Chivas USA have ended their relationship with head coach Martin Vasquez.
The 46-year old Mexican tactician took charge of the Los Angeles club for the 2010 MLS season but failed to qualify for the play-offs with an eight-placed Western Conference finish in a disappointing year for the Goats.
Chivas’ vice president of soccer operations, Stephen Hamilton, admitted that Vasquez entered the fray during a tough time for the club but said the parting of ways was a positive in helping them move forward.
"This was a difficult decision for our organization to make," Hamilton told MLSsoccer.com. "We sat down with the team’s soccer committee … and thought through it.
“Everyone at Chivas USA has a great deal of respect for Martín. Unfortunately, after this difficult season came to a close, we decided to move in a different direction.
“It was a difficult season to begin with," Hamilton conceded. "We had lost a number of veterans in the offseason, and then losing Sacha Kljestan in the middle of the season and missing Jonny Bornstein for the World Cup was hard.
“But as we think about moving forward, we feel that this is the best decision for the club in terms of turning this thing around and getting back on track."