and counter-attack style, we better win (and be competitive in the end) or there will be another drop off in attendance. If it's an attacking, goal-scoring (more entertaining for the casual fan) style, you still have to win. At the end of the day, you are what your record says you are. Winning counts.
I don't know if any of you saw this article by Ives Galarcep. If you scroll to the bottom, he briefly touches on the decision to release the list of six potential coaches, and he also notes that one of the three coaches not mentioned is Sigi Schmid.
Interesting ... I would think the names being floated all have permissions by their teams to publically go for the jobs! I mean why would KC or DC hold back their assistant coaches?
Interesting stance on this one. I don't know what is the right way to do it but I don't really think it is a big a fau paux as this guy makes it out to be. It seems like he was looking for a story.
Gotta agree. Making a mountain out of a molehill. Maybe the faux pas he believes the Rapids are making is announcing it themselves, as opposed to them "leaking" it to the press. What, did he get snubbed for the story?
It was pretty well known that Bliss was interested, and had obtained permission from his club. For that matter, so has Soehn. Bruce Arena gave his personal endorsement to Onalfo. Hamlett's name has been thrown around for coaching vacancies, and not just the Rapids.
Does this guy read or keep track of this? Or is this just a knee jerk reaction to reading one single story on the Rapids website regarding the candidates under consideration? Methinks this guy hasn't been paying attention.
I think Ives is one of the best soccer reporters in the country. But, I don't think this is the goat-screw he makes it out to be.
That said, there's no denying that the Rapids annoucning a partial list of coaching "finalists" is a very unusual move. I said this earlier, but I still maintain they did this because the local reporters weren't covering the coaching search at all and that by announcing the "finalists" it got them ink from the Denver papers.
Why they didn't just leak the info, like someone suggested a couple posts back, I don't know. That would have been the more orthodox way to handle this type of thing. But announcing finalists and then saying it's just a partial list and that there are as many as nine "finalists" makes the team look like it's not quite sure where its going.
I mean, nine finalists? Please. Track meets don't have nine finalists. Finalists are when you're down to 2-3 guys. What - did 'Celo not want to hurt anyone's feelings?
I don't understand what the big deal is either. Everywere in the world of soccer (maybe not in the world of American sports) they talk about the candidates to such important positions.
Especially if the names had already been reported on other newspapers around the nation?
You think he (and his newspaper) would have stopped from printing the names himself if he had had the list of names before anyone???
I think he is pissed that the RFO broke the story first on the team's webpage.
Once a reporter, always a reporter!