Fire dismiss de los Cobos after slow start

Fire dismiss de los Cobos after slow start

Published May. 31, 2011 12:46 a.m. ET

The Chicago Fire dismissed coach Carlos de los Cobos on Monday after his struggling team recorded only one win in 11 games this spring.

Fire technical director Frank Klopas will serve as the interim coach for the rest of the season.

Javier Leon, an executive representing team owner Andrew Hauptman, announced the changes in a statement released Monday afternoon.

''Since the Fire has elected to move in a new direction with its coaching staff midseason, we wanted to ensure a seamless transition by naming Frank Klopas interim head coach,'' said Leon, the managing director of Andell Sports.


''Frank's wealth of knowledge and experience as a player, scout, technical director and coach provide an extraordinary background for him to manage the team successfully as we work towards a MLS Cup playoff spot.''

The 52-year-old De los Cobos, a former El Salvador national team coach, went 10-16-15 in 1 1/2 seasons with Chicago. The Fire is 1-4-6 this season, with their only league victory a 3-2 decision against Kansas City on March 26.

Klopas played on the Fire's inaugural 1998 team that won the Major League Soccer title and the U.S. Open Cup championship.