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Robin Fraser en route to Chivas USA?
by Ridge Mahoney, January 3rd, 2011 11:33PM

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[MLS] Numerous outlets spinning off an ESPN Deportes story Monday morning have reported that former Galaxy defender Robin Fraser is heading back to Southern California as head coach of Chivas USA.

A call to his cell phone Monday night yielded a recorded greeting and no return call. Fraser, an assistant coach at Real Salt Lake for the past 3 1/2 years, apparently emerged from a pack of candidates that included former Fire head coach Denis Hamlett, U.S. national team assistant and former Chivas midfielder Jesse Marsch, ex-U.S. international Eric Wynalda, and former Galaxy and U.S. head coach Steve Sampson.

Ex-Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also on Chivas USA’s shortlist, but whether he interviewed for the post or was offered the job before announcing his decision to stay in Colombia with Once Caldas, his current employer, hasn’t been established.

As a player Fraser earned five Best XI mentions and twice was named Defender of the Year during a 10-year career with Los Angeles, Colorado and Columbus that concluded after the 2005 season. He also played 26 times for the USA in 1988-2001.

Fraser has been a candidate for several head coaching positions in MLS -- including a previous go-round with Chivas USA -- since joining the staff of RSL head coach Jason Kreis in 2007.

If hired, Fraser will join an organization from which president and CEO Shawn Hunter and vice president of soccer operations Stephen Hamilton have resigned in the past two months.

Chivas USA fired head coach Martin Vasquez in late October after Chivas USA finished last in the Western Conference at 8-18-4.



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  1. Carl Walther
    commented on: January 4, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
    Just what Chivas needs (NOT) a ex-defender as head coach.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: January 4, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
    Whether Carl Walther "sorta of" welcomes Fraser's move to the HC gig with Chivas USA, I am of the opinion that what CD Chivas USA needs at this stage is someone who knows, understands, and is acutely familiar with the MLS, US Soccer, and international play, and not, please NOT someone who only has a "3 1/2 years as an assistant coach" and some "playing experience." Of course that person that Messrs. Vergara and Cue must extend an offer to a very well-rounded soccer person, Steve Sampson. Word in the street and around the Home Depot Center, is not too keen on the inordinate delay in hiring the next Head Coach, and it is even more strident in opposition to bringing someone who has little HC experience, in addition, word is out that the Club's bosses do not want to relinquish much authority to a person such as Sampson, who can not only coach, but has en extensive resume in soccer-related managerial skills, something the organization sorely needs something theat Hunter and Hamilton lacked. Lastly, in addition to a new coach, the bosses, Vergara and Cue will need to make some urgently serious and immediate changes in the front office, its marketing and sales department heads.


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