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Update: Martin Vasquez offically named Chivas USA's next coach

December 2, 2009 | 10:30 am

Chivas Martin Vasquez, the only soccer player to have stints with both the American and Mexican national teams in the 1990s, was officially named as Chivas USA's head coach this morning, according to the team.

"I am honored to return to Chivas USA," Vasquez said in a statement. "This is a wonderful opportunity and I can't wait to get started." 

Vasquez replaces Preki, who guided the team to three playoff appearances but couldn't advance beyond the first round. After parting ways with the club Nov. 12, Preki accepted Toronto FC's coaching position a week later.

Vasquez, who will be the team's first coach to speak Spanish fluently, has other ties to the Los Angeles area. After serving as an assistant coach for the Galaxy in 2004, he spent the next three seasons as an assistant for Chivas USA. Vasquez was also a standout at Alhambra High School and Cal State Los Angeles from 1980 to 1983. He was an assistant coach last season for FC Bayern Munich, a club team in Germany.

Look for more coverage later today at latimes.com/sports.

-- Mark Medina

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