February 26, 2014 |
Major League Soccer, the caretaker owner of Chivas USA, turned the team's business and sporting operations over to longtime MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez on Wednesday when it named him club president. The league purchased the failing franchise from Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and his wife, Angelica Fuentes, last week and will be responsible for its operations until a new ownership deal is finalized. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said the league, which has been in conversations with potential investors for months, wants to keep the franchise in Southern California, where it would play in a new soccer-specific stadium.
October 23, 2012 |
Nearly two months after an ownership change the long-anticipated restructuring of the Chivas USA front office began late Tuesday with the appointment of Jose David to the team's presidency and the naming of Jose Luis Real as supervisor of soccer operations. Real is a longtime confidant of Jorge Vergara who, along with his wife, Angelica Fuentes, owns the Mexican League team Chivas de Guadalajara. In August, Vergara and Fuentes also became sole owners of Chivas USA after buying out former partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cua. Following the ownership change Vergara and Fuentes instituted a media blackout, refusing to talk about their plans for the long-struggling team they helped to found.
November 22, 2013 |
Chivas USA parted ways with 10 players Thursday, the same day it was announced that Francisco Palencia would be leaving as director of soccer operations to return to Mexico in a similar position with sister club Chivas of Guadalajara. Meanwhile, the exodus of on-field talent brings to 29 the number of players the club has gotten rid of this year. That's 10 more than the number of players on the current team roster. Among those leaving this week were two starters -- defender Mario de Luna and midfielder Edgar Mejia.
November 27, 2012 |
Jose Domene, until a month ago the general manager of Chivas USA, was officially let go by the Major League Soccer team's new ownership Tuesday, a team official confirmed. "Jose is no longer a Chivas USA employee. Effective today," Rodrigo Ochoa, the team's communications director wrote in response to an email question. Domene, who was appointed interim general manager during the team's last front-office shakeup in December 2010, was among the last members of this season's administrative staff to be fired by Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara who, along with wife Angelica Fuentes, took full ownership of the franchise three months ago after buying out partners Lorenzo and Antonio Cue. Domene, 32, among the youngest general managers in U.S. professional sports, was an aggressive GM, making midseason acquisitions that brought Juan Agudelo, Jose Erick Correa and Shalrie Joseph to Chivas.
May 30, 2013 |
Can things get any weirder at Chivas USA? On Wednesday morning the team was sued by two former coaches who charged the club with racial discrimination, claiming they were fired 2½ months ago because they weren't Latino and didn't speak Spanish. Then about a dozen hours later the team dismissed its carefully hand-picked -- and very popular -- manager, José Luis Sánchez Solá, who is Mexican. Add to that the fact that the team, which is 3-7-2, hasn't made the playoffs or had a winning record since 2009, has no local broadcasting deal, does not have its own stadium and has been the league's worst draw the last two seasons -- home attendance of 8,045 is off more than 38% from last season's dismal showing -- and it becomes baffling why Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber doesn't step in and put the franchise and its few fans out of their misery.
November 9, 2012 |
Chivas USA fired Coach Robin Fraser on Friday, less than two weeks after finishing a disappointing season last in Major League Soccer's Western Conference with a 7-18-9 record. Fraser's dismissal had been rumored since Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and his wife Angelica Fuentes took full control of the franchise in late August. And Fraser did little to help his cause after that, going winless in his last 14 games, a franchise record. Also let go Friday were assistant head coach Greg Vanney, a longtime Fraser friend, and the team's technical director and head scout Simon Elliott and head trainer Brian Lee. The moves are the latest in a front-office housecleaning that has seen the club replace its president and fire the vice presidents for both sponsorships and marketing since the final week of the season.