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Fraser hiring at Chivas USA announced
by Ridge Mahoney, January 4th, 2011 3:36PM

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[MLS] He won't be officially unveiled until a press conference Wednesday but RSL assistant coach Robin Fraser has been hired as head coach of Chivas USA. The team sent out press releases announcing the hiring earlier today.

Fraser, 44, has been an assistant at Real Salt Lake since July, 2007, following a 10-year (1996-2005) MLS playing career that included stints with Los Angeles, Colorado and Columbus. His hiring ends a search that began last October when Chivas USA fired Martin Vazquez after he finished his first season as head coach with a record of 8-18-4.

Team president Antonio Cue and interim general manager Jose L. Domene led the search for a new head coach, along with assistant coach Carlos Llamosa and former vice president of soccer operations Stephen Hamilton, who resigned last month but stayed on as a consultant to aid the process.

The team has been active since Vazquez's departure. Giancarlo Maldonado, Marcelo Saragosa, Alex Zotinca and Eduardo Lillingston have departed; former U.S. international Jimmy Conrad was signed out of the Re-Entry Draft and forwards Tristan Bowen and Alejandro Moreno have also been acquired.

Fraser met with team officials over the weekend and reached agreement on a contract. He spent Tuesday in further meetings and after the press conference Wednesday will travel to Ft. Lauderdale to attend the MLS Player Combine that begins Saturday.



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: January 4, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
    Well, my earlier letter about the possibilities of Chivas signing Fraser are out the window! Wonder if he will last as long as Martin Vazquez? Buena suerte Chivitos!

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: January 5, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
    I'm curious. Given Chivas historic appeal to the Hispanic community, does anybody know if Fraser is fluent in Spanish. I really have no strong feelings pro or con except that it's good to see an assistant off Kreis' staff getting a chance rather than the same tired old college coaches and Brit mafia. Hopefully this will continue a policy of looking to coaches who have played in MLS and who understand its intricacies being promoted.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: January 5, 2011 at 8:11 p.m.
    Albert Harris, you took the words right out my mind! True, while the original intent of the main Chivas Club was (still is???) to attract the huge state of Jalisco, Mexico (where the city of Guadalajara is located) fan base living in So Cal, especially from the Los Angeles area, where the chief "jefes" of Vergara and Cue have failed is to bring in coaches with little Spanish language or even an inkling of the potentially huge Chivas USA fan base. Except for Vazquez and Westerhoff,all other coaches knew little about the fan base. To further add insult to injury, some of their front office staff, e.g. the sales staff, are just as bad as the previous coaching staff, and yes including Preki and Bradley! So bottom line is that CD Chivas USA needs to send now Coach Fraser to Guadalajara for an intensive course not only in Spanish but to also learn of the potentially intense support he'll need for any kind of success and learn how to translate it to the Los Angeles Chivas fan base! Lastly, it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a sports sociologist to know that the "real" Chivas fan really do not support the Chivas USA team. Just ask around East LA, South Gate, Long Beach, and you'll soon find out! So it is now, manos a la obra y mucha y buena suerte Senor Fraser!


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