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Chicago Fire to name Frank Yallop new head coach

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Martin MacMahon: Pressure on as Whitecaps miss out on Yallop
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Martin MacMahon: Pressure on as Whitecaps miss out on Yallop

On the same day the Chicago Fire announced the departure of head coach Frank Klopas, the team has already settled on his replacement.

The Fire will name former San Jose Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop as the team's new head coach, multiple sources confirmed to Goal on Wednesday.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise because multiple reports had Yallop as the front-runner for the Vancouver Whitecaps head coaching job. The Fire moved quickly to land Yallop, a former MLS Cup winner with the Earthquakes, after deciding not to renew Klopas' contract, which had expired.

Yallop takes over a Fire team that missed the playoffs via tie-breaker, but a squad in flux. The additions of Mike Magee and Bakary Soumare helped the Fire make a late-season playoff push, but the Fire fell short on the final day, being blown out by the New York Red Bulls.

Yallop left his position as San Jose head coach in the middle of the 2013 season amid a disappointing campaign. In 2012, he helped guide the Earthquakes to the MLS Supporters Shield.

It remains unclear who the front-runners will be for the Whitecaps coaching position now, but with a long list of candidates making around for a handful of vacant positions, the Whitecaps should have plenty of options to choose from

As for the Fire, Chicago will be hoping that Yallop can turn the Fire into a winner after four mostly disappointing seasons since a run to the 2009 Eastern Conference final, which the Fire lost in penalty kicks to eventual MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.

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