Chicago Fire Eyeing Crew Assistant Ezra Hendrickson as Next Head Coach

Ezra Hendrickson in 2018
Ezra Hendrickson in 2018. Photo by Maria Lysaker/CSM/Shutterstock (9664536y)

The Chicago Fire have found their next head coach. According to multiple reports, the MLS side is set on giving the job to Columbus Crew assistant Ezra Hendrickson.

Reportedly, the two sides have an agreement in principle with only finer details and paperwork standing in between Hendrickson’s appointment.

The Chicago Fire have been searching for their next head coach after firing Raphael Wicky in September following a series of disappointing results. Frank Klopas, who served as an assistant under Wicky, took over on an interim basis and finished the season at number 12 in the Eastern Conference.

Several names have been linked with Fire’s vacancy, with the team reportedly wanting someone familiar with the league. Other candidates included USMNT legend Landon Donovan and LAFC assistant coach Ante Razov.

Ezra Hendrickson has longtime experience in Major League Soccer, having been part of the league for more than two decades. As a player, he spent more than a decade playing in the MLS for teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United.

After retiring from professional soccer in 2008, he turned to coaching and took on the assistant role with the Seattle Sounders FC. He spent 10 years with the franchise before embarking on stints with the Galaxy and the Crew.