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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Juan Carlos Osorio rejects Chivas USA

By Scott French
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Chivas USA thought it had its man. Juan Carlos Osorio had other ideas.

The Colombian coach, the Goats' choice to replace Martin Vasquez as head coach, told media in Colombia that he has rejected an offer from Chivas USA and will remain in charge of Once Caldas of the Colombian league.

Osorio, a former head coach of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, also says he had offers from Veracruz, in Mexico's second-tier Liga de Ascenso, and from top Colombian club Atletico Nacional, based in Medellin.

He earlier reported an offer to become Honduras' national team coach, which the Honduran federation denied.

"I had three very good offers from abroad and another from Colombia," Osorio, who was educated and began his coaching career in the U.S., told Colombia's Antena 2 radio. "But after discussing it with my family, I decided to let them pass and continue working to improve Once Caldas."

Osorio guided Once Caldas, based in the central Colombian city of Manizales, to its fourth national title earlier this month, and he cited the upcoming Copa Libertadores campaign as a reason for remaining with the club, according to Colombian media reports.

Chivas USA earlier this month narrowed its finalists for the coaching position to Osorio, Real Salt Lake defender Robin Fraser and former Chicago Fire head coach Denis Hamlett, according to sources inside and outside the club. With Osorio turning down an offer, it is uncertain whether Chivas USA management will offer the job to Fraser, a former star Galaxy defender, or Hamlett or widen its search. No decision is expected to be made before New Year's.

Chivas USA president and managing partner Antonio Cué and interim general manager Jose Luis Domene were not available for comment.

Scott French writes the "Football Futbol Soccer" blog for ESPNLosAngeles.com.