[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.