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Former Fire forward, head coach and Ring of Fire member Frank Klopas will be among those recognized by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame during the 22nd annual induction ceremony at Wintrust Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This year’s inductees include 10 outstanding individuals who make Chicago a world-class sports town.


A Chicago soccer icon, Klopas returned to his hometown in advance of the 1998 season and led the Fire to the double, helping the club to the 1998 MLS Cup in a 2-0 win over D.C. United before scoring the golden goal days later in a 2-1 extra time victory over the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup final. Klopas served as the Fire’s head coach from 2011-13. A U.S. international, Klopas scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for the senior National Team and represented the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympics, the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1995 Copa America tournaments.


Klopas, who since 2016 has served as the club's matchday broadcast analyst, was inducted into the club’s Ring of Fire in 2004.


For more information on the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the 2018 class of honorees, visit ChicagolandSportsHallofFame.com.