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Frank Yallop named Fire’s new coach

Chicago Fire soccer club owner Andrew Hauptman left introduces Frank Yallop as team's new head coach news conference Thursday Oct.

Chicago Fire soccer club owner Andrew Hauptman, left, introduces Frank Yallop as the team's new head coach at a news conference Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Updated: October 31, 2013 11:29AM

The Chicago Fire has named Frank Yallop its new head coach and director of soccer, the team announced on Thursday.

Yallop, a Watford, England native, has won two MLS Cup Championships as a coach, and has twice been named MLS Coach of the Year.

“In this league it’s all about competing and winning at a consistent level,” Fire owner Andrew Hauptman said. “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.”

Yallop, 49, most recently served as head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. In his second stint with the Earthquakes he was named 2012 MLS Coach of the Year after the Earthquakes captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield with a 19-6-9 record, repeating the title he won there in 2001. In his combined 11 seasons as a MLS head coach, Yallop compiled a 117-107-84 overall record, the fifth most wins in MLS history.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Chicago Fire Soccer Club,” Yallop said. “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.”

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