Kreis: Fraser leaves "gaping hole" at RSL

Club to fill assistant vacancy by start of camp in January

Robin Fraser

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Real Salt Lake knew that sooner or later there was going to
be an MLS team that would take former assistant Robin Fraser to be its head
coach. That moment finally arrived on Tuesday, as Chivas USA named the former
Galaxy player as their new manager.

“We’re extremely pleased he’s gotten this opportunity,” RSL
manager Jason Kreis told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s been in contention last couple of
years and occasionally felt hard done by that he didn’t get the opportunity
sooner.

“It’s well-deserved and no doubt he’s going to be fantastic
head coach in the league. He leaves a gaping hole in our staff and we have to
address it in fairly short order.”

The hole is even greater given that Fraser will also be taking along the
club’s director of the RSL-Arizona youth academy, Greg Vanney, who will now serve
as Chivas USA assistant.

Since Fraser was under contract with Real Salt Lake, the two
Western Conference clubs have reached an agreement for minimal future considerations, according to RSL GM Garth
Lagerwey.

[inline_node:325900]“We were firmly committed to not standing in Robin’s way,”
Lagerwey said. “Robin’s interviewed probably four to six jobs at this point and
it’s become part of our offseason ritual.”

Fraser's appointment at Chivas USA was a long process which took place “over a period of
several weeks,” according to RSL. The club was first contacted by Chivas USA
during the 2010 postseason and the process began to heat up in late December
when the Goats informed them that Fraser was a finalist.

RSL describe Fraser as a thinker and analytical student
of the game who was mainly responsible for the team’s international scouting, video
scouting and preparing the RSL players for upcoming opponents.

“He tends to look at game from an X's and O’s tactical
standpoint and a team shape standpoint in a very sophisticated manner,” Lagerwey
said. “The biggest adjustment he’ll have is what kind of leadership style is he
going to use.

“He’s a little quieter, but he has a presence about him and
he won’t be doing things that he hasn’t done before. He’ll do great.”  

RSL's technical staff will be operating a man down through this week’s combine
and next week's SuperDraft. The club hopes to compile a list of candidates in the next 7-10
days and reach a decision on a new assistant by the time training camp opens in
late January.

“Of our top five to six technical guys we’re losing two of them and
it’s a big loss for our club,” Lagerwey said.

“The timing is not ideal for us,” Kreis said. “I wish this
decision could have been reached earlier. But it is what it is. We’ve got a lot
on our plates next week.”