Pro soccer: Frank Yallop to become Monterey Bay FC head coach

MONTEREY — With one hand already entrenched in the organization in building a team from the ground up, Frank Yallop will use the other to tap into the talent he is assembling, as he was named head coach Thursday for Monterey Bay FC.

The franchise, which will debut in 2022 in the United Soccer League, will play its games at CSU Monterey Bay’s renovated Freeman Stadium.

Yallop, who was named the team’s sporting director when the franchise was announced in February, is one of the more decorated head coaches in U.S. pro soccer, having guided the San Jose Earthquakes to a pair of Major League Soccer titles.

“I’ve been honored to be a part of some incredible clubs and win at the highest levels,” Yallop said in a press release. “But few of these experiences compare to what we are building in the Monterey region.”

Yallop, 57, didn’t waste time in assembling a coaching staff, as it was announced that North Salinas High product and former Earthquakes defender Ramiro Corrales will serve as an assistant coach.

“The passion this community has for the world’s game is inspiring and humbling,” Yallop said. “I commit to build and coach a roster that reflects the community, and hope to win their respect based on both our hard word and commitment to win a championship.”

Yallop’s résumé reads like a Hall of Famer, having guided San Jose to MLS titles in 2001 and 2003, earning Coach of the Year honors both seasons. He also had head coaching tenures with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

Having spent over 40 years in professional soccer, the former Tampa Mutiny star also played in the Premier League in England for 16 years. Yallop helped build USL franchises in Phoenix and Fresno and spent last season in Las Vegas.

Corrales, who was part of the inaugural draft class of the MLS straight out of high school in 1996, played on both of San Jose’s MLS titles teams and was named the team captain under Yallop in 2010, helping them return to the postseason after a five-year absence.

An MLS All-Star in 2012, Corrales — a 2000 Olympian — became the first Earthquakes player to appear in 200 games in 2011. The defender retired in 2013 after playing in over 300 career MLS games, having had stints in Miami and New York before returning to San Jose.

Corrales, who was already on the Monterey Bay FC payroll as a technical adviser, led North Salinas to a share of a Central Coast Section soccer title in 1996. He had recently served as a player-coach for Santa Cruz Breakers FC.

Corrales became the ninth Earthquakes player to be inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Monterey Bay FC, which is still awaiting the design of its logo and crest colors, will be one of two new franchises to enter the USL in 2022.

Contributed by local news sources

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