A few weeks after ending the disappointing Robin Fraser era in Los Angeles, Chivas USA has appointed a new manager today. The Goats have hired Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, also known in the soccer world as “El Chelis,” has been named Chivas USA’s new head coach.
“Very honored, very grateful and committed to fulfill the goals of the institution,” said Sanchez Sola. “I know that with the support of the staff currently in place, my transition into MLS will be that much easier. We are going to take on this new challenge with lots of energy and aspirations.”
We are going to try to implement a more appealing style of soccer for our fans, without forgetting that we are a team that plays in the United States. We will look to appeal to both cultures while obtaining positive results for the club. I feel that Chivas USA, at some point, lost that flavor and technique with the ball that is emphasized in Mexico and Latin-America; we must re-establish that part and combine it with the MLS’ style of play.”
Sola has spent the last few years in Mexico coaching Puebla FC and more recently with Estudiantes de la UAG in 2011 and Correcaminos UAT in 2012.
During the 2006-2007 seasons, Sanchez Sola served as head coach of Puebla FC, competing in Mexico’s Primera A (Second Division), and led the club to ascend to Mexico’s Primera Division. During his time as head coach of Puebla from 2006-2010, “El Chelis” led the Camoteros to a semifinal (Clausura 2009) and later to a quarter finals (Apertura 2009). In 2010, he led Puebla to Interliga, Superliga and Bicentenario tournaments.
The 53-year old is being brought in as Chivas USA’s seventh manager since joining MLS in 2005. Chivas USA is hoping to reconnect to their Mexican roots and bringing in a Mexican manager certainly is a start for that goal.