The Chicago Fire have named former Columbus Crew assistant Ezra Hendrickson to be the team’s next coach.
The Fire had been without a manager since Raphael Wicky’s sacking on September 30. Chicago finished the season 12th in the 14-team Eastern Conference, 14 points off the seventh and last place in the playoffs.
The 2021 campaign marked the eighth time in the past nine seasons that the Fire have failed to make the playoffs. Hendrickson will be the 10th full-time coach in the team’s history.
“We have to be a team to achieve our goals,” Hendrickson said in a press release. “To the Fire faithful, I know we have a lot of work ahead of us to bring the club back to its era of MLS domination.”
As a player, Hendrickson spent most of his career with the LA Galaxy, where he played from 1997 to 2003. He also spent time in MLS with the MetroStars (the precursor to the New York Red Bulls), the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), DC United, Chivas USA and the Columbus Crew. In total, he played 298 MLS and playoff games with 28 goals and 33 assists.
Internationally, Hendrickson has made 36 appearances for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.