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Chivas USA dumps Vazquez
by Paul Kennedy, October 27th, 2010 11PM

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[MLS] Just four days after it concluded its MLS season, Chivas USA fired head coach Martin Vasquez.  The former U.S. and Mexico international lasted one season during which Chivas USA finished last in the Western Conference with an 8-18-4 record.

Vazquez returned to Chivas USA following the dismissal of Preki after last year's playoffs but he could not maintain the club's postseason record of reaching the final eight every year after its 2005 expansion season.

The 2010 season ended Saturday with a 4-1 loss at home to Chicago.

Vasquez  previously served as an assistant coach at the club from 2005-2007. In 2008-09, he was an assistant to Juergen Klinsmann at Bayern Munich in Germany.
 
“This was a difficult decision for our organization to make,” said Chivas USA Vice President of Soccer Operations Stephen Hamilton in a statement. “Everyone at Chivas USA has a great deal of respect for Martin, both as a person and a coach. Unfortunately, after this difficult season came to a close, we decided to move in a different direction. We all wish Martin the very best in the future.”



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: October 28, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
    Indeed a sad commentary. Coach Vazquez was dealt an empty deck when Preki was let go last year, that and the mid-season player departures, etc., one would've thought that perhaps Chivas USA read this: Vergara, Cue, Hunter, and Hamilton) would've given the guy a decent two year-contract, 'cause it doesn't take a PhD to figure it out that it takes more than just one season/year to build or rebuild a team just look at what happened in Toronto FC! What is even sadder still is that this leaves the league with I think one Latino Coach, unless Chicago handed its coach his walking papers. Everyone knows what a sham and mockery this is, but is any wonder that Chivas - with the exception of a couple of seasons - first hires someone with little or no knowledge of the target base Vergara & Co wanted to reach? At least Vazquez is the only (now "former") MLS coach hired who really and actually knows his community. So what to do now, Messrs. Vergara, Cue, Hunter and Hamilton, are you going to promote from within (Llamosa??? gads, I hope not! and I don't think that - current or is it now former - Asst. Coach Carlos Juarez is ready for prime time) or bring in De Los Cobos, or maybe even Ralph Perez (former WC and Galaxy Assistant) or - now this will create a stir! Steve Sampson? Still, the premature release of Martin Vazquez is yet another poor decision, and is it any wonder that the Club doesn't get the attention is so desperately needs, and it ain't the ticket sales, but the quality of player - and front office - personnel it hires. Face it, Chivas has the requisite fan base, but now must convice this ready-made fan base that it can produce a quality product, and that begins with a knowledgable Coach, and front office personnel that knows the community and of course good futbol!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: October 28, 2010 at 2:42 p.m.
    The next thing that needs to be done, if the ownership is smart, rehire Preki and spend some $$ on quality players to replace Bornstein, Kledjstan, Galindo, Marsch, Talley, etc. that they have lost, a DP or two wouldn't hurt either uless they want to remain perpetually as the Galaxy's doormat.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: October 29, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
    Hey, I heard "through the gapevine" that Klinsmann is still available??? And that someone, in another posting, mentioned Marsch(!?!?!?!) who was plucked from Chivas USA - by none other than Bradley - and is now a US MNT assistant coach (???) without nary a bit of coaching experience and now there are some calls to bring him in to the Chivas USA?


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