Frank Klopas has been dismissed as head coach of the Montreal Impact, with assistant coach Mauro Biello set to take over on an interim basis, the club announced early Sunday morning.
Klopas took over the Impact ahead of the 2014 MLS season and initially struggled mightily. Montreal finished with a 6-18-10 record in 2014, good for 28 points and the worst record in the league. A silver lining for the season came in the Impact's performance in the 2014 Canadian Championship, which it won thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Toronto FC. That provided the stage for Klopas' most notable achievement as a coach, as Montreal went on a miracle run to the CONCACAF Champions League final before losing 5-3 on aggregate to Club America.
The Impact's Champions League journey had a negative effect the team's early-season league performance in 2015, but at the time of his firing Klopas had Montreal within one point of Orlando City in the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. It's a gap that Montreal looked likely to make up, partially because it has four games in hand in Orlando, and also because of the signing of former Chelsea star dtriker Didier Drogba to a contract in July.
With the firing, Klopas is the first MLS coach to be relieved of his duties during the 2015 season. He will be replaced, at least temporarily, by Montreal native Biello, who has been an assistant coach with the Impact since 2012. Biello also appeared in over 400 games for various incarnations of the team as a player.
Klopas finishes his Impact tenure with a 14-29-14 record.