By IVES GALARCEP
A week from today Chivas USA will have an important decision to make at the 2013 MLS Draft, with the club boasting the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
The man who has spearheaded preparations for that selection, and has handled running the team’s technical side since the firing of former head coach Robin Fraser, has now also been given his walking papers.
Chivas USA has fired lead assistant coach Carlos Llamosa, sources with knowledge of the move told SBI on Thursday.
Llamosa spent the past four years as an assistant with the Goats, and fully expected to be a part of the coaching staff under new head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola after being told he would be a part of the staff in 2013. But just a day before he was to head to Florida for the MLS Combine, Llamosa was instructed to go to Los Angeles instead. On Wednesday, Chivas USA fired Llamosa.
The move comes less than two weeks after Dennis te Kloese was brought in to be Chivas USA’s new Sporting president. Te Kloese will lead Chivas USA’s draft preparations and the rest of an off-season that has been full of surprises.
Llamosa leaves Chivas USA after spending two seasons with the club as a player before transitioning into the coaching side. A former U.S. national team defender, the 43-year-old Llamosa won two championships with D.C. United as a player.
What do you think of this development? See Chivas USA botching their draft without Llamosa? Think it’s questionable for the club to part ways with Llamosa at this point in the off-season?
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