Robin Fraser has established himself as a solid candidate for a head coaching position, that much can not be disputed. He's largely responsible for the team-first ethos at Real Salt Lake, is one of the most popular people in the organization and at 44 years old could very well develop into a world-class coach.
RSL Soapbox's Denz is worried, though, about Fraser heading to Chivas USA. Not just because his team will be losing an integral part of the organization, but because Chivas USA has turned into a bit of a blackhole for coaches.
Chivas USA is a brand of a much better organization, but they are not a club with owners who are passionate about the team, they are not a club where from the President on down everyone is on the same page for success, they are not a team with the quality and depth that it takes to do great things in MLS. Oh yes they present a challenge and opportunity, but you know without support of the entire organization a coach can only do so much.
To be fair, Chivas USA is nowhere near the least successful franchise in MLS. They have a record of drawing reasonably strong, despite being the obvious second tenant at Home Depot Center, and have been to the playoffs in half of their seasons in existence. They've also shown an ability to identify top talent, even if they haven't been able to hold onto it.
The situation Schellas Hyndman inherited at FC Dallas, for instance, was considerably worse than what's going on at Chivas USA and he led the Toros to the MLS Cup final by his third year. Fraser has never been a head coach before and it's hard to blame him for jumping at this opportunity, even if it could be reasonably argued that he'll have better opportunities a year from now.