Rothenberg out, coaches in for Major League Soccer


Major League Soccer finally is beginning to stir.

This week, Alan Rothenberg is expected to be replaced as chairman and chief executive officer. The need for a hands-on leader will be cited for the switch, Rothenberg being viewed as having spread himself too thin between MLS, his law practice and the presidency of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The shake-up is said to be a mutually agreed-upon move.

Coaches, too, are being named. There are two already in place -- Kansas City's Ron Newman and Tampa Bay's Thomas Rongen.

The Los Angeles Galaxy is expected to name its choice within the next week to 10 days, and the New England Revolution is chasing three possible coaches: Irish national team coach Jack Charlton, Argentine World Cup winner Osvaldo Ardiles and former Portuguese World Cup player Toni.

The New York-New Jersey Metro Stars are expected to hire ex-Cosmos coach Eddie Firmani or ex-Cosmos player Carlos Alberto.

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