[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The hiring of Dennis te Kloese as sporting president for both Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara is
the best news to come out of the MLS club since Jorge Vergara took control with the stated intention to return it to its roots as a Mexican-American club.
Perhaps no one has more knowledge of the Mexican-American player market than the Dutchman.
Te Kloese previously served as a scout for Chivas de Guadalajara and Chivas USA’s soccer director.
As director of Tigres' youth academy, he brought many young Mexican-Americans to Monterrey. Juan Pablo Ocegueda is training with the U.S. under-20 national team. Victor Garza, 20, has been on the fringe of the Tigres' first team in Mexico for more than a year, while others like cousins Moises Orozco and Emilio Orozco have returned home.
Te Kloese was most recently general coordinator of the Mexican soccer federation’s national youth teams, a position in which he was still on the lookout for Mexican-Americans, traveling to the United States to scout players. Uvaldo Luna, who is also at Tigres, is one of the players who has played for both U.S. and Mexican youth teams. Julio Cesar Morales, who moved from San Jose to Chivas de Guadalajara in 2011, is currently playing on Mexico's U-20s with Luna.
It remains to be seen how te Kloese with split his time between Chivas USA and the underachieving Chivas de Guadalajara.
New Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez has no experience in MLS. The only returning coaches from last year's staff are assistant coach Carlos Llamosa and goalkeeper coach Daniel Gonzalez.