The genius of Chelis: Chivas USA coach on feces and fresh air

11 March 10:54 am

The genius of Chelis: Chivas USA coach on feces and fresh air

By Andrew Wiebe

When José Luis Sánchez Solá speaks, you better be ready to listen. One lapse in concentration and you might miss a gem, the kind of quote reporters wait years for while muddling through coach speak and cliche-ridden commentary.

"Chelís," as Sánchez Solá is better known, has already compared his team to a fruit salad. He's likened team chemistry to a busy bee hive. The best yet may have come Sunday after his much-maligned Chivas USA side knocked off FC Dallas, 3-1, at the Home Depot Center.

Special thanks to's Zac Lee Rigg for transcribing the full press conference, which really is a must read.

Asked about Giovani Casillas' goal and inspired substitute appearance, Chelis came up with the kind of analogy that's made Chivas USA a team even casual observers can't help but follow.

"Football rewards you. If you go into a match and you grind and grind and grind for the good of the team, at the end, it rewards you," Chelís said, before really rounding into form. "In a barrel of feces, you're grinding and grinding, you finally poke your head up to get the fresh air."

Well, that's quite the image.

Keep the quotable gold coming, Chelís. I can't be the only one on the edge of my seat, waiting for what you'll say next.