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Chicago Fire of MLS hires Valjko Paunovic as coach

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Fire have hired Serbian Veljko Paunovic as coach to replace the fired Frank Yallop.

The 38-year-old Paunovic began coaching Serbia's under-20 team in August 2012 and led it to the FIFA U-20 World Cup championship this year with a win over Brazil in the final.

He played for 11 teams in Serbia, Spain, Germany, Russia and the United States over a 16-year career that ended with the Philadelphia Union in the MLS in 2011. Paunovic had 76 goals in 358 appearances.


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