Klopas says he's prepared to coach Fire

Klopas says he's prepared to coach Fire

Published May. 31, 2011 7:32 p.m. ET

Chicago Fire executive Frank Klopas says the knowledge he gained while scouting and signing current players will help him in his transition to interim coach.

The 44-year-old Fire technical director took over after the team announced the dismissal of second-year coach Carlos de los Cobos on Monday. Klopas supervised his first practice on Tuesday.

Chicago is 1-4-6 this season. Its last Major League Soccer victory came on March 26, a 3-2 decision over Kansas City.

Klopas says, ''I feel comfortable because I believe in the group we have.'' He will continue to supervise the team's soccer operations.


Klopas says de los Cobos was fired on Sunday and the players learned on Monday.