The Fire has a well-known name to help new coach Raphael Wicky. And maybe they come closer to completing their schedule.
On Tuesday, the Fire announced that they had accepted Frank Klopas as an assistant coach. Klopas, 53, has served in multiple functions with the Fire. He ended his playing career with The Fire and was part of their MLS Cup / U.S 1998. Open Cup champions. After his retirement he was assistant coach, technical director (2008-11), head coach (2011-13) and broadcaster (2016-19).
“My heart has always been with the fire,” Klopas said in a press release. “I am honored to be a member of the staff of Raphael and am delighted about the future of the club.”
Klopas will raise awareness of the Fire and MLS as a whole. Unlike Klopas, Wicky and sports director Georg Heitz have not spent much time in MLS and North American football. Wicky’s MLS experience consists of five games in 2008 with Chivas USA, and Heitz’s role in the fire is his first brush in the competition.
Klopas is also a famous figure in football in Chicago and popular with Fire fans.
“I am very happy that Frank has joined our coaching staff,” Wicky said in a news article. “He has been an integral part of the fire from the start. His passion for the club and his knowledge of the competition will be very valuable to our employees and players. I look forward to working with him. “
With whom Wicky and Klopas work even more this season is still the question.
With training camp early Saturday, the fire did not announce a goalkeeper coach. Their selection also stands at 17 players and has no designated players.
However, according to reports from France, the fire haunts Saint-Etienne striker Robert Beric. Beric, 28, has played 20 games for the Slovenian national team and could be a replacement for Nemanja Nikolic, who left after the 2019 season.
The Fire declined to comment on Beric, who is still under contract with Saint-Etienne.
NOTE: Without Klopas and former play-by-play announcer Then Kelly, the Fire broadcast has two openings. If replacements are hired, they are not announced.