Robin Fraser

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.

Robin Fraser
Personal information
Full name Robin Lucius Fraser
Date of birth (1966-12-17) December 17, 1966
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 FIU Golden Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Miami Sharks
1990–1995 Colorado Foxes 93 (6)
1996–2000 Los Angeles Galaxy 129 (1)
2001–2003 Colorado Rapids 74 (0)
2004–2005 Columbus Crew 57 (0)
Total 353+ (7+)
National team
1988–2001 United States 27 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Real Salt Lake (assistant)
2011–2012 Chivas USA
2013–2014 New York Red Bulls (assistant)
2015–2019 Toronto FC (assistant)
2019– Colorado Rapids
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fraser played six seasons in the American Professional Soccer League and ten in Major League Soccer. He earned 27 caps with the United States men's national soccer team between 1988 and 2001.

Playing career

Youth

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,[1][2] and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior.

Professional

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.

International

Although Fraser was born in Jamaica, he chose to represent the United States at the international level, after becoming a citizen in June 1986. He made his debut against Chile on June 1, 1988 and amassed 27 caps. His last came in a scoreless tie with Ecuador on July 6, 2001.

Coaching career

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.[3]

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.[4] During the off-season, he was named as an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls under new head coach Mike Petke.[5]

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.[6]

Coaching record

As of October 6, 2019
Team From To Record
GWLTWin %
Chivas USA January 4, 2011 Nov 10, 2012 68 15 32 21 022.06
Colorado Rapids August 25, 2019 Present 7 5 2 0 071.43
Total 75 20 34 21 026.67
  • 1.^ Includes league, playoffs, cup and CONCACAF Champions League.

Honors

Player

Assistant coach

Individual

References

  1. 1987 All American
  2. 1988 All American
  3. RSL welcomes Fraser as assistant coach
  4. "Chivas part ways with Fraser as restructuring continues". MLS. November 9, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  5. "Red Bulls Name Robin Fraser Assistant Coach". MLS. January 30, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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