- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 7, 2010
- 4 Comments
- Denis Hamlett, Eric Wynalda, Jesse Marsch, Robin Fraser, Steve Sampson
The 2010 season for Chivas USA wasn’t really a disaster but it was certainly a disappointment for a club that had seen the playoffs and success the previous few seasons before it. With Martin Vasquez gone the club has to go into a new direction and get someone who can get the club headed where the team needs to go.
MLSSoccer.com had a nice breakdown of the rumored candidates for the opening with Chivas USA earlier today. For those who don’t know the guys rumored to be in the running are former Chicago Fire boss Denis Hamlett, former Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch, current Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser, former US Men’s National team striker Eric Wynalda and former USMNT boss Steve Sampson.
All good and qualified candidates in their own right if you ask me.
On paper it seems like Sampson or Hamlett would be good fits based on their coaching experience. Sure Hamlett didn’t do all that well in Chicago but a change of scenery can always do something good to a person. We all know that Fraser is thought of as one of the league’s top assistants so getting him would be pretty big for the club and for Fraser.
The more I look at this the more I lean towards wanting to see someone like Marsch or Wynalda get the gig. I know my friends in Salt Lake will be happy with that as it means they get to keep Fraser, who will get a head coaching gig before long you can count on that.
Wynalda or Marsch present different and unique approches to the position. Both would bring a different sort of passion to the team that is needed. Wynalda could give the club a certain buzz that has been lacking for years now while Marsch knows the club well and could inject his tempered personality onto the team. But the risk is there with both as neither have had any real head coaching experience. Wynalda for the most part really has no solid coaching experience to speak of as it is.
This club needs a good shot in the arm no matter which way you look at it. They have a decent young core of players in Blair Gavin, Jesus Padilla, and Justin Braun. With a fairly high draft pick in next month’s SuperDraft (they have the 4th overall pick) they stand to get another quality young player.
A lot needs to happen to change this club but getting the right coach for a change will be huge. I know Wynalda is a risk and Marsch may not want to leave his current post as an assistant to Bob Bradley with the USMNT but each are guys the team has to look at here. The club can’t settle for a coach like they and others in the league have before. In this growing league you have to be willing to take a chance every now and then and going after one of these two guys would be just that.
So who would you want as the next Chivas USA coach? Someone like Marsch who knows the club? Someone like Wynalda? Or someone with a bit more experience?