Saturday, January 19, 2008

Armas and Klopas join Fire staff

One week after being named the Fire's new head coach, Denis Hamlett has hired Chris Armas and Mike Jeffries as his assistant coaches. Daryl Shore will stay on as the team's goalkeepers coach. Frank Klopas, a member of the 1998 team that won the MLS Cup, has been named the Fire's technical director.

Armas has no previous coaching experience but showed he was a natural born leader during his 12-year career in MLS. After announcing his retirement following the 2007 season, Armas was approached by a handful of MLS teams interested in his services.

Jeffries was an assistant coach with the Fire for three seasons between 1998-2000 before taking the Dallas head coaching job. He spent last year as an assistant coach with Duke.

Klopas most recently was a head coach with the Chicago Storm. Even though he interviewed for the Fire's head coaching job last month, he has always had his eye on a technical director position with the team.


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