The Chicago Fire announced Thursday morning that Frank Yallop has been named its new head coach and director of soccer in a press conference held at Toyota Park.
The former Canadian international defender has won two Major League Soccer Cup Championships as a coach, and twice been named MLS Coach of the Year.
“In this league it’s all about competing and winning at a consistent level,” said Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman in an official press release. “Frank is a proven winner with a tremendous soccer pedigree as both a player and as a coach. He has won at the MLS level and coached on the interational stage. I look forward to him bringing his expertise to Chicago, not to mention a championship, as he has done in the past.”
Bruce Arena also holds both positions with MLS powerhouse Los Angeles Galaxy.
Yallop, 49, had a 13-year playing career in England, mostly with Ipswich Town of the English Premier League. The Watford, England native ended his playing career with the Tampa Bay Mutiny after two seasons from 1996-98.
After one season as the chief assistant coach for D.C. United, he was named head coach for the San Jose Earthquakes two days before the MLS SuperDraft in 2001. He acquired Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, and Dwayne DeRosario in the preseason and led San Jose to their first MLS Cup. He was named the 2001 MLS Coach of the Year and won a second MLS Cup in 2003 with the Earthquakes.
Yallop left the Earthquakes in 2003 and moved on to be the coach of Canada’s national team from 2003 to 2006. He left the post in 2006 when he was named coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy missed the playoffs in 2007 and Yallop returned to San Jose the following season.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Chicago Fire Soccer Club,” said Yallop. “The Fire has a rich tradition, great core of talent, and committed, forward-thinking leadership. I can’t wait to get to work with the Men in Red.”
Yallop was named 2012 MLS Coach of the Year after San Jose captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield with a 19-6-9 record. He left San Jose midway through the season and was the front-runner for the vacant Vancouver Whitecaps’ head coach position. In his combined 11 seasons as a MLS head coach, Yallop has complied a 117-107-84 overall record.