Less than 24 hours after Frank Klopas and Javier Leon left similar positions with the Chicago Fire, Frank Yallop has been hired as head coach and director of soccer. Yallop has much MLS coaching experience, and should fill the void left by Klopas’ firing.
In addition to coaching in MLS with both the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy, Yallop coached the Canadian national team from 2004 to 2006. Moreover, Yallop steered the Earthquakes to the 2012 Supporters’ Shield and earned his second MLS Coach of the Year award, and was fired part way through the 2013 season. The Canadian native is excited for this opportunity with Chicago.
With his experience, Yallop has been a proven winner, which is something Chicago ownership apparently wanted with Klopas’ firing.
“In this league, it’s all about competing and winning at a consistent level,” Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman said in a club statement. “Frank is a proven winner with a tremendous soccer pedigree as both a player and as a coach. He has won at the MLS level and coached on the international stage.”
With Yallop now with a new squad, some MLS teams will be disappointed that they couldn’t nab him to run their own teams. The Vancouver Whitecaps were reported to have strong interest in Yallop after firing their head coach. With Yallop under the helm, it will be interesting to see what changes the new coach brings to the Chicago Fire this season.
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