Robin Fraser (born December 17, 1966) is an American soccer coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids. Fraser was formerly an assistant coach for Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls, and Toronto FC, and was the head coach of Chivas USA for two seasons.
|Full name||Robin Lucius Fraser|
|Date of birth||December 17, 1966|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Colorado Rapids (head coach)|
|1985–1988||FIU Golden Panthers|
|1996–2000||Los Angeles Galaxy||129||(1)|
|2007–2010||Real Salt Lake (assistant)|
|2013–2014||New York Red Bulls (assistant)|
|2015–2019||Toronto FC (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Fraser grew up in Miami, Florida where he played soccer at Miami Palmetto High School. He played college soccer at Florida International University from 1984 to 1988, leading the team to a NCAA Division II Championship as a freshman. After the team moved to Division I before the 1987 season, he was recognized as a 1987 and 1988 second team All-American, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior.
In 1988, Fraser signed with the Miami Sharks in the American Soccer League. He played two seasons with the Sharks. In 1990, he moved to the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League, for whom he played from 1990 to 1995. While with the Foxes, Fraser was named an APSL All-Star four straight years, from 1992 to his final season in 1995.
When Major League Soccer was created, he was the Los Angeles Galaxy's first selection (fourth overall) in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. Fraser played five seasons with Galaxy, and was named to the league's Best XI four times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000), and was named MLS Defender of the Year in 1999.
Fraser was traded to the Colorado Rapids in a salary-cap related move before the 2001 season. He spent three years in Colorado, before being traded to the Columbus Crew for two draft picks. Although his career was considered to be on the downslide during his time with the Rapids, he anchored the Crew defense in 2004, and was once again considered one of the best at MLS at the position, winning his second Defender of the Year award and being named to his fifth Best XI while captaining the Crew to the Supporters' Shield. During the 2003 and 2004 season, Fraser helped mentor two of MLS's most promising young defenders, Nat Borchers and Chad Marshall. Never a big scorer, Fraser only scored one regular season and one playoff goal in his entire MLS career. He retired after the 2005 season.
During the late 90s, Robin Fraser and Greg Vanney co-coached a local girls soccer club in Los Angeles California known as the Santa Anita Soccer Club or SASC. In 2007, Real Salt Lake hired Fraser as a third assistant coach. On January 4, 2011, Fraser was hired as the new head coach of Chivas USA, becoming the team's sixth coach in seven years.
Fraser was dismissed by Chivas after a two-year run saw him post a 15–32–21 record, including a 14-match winless streak in his second season. During the off-season, he was named as an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls under new head coach Mike Petke.
After two season in New York, Fraser moved to Toronto FC where he would act as assistant coach alongside head coach Greg Vanney. The two previously had worked together with Chivas USA, albeit in reversed roles, with Fraser the head man and Vanney working underneath him.
- As of October 6, 2019
|Chivas USA||January 4, 2011||Nov 10, 2012||68||15||32||21||22.06|
|Colorado Rapids||August 25, 2019||Present||7||5||2||0||71.43|
- 1.^ Includes league, playoffs, cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
- MLS Cup
- Runner-up (2): 1996, 1999
- MLS Supporters' Shield
- Winner (2): 1998, 2004
- Runner-up (2): 1996, 1999
- MLS Eastern Conference
- Winners (Regular Season) (1): 2004
- MLS Western Conference
- Winners (Regular Season) (3): 1996, 1998, 1999
- Winners (Playoffs) (2): 1996, 1999
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup
- Winners (1): 2000
- Runner-up (1): 1997
- MLS Defender of the Year: 1999, 2004
- 1987 All American
- 1988 All American
- RSL welcomes Fraser as assistant coach
- "Chivas part ways with Fraser as restructuring continues". MLS. November 9, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- "Red Bulls Name Robin Fraser Assistant Coach". MLS. January 30, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)