Chivas USA announced this morning that Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as "Chelís," has been appointed head coach of the team. The appointment is effective immediately, which is good because the MLS SuperDraft is coming up in about a month, and the team will need to make decisions on players, current and future, as soon as possible.
Chelís, 53, has coached previously in his career in Mexico. He has coached hometown club Puebla, Guadalajara club Estudiantes Tecos, and most recently Correcaminos in the second division. He has no prior experience in MLS.
In the press release for the announcement, Chelís discussed the need to connect an attacking style of soccer with the practicalities of the American game. Although that may too stark of a contrast between the nationalities, it appears the new coach is at least attempting to heed the warnings of prior foreign coaches in MLS, who haven't had a terrific track record in the league.
Chelís is Chivas USA's eighth coach in seven years, and replaces former MLS defender Robin Fraser in the position. He also has his own twitter handle (@elchelis) and tweets regularly.
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