By Nina Falcone
When Frank Klopas was brought in as the Fire's interim coach, he quickly realized he wanted more involvement with the team. His job was to support former coach Carlos de los Cobos, but he hoped to shed the "interim" title as fast as possible.
His love of being on the field with the players caused him to jump on the opportunity to become the Fire's new head coach as soon as position presented itself.
In terms of 2010-2011 team, Klopas felt very comfortable with the players the team brought in and saw them as a good base to work off of.
"Right now if we can bring another forward in that can provide some scoring and another player in the midfield that's more of a two-way guy, that can obviously get us some points and goals going forward, but also help on a defensive side," Klopas said.
"So not that many changes, we will bring a couple impact players if we can to make the team better and provide some more depth. That way we'll feel very comfortable going into next season."
But it's not solely about the players' performances on the field. Klopas is making a scouting trip to Europe and South America in December to find players that he believes will be a good fit for his team.
"We have a good database of players that we researced a year ahead of time, so more than anything when we go on these trips we get to know these players on a character standpoint... It's very important for us to build a family."