Marco Fabian, Assistant Coach
Born on Dec. 26, 1967 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Marco Antonio Fabián was a key offensive midfielder in Mexican soccer in the ‘80s and ‘90s with First Division teams León, Correcaminos and Puebla.
He has been with Chivas Guadalajara for over 15 years, serving as Technical Director for the Third Division, Second Division, U-20’s and U-17’s teams, as well as other Youth Teams. Fabián has also served as Assistant Coach for the First Team and acted as interim coach with Guadalajara in 2009.
As a Head Coach, he has achieved several awards such as three national titles with Chivas’ Second Division team, National Reserves Champion, Youth Academy Champion in international competition in Costa Rica’s Saprissa Cup, Holland’s Grotingen Cup, England’s Cup, Ireland’s Milk Cup, Spain’s Real Madrid Cup, and Chivas International Cup in Guadalajara. Most recently, Marco Fabián became Champion with the Chivas U-20’s team that won the 2013 tournament in Mexico.
Othoniel Gonzalez, Assistant Coach
Gonzalez joins Chivas USA after serving as head coach for the men’s program at UC Riverside since 2004. His stint as a member of the Highlander’s staff began in 2001 with the re-birth of the program.
During his tenure at UCR, Gonzalez revitalized the program and set all-time highs in wins (nine) during the 2011 season, leading the Highlanders to their first-ever appearance in the Big West Conference Tournament. In 2012, Gonzalez led UCR to yet another all-time high in wins with 10 and a No. 19 national ranking. Gonzalez was twice named Big West Coach of the Year.
A graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High in 1995 where earned All-League honors, Gonzalez went on to a stellar playing career at UCLA as a midfielder under legendary Head Coach Sigi Schmid. The duo helped lead the Bruins to three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and the NCAA National Championship in 1997. Gonzalez graduated in 2000 with a degree in history.
After completing his collegiate career, the Pomona, Calif. native played for the San Diego Flash of the professional A-League as well as the Utah Blitz of the United Soccer League Third Division. In addition to his playing credentials, Gonzalez holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license.
Claine Plummer, Goalkeeper Coach
Plummer joins Chivas USA’s First Team as their goalkeeper coach after spending two and a half seasons with the Red-and-White Youth Academy. Before joining the Chivas USA institution, Plummer was the goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, California State University, Los Angeles, where he coached both the women’s and men’s teams since 2009.
From 2006-2008, Plummer served as goalkeeper coach for the UCLA women’s team. At the same time, he worked at Marshall Fundamental High School where he was named the San Gabriel Valley Coach of the Year.
Plummer, a native of Costa Rica, is a former All-California Collegiate Athletic Association player. He attended CSULA from 1994-1997 and currently holds the school’s second-best all-time career saves record with 248. In addition, Plummer also serves as the national goalkeeper coach for the National Soccer Coaches of America.
Armando Camacho, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Camacho joins the Red-and-White as the team’s strength and conditioning Coach with extensive experience in his field. Before joining Chivas USA, Camacho was a member of brother club Chivas Guadalajara throughout his entire career as a player and a coach.
The Guadalajara native played professionally in Guadalajara’s Third and Second-Division squads as a defender from 1989 to 1990 before joining the First Team in 1990. After retiring as a player, Camacho pursued a career in strength and conditioning coaching. In 1996, Camacho was hired as Chivas Guadalajara’s strength and conditioning coach at the youth level, and in 2003, he was promoted to work with the First Team.
Kevin Esparza - Director of Soccer Operations
Born in Orange, California on January 11, 1972, Kevin Esparza initially joined Club Deportivo Chivas USA as Team Administrator and Assistant Coach in 2005 after spending two seasons (2003-2004) with the Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach. In early 2012, after seven years with the club, Esparza was named Director of Soccer Operations for the Red-and-White. Having worked at the youth/club, high school, university and professional levels, Esparza brings over 20 years of experience to Chivas USA’s Technical Staff.
Previously, Esparza coached the Orange High School men’s varsity team to the CIF Championship, where he served one year as assistant coach and three years as head coach. He then continued onto coaching youth clubs like the Irvine Strikers, the Orange Junior Soccer Club and the North Huntington Beach Soccer Club. Esparza also served as Director of Coaching at Desert United Soccer Club in Palm Desert, California. On a collegiate level, Esparza has coached the University of California – Riverside men’s soccer team and Chapman University’s men and women’s soccer team. Esparza served as a scout and staff coach for the Southern California Olympic Development Program (ODP). He studied and played soccer at Santa Ana College and Chapman University. Esparza currently resides in Orange, California.
Manuel Tejeda - Team Administrator
Manuel Alexandro Tejeda was named Team Administrator of Chivas USA in January 2013.
Tejeda began his career with Chivas USA as a sales intern in 2006, eventually working his way into a full-time position on the Sales team. After completing his education, Tejeda returned to the Red-and-White in 2012, when he joined the Community Affairs department.
Tejeda was born in Orange California on December 19th, 1987. He attended Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, and graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Miguel Torres - Massage Therapist
Miguel Torres, Chivas USA’s Massage Therapist, joined the club in 2006 as an assistant, but has been in his current role since the start of the 2008 season. After graduating from Long Beach City College in 2002 with a degree in Massage Therapy, Torres worked for a chiropractor and with private clients before working with FC Wilmington Juniors Soccer Club starting in 2005.
Born on Feb. 21, 1973 in Los Angeles, Torres was raised in Wilmington, Calif. His parents are from Michoacán, Mexico, and his cousin, Arturo Torres, became the first player in Chivas USA history when he was selected first overall in the 2004 Expansion Draft. Miguel also has two children, Michael and Kylie.
Jose Vargas - Equipment Manager
Equipment Manager Jose Vargas joined Chivas USA in 2008 after three years of fan loyalty to the club. Originally from Las Huertas, Jalisco, Vargas grew up admiring the team’s sister club Chivas de Guadalajara, which motivated him to become a season ticket holder when Chivas USA kicked off their first season in MLS in 2005. He then enlisted his kids in the Chivas USA Youth Academy and after some experienced coaching AYSO soccer, he moved on to coaching for the club’s Youth Academy and soccer clinics. He currently resides with his wife and has four kids.