On Monday, the Orange County Blues announced the coaching staff for the 2015 season who will work alongside new coach Oliver Wyss. Two of the names will be familiar to Chivas USA fans, as they worked (and in one case, still work) for the organization.
Most notably, CUSA Academy director Sacha van der Most will be part of Wyss' staff, as he will move from youth team work to coaching pros. Of course, van der Most does have a bit of first team coaching experience, as he led Chivas USA for two games in 2013 on an interim basis between the firing of Chelís and Jose Luis Real fully taking control of the team.
The first thing that came to mind for me was whether van der Most would remain involved with Chivas USA's Academy given his new position, so The Goat Parade asked a Blues spokesperson, who said van der Most would continue on with the Academy while also working for the Blues. Of course, that could be wrapped up by the summer, when Chivas USA's Academy is scheduled to be closed.
The other coach with CUSA ties is strength and conditioning coach Claudio Trabattoni, who came aboard in 2013 and worked throughout that tumultuous season for the first team. Last year, he worked for the Chivas USA Academy, but the Blues spokesperson told The Goat Parade that he left that position in December.
The other members of the Blues' new coaching staff are Braeden Cloutier, Mohammad Mohammadi and Barry Venison. Cloutier is an MLS veteran, having played for the MetroStars, San Jose Clash, and New England Revolution. He also spent time abroad in Hamburg's system early in his playing career.
Mohammadi is the team's goalkeeping coach, and recently wrapped up his playing career with the Blues last year. The Iranian spent most of his career playing professionally in his native country.
Venison will be the Blues' technical advisor. An English native, he played for a number of notable clubs: Sunderland, Liverpool, Newcastle, Galatasaray and Southampton. He's also worked as a pundit in the past.
"This is a fantastic group of coaches," Wyss said in a club statement. "They comprehend how the game is played on the highest level and understand what is needed to be a top professional team. Together we will create a vision & structure that will take OC Blues FC to the next level and reach its fullest potential."
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