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 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 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.
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.
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.