I am really happy to see an MLS team finally hire a Mexican coach full-time now that it’s looking like Chicago is going to hire Mexican Carlos de los Cobos from the Salvadorean NT. (Javier Ledesma was first Mexican to coach in MLS with Chivas, but as an interim coach). It’s never made sense to me that nobody in MLS has ever looked South to find an ambitious Mexican coach eager to move and coach in the US. I’ve always wanted someone in MLS to throw lots of money at Enrique Meza who has had amazing success even at less “pedigreed” clubs like Toluca and Pachuca.
De los Cobos will do though and, quite frankly, I hope he succeeds. He did some great things with El Salvador in getting them to the Hex for the first time since 1998, beating Mexico and Costa Rica while scaring the pants of the Americans in San Salvador. El Salvador is a small and poor country remember, with only roughly the population of Laos and Jordan.* Reaching the Hex and taking some scalps while there is a great accomplishment in today’s CONCACAF.
I think a successful team in Chicago, with Blanco, and coached by a Mexican (Does anyone know if he speaks English?) would be one hell of a ticket-selling machine in that area.
*Paraguay is roughly this size as well, which makes their recently great performances to stroll into the World Cup even more amazing.