VP of Soccer Operations Stephen Hamilton Steps Down
Chivas USA of Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that Vice President of Soccer Operations Stephen Hamilton has decided to step down from his post and will continue working with the club in an advisory role. Chivas USA also announced that club advisor Jose L. Domene will serve as Interim General Manager, working with the club’s soccer committee to find a new head coach and prepare for the MLS SuperDraft and 2011 MLS season.
“Stephen has been a great asset for Chivas USA through his three years with the team, and all of us would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication,” said Chivas USA Investor-Operator Antonio Cué. “The team accomplished a lot during his tenure, including MLS playoff appearances two out of three seasons and qualifying for SuperLiga and CONCACAF Champions League. More importantly, he helped lay the groundwork that will help us far into the future, through his development of the youth program and key signings to the first team.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Chivas USA, and would like to thank the club for the opportunity and their support,” said Hamilton. “While this is the right moment for me to move on, I believe the team is poised for success in 2011 and beyond, and I am happy to be able to continue working hard for the club in my new role as an advisor. I would also like to thank the fans, players, ownership, and staff for all of their support.”
In his three seasons with Chivas USA, Hamilton oversaw all aspects of the club’s technical staff and player development initiatives – including player identification, acquisition and development – from the First Team to the Youth Development teams. Working with head coaches Preki (2008-2009) and Martín Vásquez (2010), Hamilton helped the club reach the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, and presided over the signings of many players directly from the Chivas USA youth system, including Gerson Mayén, César Zamora, and Bryan de la Fuente.
A respected executive within Major League Soccer, Hamilton had previously served as Director of Team Services at AEG Sports, where he oversaw as many as six MLS properties at one time. A native of Hazlet, N.J., Hamilton played collegiate soccer at Appalachian State University and later at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he graduated with a B.S. in Marketing. He also served as Director of Fan Development for MLS and National Grassroots Manager for Soccer for adidas America.
Interim General Manager Jose L. Domene will work with the club’s soccer committee in the search for a new head coach and preparations for the 2011 MLS season. Having served as a club advisor for the past 18 months, Domene has worked closely with club executives in decisions regarding the first team. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Domene has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and has served as a consultant for several Mexican teams since 2004.
Chivas USA broke camp before Thanksgiving and will return to training in late January ahead of the 2011 MLS campaign. Season Seats for 2011 are now on sale, with prices remaining at the same low rates as 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or click here.