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Denis Hamlett to interview with Chivas USA
by Ridge Mahoney, December 7th, 2010 12:28AM

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[MLS] Former Chicago Fire head coach Denis Hamlett is in Los Angeles and will interview for the vacant Chivas USA job Tuesday, a source told Soccer America Monday night. Hamlett has been mentioned in various reports as a candidate for the position, along with Real Salt Lake assistant coach Robin Fraser, U.S. national team assistant coach and former Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch, former U.S. international Eric Wynalda, and former U.S. and Galaxy head coach Steve Sampson, along with several coaches currently working in Mexico.

Efforts to reach Hamlett and Chivas USA vice-president of soccer operations Stephen Hamilton Monday night were not successful. A Chivas USA spokesman contacted by telephone politely declined to comment, citing club policy in such matters.

In six seasons since beginning operations in 2005, Chivas USA has employed five head coaches: Thomas Rongen, Hans Westerhof, Bob Bradley Preki and Martin Vasquez, who found out two weeks ago his contract had been terminated after one season.

Hamlett’s regular-season record in charge of the Fire was 24-17-19. The team decided not to renew Hamlett’s contract in November of last year after he’d led the team to the Eastern Conference finals in both of his two seasons in charge. A locker-room scuffle with former defender Bakary Soumare in August, 2009, and a second straight playoff elimination prompted team officials to dismiss him and embark on a coaching search, which yielded Carlos de los Cobos. Chicago finished 9-12-9 under de los Cobos and missed the playoffs.

Hamlett, 41, has been the interim head coach at Illinois Tech, an NAIA school, since last August. The Scarlet Hawks finished the 2010 season first in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season at 9-1 before losing the final of the conference tournament, 2-1, to Saint Xavier, to wind up 14-6 overall.

A native of Puerto Limón , Costa Rica, Hamlett attended George Mason University and played professionally indoors and outdoors. He played 31 games for Colorado during the inaugural MLS season in 1996 but was forced into retirement after suffering a stroke  He joined the Fire staff as an assistant to Bradley for Chicago’s remarkable championship as an expansion team in 1998.



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: December 7, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
    Of the five possible coaches for CD Chivas USA, I'd say that the top two are Sampson and Wynalda. For the other three, to mention Marsch is a very specious and lacking in deptah (what is Mr. Hamilton thinking?) as he's barely had what? one year assisting Banality Bradley, that plus his playing stint? This does NOT a coaching experience!Fraser would be number two of the remaining three, leaving Hamlett leading the second tier candidates, but I wonder about his overall ability. Why Sampson and Wynalda? Well, duh! Who else besides Vasquez knows the So Cal area as well as they do? Of these two, Sampson is by far head and shoulders way above Waldo in terms of experience, and for those who don't know Sampson, he does have not just coaching experience, but also front office knowhow, is diplomatic as heck, and is not stuck on himself. I like Waldo, he's knowledgeable and he does have some coaching experience yet he still ranks below Sampson and Hamlett, and has more than Fraser and Marsch. And lastly, Ragin' Ridge, Vasquez knew more than just two weeks ago that he'd be shown the door, heck you should know better than to make this glaring error.


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