Matkovich, 50, rejoined the Fire as an assistant coach in 2012, having previously served in the role for the club from 2009-10. The longtime Chicago-area coach played his first role with the club as the head coach of the Chicago Fire PDL from 2002-06. During his tenure, the PDL side went 79-15-4, made a trip to the 2003 North American Championship, and went undefeated (17-0-1) during the 2004 regular season. Hailing from Frankfort, IL, Matkovich spent 2011 as the Director of Coaching for the Chicago Fire Juniors-South and as an assistant coach for the club’s Academy sides.
The head coach of the U.S. Under 18 Men’s National Team from 2009-11, Matkovich previously served in assistant coaching roles with Toronto FC (2007) and with fellow Fire assistant Leo Percovich at Chivas USA (2008). Named NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2000 for his work with the Chicago Magic, Matkovich began his start in the professional game after serving as head coach of the indoor National Professional Soccer League’s Chicago Power from 1990-94, helping the team to a league championship in his first season.
Matkovich currently holds a National “A” Coaching License.