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'El Chelis:' 'I'm paying for my excess of stupidity'
May 30th, 2013 12:51AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Juan Luis Sanchez Sola, aka "El Chelis," the colorful coach appointed to lead new-look (old-look?) Chivas USA this season, was fired on Wednesday evening.

"El Chelis" led Chivas USA to a 3-1-1 start, but the Goats are winless in their last seven games and have lost four league games in a row to fall into the Western Conference cellar.

The Mexican coach went so far as to say after a recent loss to Real Salt Lake his players were doing their best but that they were simply overmatched.

Chivas USA finished last in the Western Conference in 2012, and it moved back to its roots, cutting ties with most of its non-Mexican players. But unlike in its early days, Chivas USA has chosen not to bring in any Mexican stars.

"El Chelis" was left with the cheapest team in MLS, blaming part of the club's budget problems on having to eat some of the salaries of the players it unloaded.

Even though he spoke of a dysfunctional club at which he rarely heard from top management, he took responsibility.

"I'm paying for my excess of stupidity," he said on the ESPN Deportes radio show "Jorge Ramos y su banda."

Chivas USA, in a bizarrely written release, said "El Chelis" had "had at his disposal a competitive team with the institutional premise of a formal interaction, based in communication in which the club listened to his petitions to incorporate players approved by him. However, he was not able to reflect it with results. While serving as Chivas USA head coach, Sanchez Sola not always followed the patterns of respect and conduct implemented by Major League Soccer, as well as by Chivas USA."

Jose Luis Real, the sporting development director at Chivas Guadalajara, will take over as head coach.

The exit of Chivas USA's head coach came a day after the club was sued by two former academy coaches, Dan Calichman and Ted Chronopoulos, who charged they were let go as part of a move to rid the organization of non-Mexicans.



7 comments
  1. David Quinn
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 8:22 a.m.
    Thank you Chivas USA for paving your way to Orlando. :-) Get rid of this dysfunctional mess NOW!

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.
    Got to admit that if there is any franchise that could benefit from new management and relocation, this seems to be the one.

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.
    Chelis should be in the league in some capacity. I think he would do wonders with teams not without talent but burdened with sub-par coaching. I'm looking at you Chicago, Columbus , and especially Philly......

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
    Thank you David Sirias, for pointing out that it isn't just the Chivas with similar problems. The Club's ownership, Mr. & Mrs. Vergara, MUST take a very careful look at itself and (hopefully) realize that the organization MUST conform to its location and get off his high "caballo," lest MLS takes over the team, which I heard is in (MLS's) radar! As for the suit by the Calichman and Chronopoulos, meme\ory tells me that several years ago Chivas also let go of several Mexican and non Mexican coaches, one who now serves as an assistant to the US MNT. Now was Fraser also let go because of his ethnicity?

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
    I would most certainly need to read the Chivas' "bizarrely written release" in Spanish because while I do agree that it reads kinda weird, whoever translated the release did a poor job. As an experienced translator/interpreter to me it it is fairly obvious that it was written in Spanish first but in English it reads like a literal translation.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
    Ric - please look past race and admit that Chivas clearly, as stated by their owner, is selecting and firing people based on ethnicity. It would go a long way to show people that you are a rational person and not blinded by the ethnic group you dearly cherish. This one is so obvious I think even you can see it.

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: May 31, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.
    Chivas USA is a joke, thanks Vergara. Hope you are not around in a couple of months.


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