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Once a Goat: Former Chivas USA manager Chelís Returns to Puebla

The popular manager will look to ensure his hometown club's survival in Liga MX.


Former Chivas USA head coach José Luis Sánchez Solá, better known as Chelís, beloved by the team's fans, is going home.

He will take over his hometown side Puebla FC once again after previously managing the club from 2006-2010.

Chelís had a short rein at the helm of Chivas USA lasting from December 2012 until May 2013. The Goats, of course, shot out of the gate quickly last season under his leadership, starting off 3-1-1. That was the high point of his Chivas career as he and the club would go the next seven games winless and he would leave by mutual consent with the club owners. A few tumultuous events off the field took place during his time at the club including being sued for discrimination by two former academy players and making it clear he was not included in the decision making that resulted in Juan Agudelo being traded to New England Revolution.

Now, things are looking up for the 55-year-old manager as he returns to his hometown and his previous employers Liga MX club Puebla. Chelís spent four years at the club previously where he was so well liked he survived being sacked once after the players requested he return.  He has received plaudits around Mexico for his work with La Franja, finishing high up in the league with a traditionally small club on a restricted budget during his first spell at the club.

Things have changed this time around for Los Camoteros aka "The Sweet Potatoers" (one of the best nicknames in world football?) as they are now focused on survival from relegation in Liga MX. Sánchez Solá is fully aware of expectations and reality at his new (old) club saying "We’re aiming for survival, we won’t defraud the people, us coaches have to win points and the coaching staff should obtain 50 percent of [the points] that remain and qualify for the cup [knock-out stages]."

Let's see what Chelís can do for Puebla this time around as he will interestingly be competing against his former MLS boss in Jorge Vergara, as his side battles relegation against CUSA's old parent club Chivas de Guadalajara. Best of luck to Chelís as he returns to his hometown and tries to recreate the magic of his last stay.

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