Source: Preki out, Vasquez in as Chivas USA coach
LOS ANGELES (
Chivas USA, despite making the playoffs for a fourth year in a row, failed yet again to advance out of the first round, falling to the Los Angeles Galaxy this past weekend by a penalty-kick goal.
Current coach Preki is only contracted to the club for 2010 if the team picks up his option.
An inside source has revealed to Goal.com that the club has decided to instead offer the top spot to Martin Vasquez.
Vasquez was a longtime assistant coach at Chivas USA, having served in that capacity to Thomas Rongen, Hans Westerhof, Bob Bradley and Preki in a span from 2005 to '08.
He previously worked as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy under Steve Sampson in '04.
Besides taking turns on either side of the local Los Angeles rivalry, Vasquez holds an interesting distinction as being the only player (pending Edgar Castillo's possible U.S. appearance) to represent both Mexico and the United States.
Vasquez played three friendly games for Mexico from 1991 to '92. Years later, when his U.S. citizenship was complete, he played crucial matches for the U.S., including the '97 World Cup qualifying match where the Americans earned their only point in history in Estadio Azteca.
Through his many years in Southern California, Vasquez was well-acquainted with Jurgen Klinsmann, who settled in the area. Klinsmann named Vasquez his assistant at Bayern Munich in '08. Vasquez left the club when Klinsmann was dismissed earlier this year.
If named to the head coaching position, Vasquez would become the first Mexican-American coach in Major League Soccer.
When contacted by Goal.com for comment, Chivas USA's media relations stated, "Preki is still the coach of Chivas USA. As the season has ended, all coaches and players are under evaluation."
Old ties might be renewed again in a different context. Preki may join Bradley's U.S. national team staff now that assistant coach John Hackworth has accepted the same position with the expansion Philadelphia Union.
Before Bradley took the U.S. head coach position, Preki was his assistant, along with Vasquez, at Chivas USA.