CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH FRANK KLOPAS TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNET’S MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, “INSIDE LOOK”
“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan & featuring Frank Klopas to debut Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM
CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips
Chicago, IL (February 6, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.
Debuting Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago soccer icon/head coach of MLS’ Chicago Fire FRANK KLOPAS. Klopas, who helped the expansion Fire win MLS Cup & U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998 as a player, took over the reigns as head coach last season and delivered a 17-win season, the team’s highest number of victories since 2000. Klopas discusses everything from leaving his native Greece at the age of eight and moving to Chicago, winning a title in the team’s first year, the challenge of becoming a head coach in the MLS, the growing popularity of the MLS and much more.
In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Frank Klopas on the following dates/times: Wed, Feb. 13 at 11pm - Fri, Feb. 15 at 3pm - Sat, Feb. 16 at 9pm & Wed, Feb. 20 at 9:30pm. (Schedule subject to change)
Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Frank Klopas presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, February 7 on Comcast SportsNet:
KLOPAS on leaving his post as Fire Technical Director to take over as Head Coach in 2011:
“It’s not something that I was looking for at that time, because everyone in the organization did everything we could to make sure at that time that our coach, Carlos De Los Cobos, was successful, but when things were not going well, we made the change and I was asked about the opportunity to step in. I just felt that the transition would be the smoothest because I knew the players and the environment, I knew everyone here.”
KLOPAS on being a member of the Fire expansion club of 1998, winning both the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup:
“We had a lot of great players, but I think everyone’s main focus was the team…they did everything for the success of the team and that was the great thing about that team. We had some big egos, but I think everybody kind of brought those egos, and their energy and their focus to make sure they did everything they could for the success of the team.”
KLOPAS on the growing popularity of Major League Soccer in the United States:
“I think we’ve come obviously a long way in a short time, and we have a long way to go. It’s very difficult when you’re talking about other sports that have been around for 100 years, so the good thing is that there’s a very solid foundation which wasn’t there before. You talk about the grass roots and the amount of kids that are playing the sport today…the numbers do not lie.
“I think in this country sometimes, everybody wants everything overnight, and it takes time. I think that there’s a good business plan in place, a good group of owners that are behind it for the long term, and it’s going to take some time, but that time is in our hand.”
KLOPAS on being inspired by his mother:
“In 27 years…in 27 years, she never missed one day of work, not even a sick day, and I know there were many days where she could’ve stayed behind. So…I look at where I am today, and the opportunities I’ve had and to be doing something that I love doing, so for me, every time I want to complain, I put on the board “27” and I always look at that and I’m saying ‘I have nothing to complain about.”