Sources: Juan Carlos Osorio to coach
LOS ANGELES -- Juan Carlos Osorio, a former head coach for the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls who has been coaching in Colombia, will become the new coach for Chivas USA, multiple sources, including a club official, confirmed Wednesday to ESPN Los Angeles.
Chivas USA officials plan to make an announcement after Christmas. The team had been forced to wait until the close of the Colombian season, which ended last weekend.
Osorio, a Colombian-born coach who was educated in the U.S. and received much of his coaching education while serving as conditioning coach at Manchester City in the English Premier League in 2001-06, last weekend won the Colombian championship with Once Caldas.
The other finalists for the Chivas job, the sources say, were Real Salt Lake assistant coach Robin Fraser, a former star defender for the Galaxy and other clubs, and Denis Hamlett, who succeeded Osorio as head coach of the Fire.
Martin Vasquez was dismissed in late October after Chivas finished last in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
Antonio Cue, Chivas USA's managing partner and president, and interim general manager Jose L. Domene were in Mexico and unavailable for comment.
Scott French writes the Football Futbol Soccer blog for ESPNLosAngeles.com.