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Chivas USA hires Jose Luis Sanchez Sola as head coach

Chivas USA announced the hiring of Jose Luis Sanchez Sola as its new head coach on Wednesday.

Jeff Golden

C.D. Chivas USA announced on Wednesday that the soccer club has hired Jose Luis Sanchez Sola as its next head coach. With six years of experience coaching in Mexico's Primera Division in Liga MX, the hire by the Mexican-owned MLS team is anchored upon appealing to fans in the US and Mexico.

"We are going to try to implement a more appealing style of soccer for our fans, without forgetting that we are a team that plays in the United States," Sanchez Sola said. "We will look to appeal to both cultures while obtaining positive results for the club. I feel that Chivas USA, at some point, lost that flavor and technique with the ball that is emphasized in Mexico and Latin-America; we must re-establish that part and combine it with the MLS' style of play."

Sanchez Sola, 53, was most recently with Correcaminos UAT as a head coach in 2012. A native of Puebla, Mexico, he got his head start in coaching with the Puebla FC youth academy in 1995 and has worked his way up the ladder. Sanchez Sola coached the Puebla FC team in the second division in 2006 and was with the team as it moved to the first division. He left Puebla in 2011 for Estudiantes de la UAG.

After missing the playoffs in the last three seasons, Sanchez Sola will have a fresh roster and inherits a difficult situation. He will be Chivas USA's eighth coach in the past eight years.