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.
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.
May 29, 2013 |
Two former coaches with Chivas USA filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday charging the team with discrimination, claiming they were fired earlier this year "because they were neither Mexican nor Latino. " Daniel Calichman and Theothoros Chronopoulos, both former members of the U.S. national soccer team, worked with Chivas USA's youth academy, where they coached players between the ages of 7 and 18. According to the complaint, shortly after Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and wife, Angelica Fuentes, assumed sole ownership of the Major League Soccer team last fall, Vergara told his staff that employees who did not speak Spanish would be fired.
December 12, 2012 |
We now know the name of the next Chivas USA coach to be fired. That's because Wednesday the Major League Soccer team announced the name of the most recent one to be hired: Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, who formerly ran the youth program and the first-division Mexican League team in Puebla. "Very honored, very grateful and committed to fulfill the goals of the institution," Sanchez Sola said of his latest opportunity. "I know that with the support of the staff currently in place, my transition to MLS will be that much easier.
December 3, 2012 |
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Chivas USA, it did. Less than four months into the reign of the famously impetuous Jorge Vergara, Chivas USA finds itself without a coach and without a front office. And now the man tasked with filling some of the holes has himself been fired. Vergara, who has gone through more than a coach a year with his Mexican league team, Chivas de Guadalara, announced last month former Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff would be in charge of remaking his MLS team.
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.