Chicago Fire hire Frank Yallop as new coach

Chicago Fire hire Yallop as new coach

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop has been hired 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.

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