Sometimes in this job, I'm left just kicking myself (unintended soccer writer pun) when I fail to put together some fairly obvious signs.
This latest one is especially depressing because not only did I have a huge hint to help me along, but I also did put most of it together. After the Galaxy/Hollywood United match, I interviewed Cobi Jones for a brief period. I asked him about considering future options and he said that there were some within the next few weeks that he was looking at.
The news about Frank Yallop leaving the team broke around then.
I figured that it couldn't be coincidental, and wondered if Cobi was being interviewed for the head coaching position. Knowing how close he'd been with Mauricio Cienfuegos, another Galaxy legend who has also mentioned that he'd be interested in coaching, I thought maybe the two would team up. Cienfuegos was also at the match, by the way.
Then the rumor mill started heating up with word of Ruud Gullit - so I modified my speculation. I guessed Cobi would be an assistant.
I mentioned this to my editor when I was working on the Gullit piece, but he rightly pointed out that I needed to get confirmation before writing that into the article. Unfortunately, I couldn't get any confirmation, but I regret now that I didn't put a blurb up here at least.
I mean, all year long (until his Vegas trip) Luis has beaten me in predicting the outcome of MLS games, so here I had the chance to salvage some pride by prognosticating a big story, and I blew it.