I think it is safe to say that the coaching search for FC Dallas is about to get really interesting in the next couple of weeks.
A report by ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle states that the club is targeting former league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto for the open coaching spot with the club. While that isn't news to us here, the big talking point from this piece is the fact that the money may keep Schelotto in Argentina.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the preferred choice to take over the vacant managerial position at F.C. Dallas multiple sources told ESPNFC.com.
But a disagreement over compensation may prevent the Argentine from joining the MLS club.
Schelotto is currently managing Argentine side Lanus, where he is in contention for two titles and is under contract until next summer. One of those titles is the Copa Sudamericana.
The report also states that the following folks have interviewed for the open position as well:
Brian Bliss, another known quantity to the Hunts from his days as Columbus' technical director, is known to have interviewed with club prior to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Other confirmed interviewees are Houston Dynamo assistant Steve Ralston, former D.C. United manager Tom Soehn, U.S. U-15 head coach Hugo Perez, and Seattle assistant Brian Schmetzer.
We've touched on a couple of those guys as possibilities. I can confirm that Ralston and Perez interviewed as well. The new names in that group are Soehn and Schmetzer.
Soehn would be a very interesting choice, his days in D.C. were up and down to say the very least. He helped guide the Black-and-Red to a Supporters Shield in 2007, an Open Cup in 2008 and Open Cup Runner-Up in 2009. He as also a top assistant during the last MLS Cup win by United in 2004.
He also spent time in Vancouver as their Director of Soccer Operations and later as their interim manager in 2011. Those runs in Vancouver didn't last long as he left the club when Martin Rennie was hired.
Schmetzer is a name I wasn't expecting to hear but one that is a pleasant surprise. The Seattle native has spent nearly all of his playing and coaching career in Seattle. He has prior head coaching experience with the Sounders during the USL days. If anything, this name intrigues me the most as players like the guy and he knows the league pretty well after being with the Sounders these last few years.