[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 presidentAntonio 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 andEduardo Lillingston have departed; former U.S. international Jimmy Conrad was signed out of the Re-Entry Draft and forwards Tristan Bowen and Alejandro Morenohave 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.