Vásquez thrilled after first Chivas win
There were plenty of big smiles in the Chivas USA locker room
after the team’s first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, but none was
bigger than that of Martín Vásquez.
The 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls was Vásquez’s
first as the head coach of Chivas USA. He glowed as he took the microphone for
the postgame press conference.
“I have to relax a little bit,” he admitted to the press corps.
“I’m a little emotional right now because of the win.”
It’s hard not to root for the guy. Here’s a coach who genuinely cares about his players and about
his team. Who helped build the club from the ground up during its first three
seasons and who wants to see it succeed.
A guy who’s willing to repeat himself word for word during
press conferences—once in English and once in Spanish—just to make sure every
person in the room understands what he’s saying.
A guy to get behind. A guy to believe in. A guy to celebrate
when he gets his first career win.
“This win feels great,” Vásquez told MLSsoccer.com later in
the evening. “It feels that way because the guys finally get rewarded for all
the hard work they do during the week. We lost the first two games, but we came
out today and it’s a difficult situation and our team responded.”
Vásquez picked a good day for his first win. In attendance at
Saturday’s match were Antonio Cue, the team’s primary investor, and Efraín
Flores, the sports director for Chivas de Guadalajara, Saprissa and Chivas USA.
“They’re here because they want to see the team do well,” said
Vásquez. “After telling them, ‘It’s going to come. Be patient. We’re going to
keep working,’ it finally comes and they’re here. That makes it even more special.”
Vásquez won’t have too long to celebrate. Chivas USA leave for
the team’s first road trip of the season this weekend, a daunting visit to face
the Houston Dynamo. The Goats have never won at Robertson Stadium.
“We’re going to prepare the same way that we’ve been preparing
the team for every game,” Vásquez said. “We need to keep improving those little
details so that we go forward and put our chances away, and then we can play
defense and be solid tactically. That what’s it going to take to get a win.”