Chicago fans may still be fuming that Juan Carlos Osorio has moved on to New York so quickly. To a certain extent, there might be a little deja vu going on, seeing as how Bob Bradley was a beloved Chicago coach who jilted the team for New York as well.
Bradley had the courtesy to lead the Fire to a title first, but in some ways, his move was more wrenching because of that.
Chicago fans have to feel a bit like the local girl who is loyal to her guy, but gets dumped as soon as he does anything noteworthy and gets attention from the big-city floozie.
Ah well, the consolation Fire fans may take is that if history holds true, Osorio is in for nothing but pain and heartache with New York.
As for the Fire, a dream coaching candidate may not be on the immediate horizon. The club has to know that Denis Hamlett won't stay an assistant forever. I especially don't see him taking orders from another coach making that jump - meaning that if the Fire bring in Paul Mariner, I don't expect Hamlett to stay.
Apparently, Jesse Marsch's name has been connected to the opening, though there's no evidence of an interview yet. Marsch had a productive season with Chivas USA (gaining notoriety with this incident).
I've thought Marsch would make an excellent coach for some time, and he actually has more experience than one might think, because he's earned the USSF license. If Marsch takes the job, it won't be because he needs to give up his playing career, but that the Fire post is simply too good to pass up.
The most successful teams in MLS are usually noted for their continuity. The candidate who views Chicago as that special someone they'd love to stay with for a good while would be an ideal pick.