Last week the Chicago Fire came up short in the finals of the US Open Cup. It was a tough loss for the team, and for their interim head coach, Frank Klopas. Klopas was a Fire player when they won “the double”--the MLS title and the US Open Cup--in 1998.
But Klopas and Chicago soccer go back even farther: He played for the Sting at the age of 18 and played his high school ball at Mather High School, where the team won the city championship his senior year.
Eight Forty-Eight's Jason Marck recently caught up with Klopas to talk about the team’s chances of making the playoffs. But Klopas began by comparing today’s local soccer scene with what it was like when he was growing up.