Osorio Officially Resigned, RBNY Might Be Doing Too Much
If you haven't heard by now....you probably have a life away from a computer monitor. But since some of us don't, Chicago Fire coach Juan Carlos Osorio has officially resigned from his post siting "family & personal reasons". More like "I'm trying to get paid reasons" but whatevs, I'm certainly not mad at him for it.
When it is officially announced, this will be the second time that the New York club has 'coach poached' Chicago; remember when Metro extracted Bob Bradley a few years back?
Osorio is a pretty damn good coach and a lot pf praise has been heaped on him for his half-season turn around in Chi-town this year. But I can't help but wonder if the honchos over at RBNY even saw the Fire play this season. RBNY wants a team that wins, but it also wants a team that plays exciting soccer and for the most part Osorio's brand of soccer is not to be described by the word 'exciting'. As my buddy Erik said to me last night "welcome to Bob Bradley's Bunker Ball part 2" New York.
The one thing that concerns me about this is that while there is a salary cap for players, teams can spend whatever on coaches, training facilities, stadia, etc. While the salary is likely to never be revealed, Osorio's salary will probably be second only to Ruud Gullit's monster payday. Add this to 2 DP's, the state-of-the-art training grounds and best of breed stadium Red Bull is building and LA's "Jewel of MLS" title is really and truly challenged.
While MLS has worked hard to keep player salaries on an even keel to prevent financial free-wheeling, it might be time to start regulating some other aspects of how teams are run before keeping up with the Jones' becomes a very real problem.