On Jan. 31, the Chicago Fire announced Clint Mathis was hired as an assistant coach. Mathis joins the coaching staff as the only one with an offensive background and was recently with the L.A. Galaxy as their camp and clinic supervisor.
“Clint always played with an edge and was one of the most dynamic strikers to play in MLS,” said Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “He has a wealth of knowledge from his playing career, both domestically and abroad, and at his most recent position with the Galaxy he gained invaluable experience developing young talent. He will be a great asset to our coaching staff, especially from an offensive perspective.”
Mathis was equally as happy to join the Fire.
“I have tremendous respect for Frank and the team he’s assembling in Chicago,” said Mathis. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to return to MLS with such a respected organization.”
This move by Yallop is well planned. Mathis stunned viewers in three countries with his ability to score. With stingy defenses like Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake, the ability to score becomes exponentially harder.
One thing Mathis has going for him is experience. As a striker he has played in the MLS and the Bundesliga. With the foreign practice, there is the opportunity for a few tricks to be taught to the Fire strikers. With preseason still underway, the effects of the Mathis hire have yet to be seen. So when the regular season starts, we will see if the Fire have more playmaking ability than last season.