Chivas USA named Stephen Hamilton, a respected business leader within MLS, vice president of soccer operations on Wednesday.
In this newly created position, Hamilton will oversee all aspects of Chivas USA's technical staff and player development initiatives - including player identification, acquisition and development.
"In more than a decade of service to the sport of soccer in the United States, Stephen Hamilton has established himself as one of the bright young minds in the business," Chivas USA President and CEO Shawn Hunter said.
Hamilton, 36, joins Chivas USA from AEG Sports, where he had served as the organization's director of team services since 2002. He helped oversee the operation of as many as six MLS properties at one time.
While at AEG, Hamilton helped develop relationships with international clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid and promoted the teams' exhibition matches in the United States.
Hamilton played collegiate soccer at Appalachian State and North Carolina at Greensboro.