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1. Frank Klopas is joining the coaching staff at the Chicago Fire, where he has served as a player, head coach, technical director, team ambassador and broadcaster. Klopas joins the technical staff of first-year head coach Raphael Wicky. He was a member of the Fire team that won the double in its first MLS season, in 1998, and has held positions as head coach (2011-13), assistant coach (2000) and technical director (2008-11). He also spent two seasons as the Montreal Impact head coach.

2. Atlanta United's Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar and Eric Remedi have become permanent U.S. residents, freeing up three international roster slots on the MLS club's roster. Josef Martinez, Julian Gressel and Hector Villalba, who have been with the Five Stripes since their launch in 2017, also have green cards. Just four Atlanta United players under contract count as international players.

3. James O’Connor is returning to Louisville City as executive vice president of development, in charge of developing Proof Louisville FC, which will begin NWSL play in 2021, its academy system and USL League Two team. O’Connor coached LouCity for its first three seasons before becoming Orlando City head coach in 2018. He was fired after the 2019 MLS season.
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