CHICAGO (AP) — Former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop was hired Thursday as the new head coach and director of soccer for the Chicago Fire.
The 49-year-old Yallop replaces Frank Klopas, who was fired Tuesday after New York eliminated the Fire from the MLS playoff race for the third time in the last four seasons.
San Jose fired Yallop, a native of England, midway through the season after the Earthquakes opened 3-6-6. He was coach of the year in 2012 in his second stint with San Jose. In his first stint, the Earthquakes won the MLS Cup twice in a three-year span.
Klopas, a Chicago native, replaced Carlos de Los Cobos early in the 2011 season. Chicago made the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to Houston.
Yallop is 117-107-84 in 11 seasons with San Jose and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also coached the Canadian national team, leading it to the third round of World Cup qualifying. A defender, he played for Ipswich Town for 13 years and joined Tampa Bay of the MLS in 1996.
He will also replace Javier Leon as the Fire's general manager. Leon and Klopas had worked together in the front office for the last six seasons.