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Another MLS manager out: Chivas USA’s Robin Fraser

Nov 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

Brad Knighton, Jay DeMerit, Juan Agudelo

When a manager takes over at Chivas USA, we all just turn the hour glass over and wait for the sand to run out.

Yes, you could say that about most managers in most sports, but the pox is especially pronounced at Chivas USA, where one man after another has attempted to arrest the dysfunction of a franchise that refuses to figure out what it wants to be.

Robin Fraser, well-liked and well-respected in the professional soccer community, is the latest head coach to lose his job at Chivas USA.

Not that we didn’t see this coming. Fraser’s record at Chivas (15-32-21) was hardly distinguished. Recently, the club went through an ownership re-shuffle, which coincided roughly with some changes in the mother ship’s top-level structure at Chivas de Guadalajara.

So, Fraser had “dead man walking” status through the last month or so of the regular season.

The question is, can anybody win there? Competitive resources are scarce, the team has always lacked an organizational identity, they play as the second tenant inside Home Depot Center and the fans … well, the club certainly has some devoted supporters, but let’s just say there certainly are not enough of them.

It really must be a maddeningly difficult place to win. Bob Bradley and Preki came closest, each of them taking the Goats to the playoffs, although the franchise remains on the hunt for its first post-season series win. That’s not saying much for a club that’s been around now since 2005.

  1. sdbeisbol - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    They should just move to San Diego and get it over with (come’s a Chivas USA article…there HAS to be a “move Chivas USA” comment lol)

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Please MLS, admit your mistake to allow an expansion team like Chivas USA was simply a cheap way for “instant” success. Now you realize football/soccer fans are not easily fooled into any sneaky tactics and they will come. Chivas USA has become the stepchild of the league…put their misery to rest and the sooner that happens the faster we’ll forget about a team which never was.

  3. danielofthedale - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I am not high on the hopes of the next manager for Chivas USA. I mean the talent is not that great and who knows how much damage Dan Kennedy’s psyche took after this season. Until the top of the organization gets settled out and define what they want and how they expect to win this team is always going to be TFC west. Or is Toronto just Chivas USA East?

    Also, do you think Robin will ever get another shot to manage in MLS? He always seemed like a really good good soccer mind and you can’t hold the mess that Chivas is against right? And would any young, up and coming manager candidate want this job seeing how bad the organization is?

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