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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- With the Chicago Fire off to their worst start in franchise history, the team fired head coach Carlos de los Cobos on Monday.
De los Cobos' squad has posted a 1-4-6 record this year and is in the midst of a nine-game stretch without a victory, tying for the longest winless streak in team history.
Fire technical director Frank Klopas takes over as interim head coach. Klopas was a coaching possibility following the 2009 season, but the squad eventually decided on de los Cobos as its next head coach heading into the 2010 campaign to replace Denis Hamlett.
The Fire posted a 10-16-15 record during de los Cobos' tenure, and Chicago missed the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history in 2010. Chicago is second-to-last in the Eastern Conference through a third of the 2011 season, and the team's postseason hopes already are fading as the Fire nurse a double-digit points deficit behind the East-leading Philadelphia Union.
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