- U.S. National Team: U.S. Men
- Position: Assistant Coach
- Date Of Birth: Dec. 24, 1963
- Hometown: West Covina, Calif.
Martin Vasquez has an intimate knowledge of soccer in the United States, and brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the highest levels to Jurgen Klinsmann’s staff.
He played professionally in both Major League Soccer and the Primera Division in Mexico, and also represented both the United States and Mexico at the international level. Vasquez spent three years playing for Universidad de Guadalajara from 1987-90, before moving to Puebla (1990-91) and Veracruz (1991-92). His most successful stop in Mexico was a four-year stay with Atlas, which he made over 100 appearances from 1992-96.
Vasquez was allocated to the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer in the league’s inaugural season in 1996, and his outstanding play as a defensive midfielder earned him a spot in the MLS All-Star Game that season. He enjoyed two seasons in Tampa Bay and one final campaign with the San Jose Clash in 1998 before retiring from the playing field, wrapping up a 17-year professional career before shifting his focus to coaching.
After his playing days, Vasquez cut his coaching teeth for a handful of years at the high school, collegiate levels and also coached in Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) before re-joining the ranks of MLS as an assistant on the sidelines of both tenants of The Home Depot Center – the LA Galaxy (2004) and Chivas USA (2005-08).
Vasquez would then have the rare opportunity to expand his coaching horizons in Europe, joining Bayern Munich for its 2008-09 Bundesliga campaign under Klinsmann. In December of 2009, Vasquez got the opportunity to return to Chivas USA, this time as the team’s head coach, a post which he manned for the squad’s 2010 season.