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Former Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez removed as USMNT assistant coach

Vasquez is officially "transitioning," according to a release.

Otto Greule Jr

Although Chivas USA haven't had a lot of direct involvement with the U.S. Men's National Team the last couple years, there have been former players and an old coach who have been involved. On the coaching front, Martin Vasquez, who led the Goats in 2010, and who has been USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's right hand man since the German's appointment in 2011, has been officially reassigned.

In a statement released on Sunday, U.S. Soccer announced a shake-up with Klinsmann's staff: U-20 head coach Tab Ramos will replace Vasquez as senior team assistant coach, and current Azerbaijan head coach Berti Vogts has been hired as a special advisor. Meanwhile, the statement released said Vasquez would be, " other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer."

Now, it could be that Vasquez wanted a change of pace and agreed to the move, or it could be that he's being moved on against his will or is being slowly let go altogether. That's unclear.

But as to the motivation of the moves, Richard Whittall had a good take on the matter today on The Score. He noted that not only do assistant coaches not have the same influence on national teams as they normally do on club teams, but that the switch to Ramos, who played in Europe, may have been a shift away from a CONCACAF emphasis to a global one with the World Cup around the corner. And that makes sense, seeing as Vasquez is the main liaison of USMNT players in Mexico and has been credited with understanding the context of the region's play.

So that's that. Maybe Vasquez will find his new niche is comfortable, or again, maybe he's on his way out eventually. We don't know. But the admittedly unsuccessful former Chivas USA boss won't be coaching at the World Cup after all.

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