Complete List Of Chicago Fire FC Head Coaches In Order

List Of Chicago Fire FC Head Coaches In Order

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Established in 1997, Chicago Fire FC quickly became a significant entity within Major League Soccer (MLS). Throughout its history, the club has seen an array of coaches, each bringing their unique approach and football philosophy to the team. From their first kick in the MLS in 1998, the Fire has had its ups and downs, but it has consistently showcased the vibrancy of soccer in the Midwest. The following list sheds light on the coaching lineage of this esteemed club.

1 – Bob Bradley (1998–2002)

Born in 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey. As a player, Bradley did not have a professional playing career but went on to become a renowned coach. Before joining Chicago Fire, he coached the Princeton University men’s soccer team (1984-1995). Following his stint with the Fire, he went on to lead the MetroStars (2003–2005), Chivas USA (2006), U.S. Men’s National Team (2006–2011), Stabæk (2014–2015), Le Havre (2015–2016), Swansea City (2016), and Los Angeles FC (2018–present).

2 – Dave Sarachan (2002–2007)

Born in 1954 in Rochester, New York. While his professional playing career was not prolific, Sarachan made appearances for the Rochester Lancers (1976) and the Pennsylvania Stoners (1979–1980). He later coached the U.S. Men’s National Team as an assistant (1999-2002) and as a caretaker (2017–2018). He also assisted at LA Galaxy (2008–2016) and became head coach for North Carolina FC (2019–present).

3 – Juan Carlos Osorio (2007)

Born in 1961 in Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia. As a player, Osorio had a brief career with Deportivo Pereira. He would later coach Millonarios (2006-2007), New York Red Bulls (2007–2008), Once Caldas (2010–2011), Puebla (2011–2012), and the Mexico National Team (2015–2018).

4 – Denis Hamlett (2008–2009)

Born in 1969 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. Hamlett played for the Colorado Rapids (1996–1997). As a coach, besides his tenure at Chicago Fire, he was an assistant at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2011) and became the sporting director for the New York Red Bulls (2017–present).

5 – Carlos de los Cobos (2010–2011)

Born in 1958 in San Salvador, El Salvador. De los Cobos represented El Salvador as a player. He later coached the El Salvador National Team (2006–2009).

6 – Frank Klopas (2011–2013)

Born in 1966 in Prosymni, Greece. Klopas played for the Chicago Sting (1984–1988), AEK Athens (1988–1995), and the Chicago Fire (1998–1999). He later became an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire (2000–2002) and then the head coach for the Montreal Impact (2014–2015).

7 – Veljko Paunović (2015–2019)

Born in 1977 in Strumica, North Macedonia. He played for Partizan (1994–1995, 2007–2008), Atlético Madrid (1996–1999), Mallorca (2001–2005), and other clubs. Paunović also coached the Serbia U20 team (2014–2015).

8 – Raphael Wicky (2020–2021)

Born in 1977 in Leuggern, Switzerland. Wicky’s playing career includes stints at Sion (1993–1997), Werder Bremen (1997–2001), and Hamburger SV (2001–2007). As a coach, before joining Chicago Fire FC, he led the Basel U21 (2015–2017) and the US U-17 Men’s National Team (2019–2020).

9 – Frank Klopas  (2021)

Born on September 1, 1966.

10 – Ezra Hendrickson (2021-2023)

Born on January 16, 1972

11- Frank Klopas (2023)

See number nine.

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