After three years as Real Salt Lake assistant coach, Robin Fraser has taken the helm of Chivas USA. Scott French spoke with RSL head coach
Jason Kreis, who said Fraser's departure will leave a "gigantic hole" at the club that won the 2009 MLS title.
"A lot of what made him special [at RSL] is our relationship and how we worked together," says Kreis. "I really think he saw the game a little different way than I did. I thought it was really good when were were trying to communicate with players, because players see the game in different ways. We were able to reach out to all the players in a different fashion. I felt I learned a lot from him, to hear a different opinion, [one] that has not always been yours all the time."
Kreis was a star forward in MLS while Fraser had a stellar playing career on the backline. "Robin looked over the defense, but really all the players," says Kreis. "Occasionally, he'd run [training] sessions. He did the video scouting of our opponents, and he also was in charge of all of our international-player scouting."
As for his challenge at Chivas USA: "I think he'll handle it well. Like any head coach, he probably doesn't have a full understanding of the work it's going to take. I certainly had no understanding when I [became coach at RSL]. I think I was in a very similar situation. It's going to be 18- to 20-hour days for several months to put together a group of players that are going to be to his liking."