Class of 2018
Frank Klopas

Frank Klopas is a Chicago soccer icon. He emigrated to the United States from Prosymna, Peloponnese, Greece, when he was eight years old and received U.S. citizenship on his 18th birthday. He and his family settled in Chicago, where he attended and played boys’ soccer at Mather High School, which he led to the Chicago Public League championship his senior year. In 1983, he signed with the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League straight out of high school. Klopas would play for the Sting in the MISL for four seasons. He earned second-team All-Star honors during the 1986-1987 season. In 1988, Klopas moved to Greece to play with AEK Athens FC. He played four seasons with the team. In 1992, Klopas signed a contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation to play full-time for the United States men’s national soccer team. After the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Klopas returned to Greece and signed with Apollon Athens in 1994 for the remainder of the 1994-1995 season, as well as the 1995-1996 season. He debuted with Apollon against his former Greek club, AEK Athens FC. Frank Klopas returned to his hometown of Chicago 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 that year’s U.S. Open Cup final at Soldier Field. Klopas served as the Fire head coach from 2011-13 and in the same capacity for the Montreal Impact from 2014-15. A U.S. international, Klopas scored 12 goals in 39 appearances and represented the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympics, the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the 1995 Copa America tournaments. Klopas is now in his third season serving as the Fire’s color analyst on ESPN+ broadcasts. Klopas lives in Chicago with his wife, Sophia.

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