Chicago Fire part with coach Veljko Paunovic after four seasons


Veljko Paunovic (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire have parted with coach Veljko Paunovic after four seasons.

The 42-year-old Serbian was 41-58-37 with Chicago along with one playoff appearance. He was let go after leading the Fire to a 10-12-12 mark this season. Paunovic took over for the fired Frank Yallop after leading Serbia’s under-20 team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup championship in 2015.

The Fire announced the move Wednesday. Assistant coaches Marko Mitrovic and Eric Gehrig, goalkeeper coach Aleksandar Saric and other staff were also let go.

The Major League Soccer team is moving from SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview to Chicago’s Soldier Field next season. Owner Joe Mansueto recently purchased full control of the team.

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