While we don’t have relegation in MLS, we do have the excitement of which coach will get fired first. As neutrals watch and wonder if this practice is a bit morbid, the fan bases wait for sweet relief. Three weeks ago Frank Yallop, coach of the winless Chicago Fire, was in the lead. He now appears to be safe for the foreseeable future after back-to-back wins against the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City.
Last week it was former Fire coach, current Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas. Montreal did the least to improve their aging squad this off season and the early results show. After the April 19th loss to SKC, owner Joey Saputo tweeted the fans deserve better and promised change. Klopas still has his job, Montreal defeated FC Edmonton to advance to the Canadian Cup Final, then drew DC United on Saturday. Avoiding any embarrassing defeats between now and the last leg of the Canadian Cup final, Klopas may have until the World Cup break to turn it around.
The Union is the opposite of Montreal, they attempted to the increase roster talent in the off season and CEO Nick Sakiewicz backed John Hackworth. The fans have a different opinion, which they voiced during a home loss to DC United with a “Fire Hackworth” chant. Regardless the players back him, though the pressure is mounting after a humiliating 5-3 home loss to the New England Revolution. Philly has only scored more than 2 goals once, the 3rd against New England came late as the game was out of reach. Defensively it is not much better as 4 times this season Philly loss the lead or the game after conceding a goal at or after the 80th minute. Despite everything, it appears out of character for the Union front office to fire Hackworth, at least before the World Cup break.