Chivas USA names Robin Fraser coach

Updated: January 5, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Scott French | Special To

LOS ANGELES -- Chivas USA has a head coach.

The Goats announced Tuesday afternoon that Robin Fraser, a former Galaxy star who has been an assistant coach at Real Salt Lake since July 2007, will guide the team in 2011.

Fraser, 44, one of the most respected assistant coaches in Major League Soccer, becomes the sixth head coach in Chivas USA history. The club has been seeking a head coach since Martin Vasquez was dismissed in late October after refusing to demote one of his assistants. The Goats finished last in the Western Conference with an 8-18-4 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since their inaugural season, in 2005.

Fraser, who will be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday, is expected to appoint Greg Vanney, his former teammate with the Galaxy and the U.S. national team, as his top assistant.

A five-time MLS Best XI selection and two time MLS Defender of the Year, Fraser was hired after former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio turned down an offer to return to MLS, choosing to remain in charge of Colombian champion Once Caldas.

Fraser was hired by Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis after serving two seasons as the team's analyst on television broadcasts and a year as coach of RSL-Arizona's under-17 team. The Jamaica-born, Miami-raised center back starred for the Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew in a 10-year MLS career and played 26 times for the U.S. national team from 1988 through 2001.

Vanney, 36, is director of soccer for the RSL-Arizona youth development academy in Casa Grande, Ariz. He played 37 times for the national team and was set to go to the 2002 World Cup roster before suffering a knee injury in the Americans' final pre-Cup tuneup.

Chivas' previous head coaches: Thomas Rongen (2005), Hans Westerhof (2005), Bob Bradley (2006), Preki (2007-09) and Vasquez (2010).

Scott French writes the "Football Futbol Soccer" blog for