CHICAGO (CBS / AP) – The Chicago Fire has a new head coach.
Ezra Hendrickson was hired on Wednesday. He takes over after having been a national and international coach for more than 15 years.
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Hendrickson had spent three seasons with the Columbus Crew, which won the MLS title last year.
With Fire, he succeeds Frank Klopas, who became interim coach in September when coach Raphaël Wicky was sacked after seven wins, 15 losses and six draws. The Fire finished with nine wins, 18 losses and seven draws, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
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Hendrickson, 49, was a defenseman in MLS with the MetroStars in New York (1997), LA Galaxy (1997-2003), Dallas Burn (2003), DC United (2004), Chivas USA (2005-06) and Columbus (2006) – 08).
He was Seattle assistant from 2009 to 2014, then coached Seattle Sounders 2 third tier in 2015-16 and second tier in 2017.
Henderson was an assistant coach from his hometown of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and he spent 2018 as an assistant with the LA Galaxy.
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