It didn’t take long for the Chicago Fire to move on from Frank Klopas. The Windy City side announced Thursday morning the hire of Frank Yallop as its new head coach and director of soccer.
The Canadian international defender has won two MLS Cup Championships as a coach, and has twice been named MLS Coach of the Year.
Yallop, 49, most recently served as head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. In his second stint with the Earthquakes he was named 2012 MLS Coach of the Year after the Earthquakes captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield with a 19-6-9 record, repeating the title he won there in 2001. In his combined 11 seasons as a MLS head coach, Yallop compiled a 117-107-84 overall record, the fifth most wins in MLS history.
Placing Yallop as both the head coach and the director of soccer (whatever that actually means) is a risky move for the Fire. Some would say it is a little too safe given how the club has been built these last few years by Klopas. Others may think giving Yallop that much power is also a risk. Either way you spin it, it certainly is an interesting move by the Fire. Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman is looking to build a winner in Chicago and it certainly could happen with Yallop. He may just need to be patient for Yallop’s system to take shape there.