January 29, 2013
Report: Red Bulls hire Fraser as assistant coach
Former Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser has been hired as the No. 1 assistant coach by the Red Bulls, according to SoccerByIves.com.
|Robin Fraser reportedly has been fired as the top Red Bulls assistant coach.
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Fraser is the first major hiring under new head coach Mike Petke, who was given the job last week. He is expected to give Petke, who will make his debut as a head coach this season, a solid first lieutenant with a working knowledge of Major League Soccer.
The 46-year-old Fraser was not the Red Bulls' first choice as the top assistant. Former U.S. international and Red Bulls midfielder Claudio Reyna had been offered the position, but he turned down the job.
Fraser had directed Chivas USA for two years, before he was fired after the 2012 season. Chivas USA finished the season with a 14-game winless streak. Before taking on the Chivas job, the Jamaican-born Fraser was an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake for four years (2007-2010), including the 2007 MLS Cup championship season.
In two seasons as Chivas USA’s head coach, Fraser compiled a record of 15-32-21 in MLS competition and failed to reach the playoffs as the Rojiblancos finished the 2012 season at the bottom of the Western Conference.
A four-time MLS Best XI during his playing career, Fraser played for the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew. He also represented the United States 27 times in international competition.