By IVES GALARCEP
Just two months after getting Chivas USA off to a promising start and taking MLS by storm with his charismatic coaching style, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola appears to be out of a job.
ESPN’s John Sutcliffe reported on Wednesday night via Twitter that the coach known as ‘El Chelis’ has been fired by Chivas USA, with Jose Luis Real expected to take over on an interim basis.
(UPDATED– Chivas USA announced late on Wednesday even that the club had parted ways with Sanchez Sola.)
The departure comes on the same day news emerged of a lawsuit against Chivas USA for discrimination in the firing of youth coaches.
Chelis’ departure shouldn’t come as a complete surprise considering Chivas USA’s free fall in recent weeks. Also, when the team traded star forward Juan Agudelo and Chelis told media that he was not consulted on the trade, it became clear he had seen his power within the club diminished.
Who will Chivas USA turn to next? If Real isn’t a long-term solution, the Goats could turn to former Chivas USA player and Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch, as well as former player Francisco ‘Paco’ Palencia.
What do you think of this development? Surprised to see Chelis fired so soon? Who would you hire if you were in charge of Chivas USA?
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