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Monday kickaround: MLS coaches, Champions League, Don Garber, vuvuzelas, NCAA tournaments

By Steve Goff

*Chivas USA has shown interest in Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser for its head coaching position, multiple sources told the Insider. Several other candidates are being considered as well. Is former Chicago Fire boss Denis Hamlett in the mix for any of the three openings in MLS (Chivas, D.C. United, Toronto)? Speaking of Chicago, as of a few weeks ago when the club sacrificed an assistant and the fitness coach as a result of a terribly disappointing season, Carlos de los Cobos seemed certain of returning. But will the Fire conclude that there were bigger problems and replace the Mexican coach?

*With the MLS Cup finalists set, the league's participants in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League are unofficially in place: Colorado and Dallas, plus Seattle (U.S. Open Cup) and Los Angeles (Supporters' Shield). Does that mean New York, Real Salt Lake, Columbus and San Jose will receive the consolation prize (SuperLiga)?

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber's state of the league address and the Best XI announcement were tentatively scheduled for today but moved to Tuesday.

*What do vuvuzelas have in common with the spillcam and "refudiate"?

For more.....

*The NCAA men's tournament brackets will be unveiled at 4:30 p.m. ET today on ESPNU. I'll post the local matchups as soon as they are announced. As conference champions, Maryland, William & Mary and UMBC are automatic, while Virginia and Georgetown are likely to receive at-large invitations.

*NCAA women: Georgetown upset Maryland on penalty kicks and advanced to play at snowy Minnesota in the round of 16. Virginia moved on with a 3-0 victory over South Carolina, earning a round-of-16 match against Ohio State on Saturday in Charlottesville. For the complete NCAA bracket, click here.

By Steve Goff  | November 15, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

Would Chicago still make a move on De Los Cobos at this point? Fire Confidential reported last week that De Los Cobos and Klopas were heading to Europe on a scouting mission. Going through that and then making a change would make no sense.

Goff.....do you know if Hamlett is a candidate for the DC job?

Posted by: orimaarko | November 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Has Robin Fraser been interviewed by DC?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | November 15, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Sporting KC?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

MLS will have a 2/3 shot of one more CONCACAF Champions League participant this year. Once they gobble up the last Canadian team, 5 participates a year should hopefully get at least get one team to the final 8.

Posted by: csd1 | November 15, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

OT, but did anyone else attend the DCU/Fan Liasion event at RFK on Saturday afternoon? They invited maybe 15-25 folks -- that's a GUESS-- (we could bring our kids) and they took us straight down in the locker room (offering beverages from the Player's fridge - just gatorade, canned shakes, water, sodas, etc.- no beer). Tino, Andy, Adam, Troy, Jordan, Kurt and a couple more of the guys were just milling around, so we could talk to them (get pix, autograph's, etc.) and check out their lockers, etc. Pretty cool to be down there where it all happens. We had hors' d euvres in the team lounge and then Kurt Morsink and a couple of the players took the kids out to the field to train. Meanwhile, K.P. came out an talked to everyone about how we need to get back to some grass-root efforts to help spread the word around to the different area soccer clubs (especially at the Youth level) to try and re-connect with part of the fan base which he feels "we have gotten away from". He was very positive about the supporter' clubs and all that we bring to the Club. He also promised that D.C. United will be better and that we will be fighting for Silverware in the near future. After K.P., Benny got up and talked from the First Team's prospective. He is excited and seems motivated to help do what he can to move D.C.U forward. Andy then came up and said about four sentences in Spanish which were then translated to English (something about being happy to be here and excited about the future). There was supposed to be a questions and answer period, but it was never offered, therefore I didn't get to ask about two things that I am very interested in; Coaching search and; stadium search (I know zzzzzzzzz...).

Anyway, it was pretty cool. I appreciate the fact that they are reaching out to the Fans and community to try and "right this ship". They were very blunt about the failures of this past season. I am optimistic and am looking forward to next season. I, for one, will continue to support my team and will re-new my season tickets (as soon as I have the money).

Vamos United!!!

Smitty68
MFiddy
Season ticket holder since 1997

Posted by: Smitty68 | November 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

i hate that FC Dallas instead of the Galaxy are in the final. However, I do think that a good placing for FC Dallas in the Concacaf CL with two reputable Mex teams in that group could go a long way towards solidifying that franchise. These smaller struggling franchises like SJ, Dallas, and Colorado need to be solidified and supported in the way that KC is starting to do. Maybe Dallas could also sign a significant Mexican DP at that point and just pack the house.

Posted by: alespar415 | November 15, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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