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Hamilton leaves Chivas USA post
December 14th, 2010 8:21PM

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[MLS] After the departure of president and CEO Shawn Hunter and head coach Martin Vazquez, Stephen Hamilton has stepped down as vice president of soccer operations at Chivas USA.

In his three seasons with Chivas USA, Hamilton oversaw the soccer side of the club, including its youth system.
 
He had previously served as director of team services at AEG Sports, where he oversaw as many as six MLS clubs at one time.

Hamilton, whose late brother, Doug, had been the president of the Los Angeles Galaxy, also has worked for MLS and adidas.
 
“Stephen has been a great asset for Chivas USA through his three years with the team, and all of us would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication,” said Chivas USA Investor-Operator Antonio Cue. “The team accomplished a lot during his tenure, including MLS playoff appearances two out of three seasons and qualifying for SuperLiga and Concacaf Champions League. More importantly, he helped lay the groundwork that will help us far into the future, through his development of the youth program and key signings to the first team.”



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: December 15, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
    Thanks SA for the Hamilton departure. However, I am somewhat disappointed in that you failed to mention that he will remain w/Chivas as an advisory capacity while Club Adviser Jose L. Domene will assume the role of Interim GM while the search for a HC and in preparation for the MLS draft. Indeed Mr. Hamilton has been a valuable asset for the Club, however, with the departure of Hunter and Vazquez, it appears that there is some sort of house cleaning taking place, which for some is long time in coming, and for others inexcuseable to do at this time. However, Mr. Hamilton appeared to be over his head what with the selection of a HC, and thus one is left but to conjecture that Messr. Vergara, Cue want to put the coaching selection to rest, and so selecting yet another advisor in the person of Jose L. Domene may be the person who will make the rightful decisions. One would just hope that his university (Purdue/Stanford-MBA) training will translate into correct and forceful, yet community oriented front office management given the reasons for Chivas USA's existence in MLS. And BTW, both Domene and S.Sampson are Stanford alumni... Go figure! VAMOS CHIVAS!!!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: December 15, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
    @ Ric, thanks for the background insight details. It appears that there is some degreee of ongoing organizational turmoil going on with Chivas in light of the fact that they have yet to select a HC, leaving season ticket holders to wonder what is in store for the club's future. They could have made a bold move to retain Klinsmann but now that window has passed. Another move they could still do is to make the long-awaited name change a reality, Chivas Los Angeles instead of the generic "USA" (hint: most people without an agenda will still figure out that LA is a part of the USA). Finally, they need to bring in some legitimate DPs if they ever want to emerge from the shadow of the Galaxy. Also, it would be helpful if Mssrs. Vergara and Cue could use their influence within MLS to get the league to stop sabotaging the development of the USMNT (ex:supporting USSF's retention of Banal Bob and the "Team Bradley" approach) in favor of adding the technical and possession aspects of the Latin game into the US game (a much needed development IMHO).


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