Frank Yallop was named Head Coach and Director of Soccer on Oct. 31, 2013. The Watford, England and Canadian international defender joins the Fire with two MLS Cup championships and two MLS Coach of the Year honors to his credit.
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.
The 49-year-old began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant for the Project-40 team’s five-game tour of England. Prior to the 1999 season, he became an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Mutiny. The following season Yallop was named chief assistant coach for D.C. United.
In 2001 Yallop earned his first head coaching position when he took over the reigns of the San Jose Earthquakes. In his first season in charge, Yallop earned his first MLS Coach of the Year award when he lead his side to the 2001 MLS Cup where they defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1.
Yallop captured his second MLS Cup in 2003 with a 4-2 victory over the Fire at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Following the 2003 season, Yallop stepped down as the Earthquakes head coach to become head coach of the Canadian National Team, where he lead Canada to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.
After two years with Canada, Yallop rejoined MLS when he was named head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy in June 2006.
Yallop returned to the Earthquakes in 2008 when the side returned to the Bay Area.
In his combined eleven seasons as a MLS head coach, Yallop compiled a 117-107-84 overall record. Yallop is fifth overall in MLS history with 117 wins.
Yallop had a distinguised 16-year playing career in England and MLS prior to joining the coaching ranks. In 1983, Yallop made his professional debut with Ipswich Town, where he went on to make 385 appearances across all competitions for the English side, scoring nine goals in his 13-year career with The Blues.
A defender by trade, Yallop joined MLS in 1996 when he signed with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, where he made 88 apperances across three seasons, earning the Mutiny’s Defender of the Year award in 1997 and 1998.
Yallop made his international debut in 1990 and went on to earn 52 caps for the Canadian Men’s National Team.
Born in Watford, England, Yallop grew up in New Westminster, B.C.
He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Jack and Samuel.