December 26, 2010
THE YEAR’S TOP STORIES - #6
One and done for Vasquez
Martin Vasquez’s departure as coach of Chivas USA after one disappointing season is #6 on the LA Soccer News list of the top ten local stories of 2010.
|Martin Vasquez lasted only one season as coach of Chivas USA.
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The Goats struggled to an 8-14-4 league record under Vasquez, who had been the team’s assistant coach from 2005-07, before spending the 2008-09 season in Germany as assistant to Juergen Klinsmann at Bayern Munich. The lone bright spot of the season was making it to the semifinals of the US Open Cup.
Vásquez joins a long list of former Chivas USA coaches, including Preki and current U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley, who was the only one of six previous coaches that was not fired or otherwise relieved of his duties.
Preki had the longest tenure of any of the previous coaches, serving three seasons and winning the coach of the year award in 2007, his first year as a professional coach. He parted ways with the team at the end of 2009 by mutual agreement, when his contract expired.
Thomas Rongen, the team’s first coach was fired ten games into the team inaugural season. Javier Ledesma took over on an interim basis before being replace by Hans Westerhof who was brought in from Chivas de Guadalajara. Westerhof was replaced by Bradley, who left after being named coach of the year to become at the time, interim coach of the U.S. National Team.