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Chicago Fire part ways with coach Raphael Wicky

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The Chicago Fire parted ways with coach Raphael Wicky on Thursday.

Chicago (7-15-6, 27 points) is in 12th place and 12 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Division with six games to play on the regular season.

Assistant coach Frank Klopas, previously the club’s head coach from 2011-13, will lead the team on an interim basis. Goalkeeper coach Adin Brown will remain in his job, and Chicago will appoint an interim assistant coach for the rest of the season, the team said.

Klopas has been with the organization since 1998 and filled a variety of jobs.

“I’d like to thank Rapha for his tireless efforts to make us a better Club each day,” Fire sporting director Georg Heitz said in a statement. “We felt this was the right time to notify him that we will not be exercising his 2022 contract option, as we begin to make decisions for next season. Rapha will always be a part of the Fire family, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

The Fire hired Wicky as their ninth full-time head coach on Dec. 27, 2019. The 44-year-old from Switzerland finishes with a 12-25-14 record.

Chicago will face Toronto FC on the road on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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