Chivas To Snag Fraser From RSL

Chivas To Snag Fraser From RSL

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 3, 2011
  • Robin Fraser

When Juan Carlos Osorio decided to stay in Colombia instead of going back to Major League Soccer, Chivas USA was left to go back to the drawing board. It turns out they didn’t have to look too far as ESPN Deportes is reporting this morning that the club is set to name Real Salt Lake assistant coach Robin Fraser as their next head coach.

The 44-year old Fraser has been thought of as one of the top assistants in the league for the last couple years so it is no surprise why Chivas went after him. He helped build RSL’s defense into one of the best in league history this past season. If he can do that with Chivas USA they could turn into an instant playoff contender in 2011.

I think Fraser is a good fit though you have to wonder if he really likes what he is about to get into here. Chivas USA has arguably one of the worst front offices in MLS right now due to a lack of leadership and a constant turnover. They’ve lacked a real identity since day one but I do believe Fraser is the kind of guy that can change that culture surrounding their club, similar to what Preki did when he was there.

Chivas had to get their coaching situation in order before next week’s SuperDraft. Chivas has 4th pick in this year’s draft and will need to fill a lot of holes in a hurry to compete in a very crowded western conference.

  • Snag from RSL? Well considering he is the assistant coach, I don’t know if Chivas snagged anything. Its great news for Fraser and bit of a loss for RSL, but RSL has a great staff and will surely replace him with someone of quality. Rumor is that Academy director Greg Vanney might get involved.