Frank Klopas has officially been named the permanent head coach of the Chicago Fire, removing the interim tag he held during a relatively successful stint this year. The Fire were 8-5-10 and qualified for the U.S. Open Cup final under his stewardship. Klopas will also retain his title as the team's technical director, a position he has held since 2008.
"This is my team, my city, my club," Klopas said in a team release. "I am extremely thankful to the Fire organization and our owner, Andrew Hauptman, for giving me this tremendous opportunity to lead my hometown side as we look to compete for both the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup."
In addition to his time in the front office, Klopas was also a player for the Fire. He scored six goals in 45 games from 1998-1999. Klopas also played and coached for the United States national team, picking up 39 caps and scoring 12 goals.
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