January 30, 2013
Fraser named Red Bulls assistant coach
The Red Bulls continued to build their coaching staff on Wednesday as they officially announced today they have named former Chivas USA head Robin Fraser as an assistant coach.
|Robin Fraser coached Chivas USA the past two years.
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Fraser, a 10-year Major League Soccer veteran, will be the No. 1 man behind head coach Mike Petke, who was named to that position last week.
Petke said that he and Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh had consulted "extensively over the past weeks about additions to the staff before I was named head coach and believe Robin would be a great member of our team."
"I have known and respected Robin for many years and am excited that he decided to join the club," Petke said in a statement. "Robin’s tremendous success as a player in MLS has carried over to his coaching career. We believe that he will be a huge resource for me, our staff and our players as we head into this season.”
Roxburgh called the 46-year-old Fraser "a class act."
"I think he’ll be an outstanding addition to our management team,” Roxburgh said in a statement. “First, he has the experience of MLS as a player and then as a winning assistant coach. He also had the opportunity on the front line as a head coach. He will bring an enormous amount of enthusiasm, knowledge and coaching acumen to our club.”
Fraser was the Chivas USA coachh the past two seasons, signing with the club on Jan. 4, 2011. He was one of the most highly regarded assistant coaches in the league, serving under Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis for four seasons, including the club's 2009 run to MLS Cup.
Fraser, originally from Jamaica, joined the coaching ranks following a successful career as a player. A two-time MLS defender of the year in 1999 and 2004 and a five-time MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI selection (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004), Fraser made 260 league appearances, performing with the LA Galaxy (1996-2000), Colorado Rapids (2001-03) and Columbus Crew (2004-05). He also earned 27 caps with the U.S. National Team.