Martín Vásquez

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Martín Vásquez
Personal information
Full name Martín Vásquez Gómez
Date of birth (1963-12-24) December 24, 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Leones Negros
1980–1983 Los Angeles Golden Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 39 (5)
1986 Hollywood Kickers
1986–1987 Memphis Storm (indoor) 26 (17)
1987 California Kickers
1987–1990 Leones Negros U de G 62 (2)
1990–1991 Puebla 36 (2)
1991–1992 Veracruz 25 (0)
1992–1996 Atlas 119 (1)
1996–1997 Tampa Bay Mutiny 59 (9)
1998 San Jose Clash 28 (0)
1999 Orange County Zodiac 19 (0)
Total 352 (31)
National team
1991–1992 Mexico 3 (0)
1996–1997 United States 7 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Cal Poly Pomona (assistant)
2001–2002 San Diego Spirit (assistant)
2004 Los Angeles Galaxy (assistant)
2005–2008 Chivas USA (assistant)
2008–2009 Bayern Munich (assistant)
2010 Chivas USA
2011–2014 United States (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Not to be confused with Rafael Martín Vázquez.

Martín Vásquez Gómez (born December 24, 1963 in Yahualica) is a Mexican-American former professional football player and current coach. One of only two players to have featured for both the United States and Mexico, he has served as a coach since retiring, most recently with the United States. He currently serves as head coach and director of soccer operations at Real Salt Lake's Arizona Academy.

Playing career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Vasquez and his family moved to Los Angeles at age 12. He attended Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, where he was a high school All-American soccer player. After high school, he returned to Mexico to briefly play for the B side of the Leones Negros de Guadalajara.

In 1980, Vasquez entered the California State University, Los Angeles, playing on the men's soccer team from 1980 to 1983. During his first two years, he spent the college off-season with Cojumatlan in the San Gabriel Valley Soccer League, in El Monte, California.


In the fall of 1984, Vasquez signed with the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He then played for the Hollywood Kickers of the Western Soccer Alliance. That fall, he joined the Memphis Storm in the American Indoor Soccer Association, where he scored seventeen goals and added nineteen assists in twenty-three games, ranking second on the league's points list.[1]

In 1987, Vasquez returned to the Kickers, now renamed the California Kickers.[2] In 1987, Cachorros de la Universidad de Guadalajara signed the player, based on the recommendation of Hugo Salcedo, president on the Kickers.[3] In 1990–91, he represented Puebla FC, moving to CD Veracruz in the following campaign.

In 1992, Vasquez joined F.C. Atlas, leaving four years later to return to the United States, with the establishment of Major League Soccer. That year, he was allocated to the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and spent two season with them, before rounding out his MLS career with the San Jose Clash in 1998. The next year, he played for the Orange County Zodiac in the USL A-League.[4]


Vasquez played three games with the Mexico national team one of them being against Colombia and the other two against Russia, during César Luis Menotti's spell as coach. However, none of the matches he played for his birth nation were FIFA-sanctioned.

Vasquez received American citizenship in 1996. Subsequently, he was called up to the national team by Steve Sampson, going on to earn seven caps in a two-year span. His debut came on December 21, 1996 against Guatemala (2–2 away draw), in a 1998 World Cup qualifier, and he last appeared in the home 4–2 victory over El Salvador, for the same competition, on November 16, 1997. He started the game, then came off in the 63rd minute for Mike Sorber.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from his playing career, Vasquez worked as assistant coach with Cal Poly Pomona and the women's team San Diego Spirit,[6] which folded soon after. He also coached the Damien High School boys' team for two seasons. After one season as assistant with the Los Angeles Galaxy,[7] he joined newly created MLS team C.D. Chivas USA in the same capacity, on January 2, 2005.

Between July 2008 and April 2009, Vasquez worked as the assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann at German club FC Bayern Munich.[8][9] He left when Klinsmann was dismissed due to bad results.[10] Vasquez was hired to his first head coaching job on December 2, 2009, at former club Chivas.[11]

Vasquez was released from his duties following a season which saw the Goats miss the playoffs for the first time since its 2005 expansion campaign.[12]

Vasquez was recalled by Klinsmann after the latter was named head coach of the United States men's national team as an assistant coach for a friendly against Mexico on August 11, 2011.[13] On March 31, 2014, less than 3 months before the World Cup Vásquez was replaced by Tab Ramos, relegating him to unannounced "other responsibilities",[14] which later turned out to be scouting and match observations.[15]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Chivas USA United States December 2, 2009 October 27, 2010 30 8 4 18 026.67


  1. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1988 Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ 1987 Western Soccer Alliance Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Mike Woitalla (April 28, 2008). "Backline: Martin Vasquez's great adventure". Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Cypress' Larkin, Corona Win Conference Baseball Honors". Los Angeles Times. May 21, 1999. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  5. ^ "USA - Details of International Matches 1995-1999". RSSSF. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Spirit Names Martin Vasquez As Assistant Coach". La Prensa. February 16, 2001. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  7. ^ Vasquez previously coached in WUSA, college Archived November 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Chivas USA Coach Vasquez Joins Klinnsmann & More
  9. ^ "The Klinsmann way". BBC Sport. BBC News. April 7, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Bayern Munich fire Klinsmann as coach". The Independent. Reuters. April 27, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Martin Vasquez to be named Chivas USA's next coach". Los Angeles Times. December 2, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Vasquez ousted as Chivas USA head coach after one season". October 27, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Jurgen Klinsmann sets U.S. roster". ESPN. Associated Press. August 5, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Klinsmann Appoints Berti Vogts as U.S. MNT Special Advisor". U.S.Soccer. March 30, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  15. ^ "World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann addresses USMNT shake-up: It's simply a professional shift". Yahoo!SPORTS. 

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