Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Fire president Greeley steps down
By Charlie Corr
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that president Dave Greeley is officially stepping down on Aug. 31, indicating in a release that he wants to "focus on some other opportunities and interests."
"The past two years have been intensely rewarding for me professionally, and I am forever grateful to [owner] Andrew Hauptman for giving me this opportunity," Greeley said in a statement. "To be a part of the Fire's short, but sweet, history and the overall ascension of soccer here in America has been exciting."
Fire technical director Frank Klopas did not wish to clarify any details outside of the team's release as to what Greeley's future plans are implied at the end of the Fire's statement, simply saying that "he's a good man and a good person, and I wish him nothing but the best."
Javier Leon, the managing director of Andell Sports Group, is assuming the day-to-day management responsibilities of the organization. Leon was an interim club president in 2008 following the departure of John Guppy.
U.S.'s roster set for Brazil: Former Fire and current U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley announced his 18-player roster for the Americans' Aug. 10 match against Brazil in East Rutherford, N.J. (7 p.m., ESPN2). Included on the squad is former Fire defender and U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who played in every minute during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
"This game is a great opportunity to showcase many players from the World Cup team who earned the respect and appreciation of fans across the country," Bradley said in a statement. "At the same time, our goal continues to be to compete and succeed against the best teams in the world. With an extremely talented group of players, Brazil will be another difficult test."