Brian Bliss says he hopes to bring stability and a hands-on approach to the Chicago Fire after stepping in for the sacked Frank Yallop. The interim manager had been the Fire's technical director, but all that changed on Sunday when the team parted ways with Yallop and hired Major League Soccer executive Nelson Rodriguez as general manager.
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and defender Eric Gehrig will miss the remainder of the 2015 season due to injuries, the club announced on Tuesday. “It’s unfortunate to lose Sean and Eric at this point in the season, but these types of things happen in soccer,” interim head coach Brian Bliss said in a statement released by the club. “Both players have been battling through pain over the last few weeks and they’re tough guys, but it was important to us that we make sure they get a chance to heal up and be ready for the start of the 2016 season.”
Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced the appointment of former MLS veteran Nelson Rodríguez as General Manager. In addition, the Club has parted ways with Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop, as well as assistant coaches Marc Bircham and Clint Mathis, naming Technical Director Brian Bliss as the Interim Head Coach and former Fire Captain Logan Pause as Interim Assistant Coach. Rodríguez will join the Fire on October 19, all other changes are effective immediately.