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Chivas USA parts ways with ‘Chelis’

Posted on 30 May 2013 by iyeo

After four months in in charge, Chivas USA announced on Wednesday night that it had parted ways with head coach José Luis “Chelís” Sánchez Solá and that Jose Luis Real, currently sporting development director at Chivas Guadalajara, will assume hed coaching duties.

It didn’t seem like the two sides would get to this point when the season started. Chivas USA had performed strongly in the preseason and though it did drop its season opener to Columbus at home back on March 2nd, the club went on a hot streak, getting its first win of the season on March 10 against FC Dallas in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory. A 1-1 draw a week later against the Los Angeles Galaxy followed by wins against the Chicago Fire and the Vancouver Whitecaps had Chivas USA 3-1-1 and sitting near the top of the Western Conference, but the club soon sputtered after that, going 0-6-1 in its last seven games. Chivas USA is currently sitting in last place in the Western Conference with 11 points.

Chelis’ departure had actually come after a win, though it was in US Open Cup play, as Chivas had to rally for a 2-1 win over USL side L.A. Blues at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night. Midfielder Carlos Alvarez scored the equalizer and Keeper Dan Kennedy scored the winning goal, as he was selected to take a penalty kick after Miller Bolanos was fouled in the penalty area.

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