Hiring Veljko Paunovic was less about where soccer sits today and more about where it appears to be headed.
Expect the new Fire coach, called "Pauno" by everyone around the team, to feature multiple formations and tactical styles and to ask his players to play several positions. Soon, he says, soccer's best teams will have a wide-ranging mastery of skill.
Paunovic and the Fire begin the MLS season Sunday against New York City FC at Toyota Park.
"Our style of play is going to be adaptable," Paunovic said. "We have to learn and understand very well all the aspects of the game, which means from the technical and tactical to the mental and...