Chivas' other finalist joins Whitecaps

Denis Hamlett, the former Chicago Fire head coach who made the final three in Chivas USA's search for a new on-field boss, has joined expansion Vancouver Whitecaps' coaching staff.

Robin Fraser, who last week was introduced as Chivas' sixth head coach; Juan Carlos Osorio, who turned down the Goats' overtures to remain in charge of Colombian champion Once Caldas; and Hamlett were the finalists for the Chivas position.

Hamlett, 41, who spent 12 seasons coaching with the Fire -- the last two, 2008 and 2009, as head coach -- will be one of Icelandic coach Teitur Thordarson's assistants with the Whitecaps pending receipt of a Canadian work permit.

Hamlett was head coach last fall at NAIA school Illinois Tech.