Goalkeeping coach Aron Hyde will return to the Fire for a fifth season, the team announced Thursday. Hyde, 30, will work under new head coach Frank Yallop, who takes over for Frank Klopas.
“Aron is a knowledgeable, talented and well-respected coach,” fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said in a press release. “He has been instrumental in the development of Sean Johnson, one of the brightest young American talents, and we know he will continue to be integral to strengthening our overall goalkeeping corps.”
Hyde joined the Fire in 2010. He has also held coaching positions with the University of Washington, Seattle University and Emerald City FC.
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Last season goaltender Sean Johnson had a 1.39 GAA and 93 saves. Johnson is currently in the hunt for the third goaltending spot on the US National Team for this summer's FIFA World Cup.
“A big thing was to clear my mind, making sure I came in with an open mind on everything,” Yallop told Chicago-Fire.com. “Through the process, I spoke to several candidates with Aron being one of them. As we went through it, I came to the conclusion that Aron still fit in very well with what we’re doing and so the decision was clear.”