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August 29, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
Jorge Vergara and his wife, Angelica Fuentes, became sole owners of Major League Soccer's Chivas USA on Wednesday, buying out brothers Antonio and Lorenzo Cue, their co-owners since the club's founding eight years ago. “We are very excited about the future of Chivas USA,” Vergara said in a news release issued on Chivas USA letterhead but written by the media relations staff of Chivas de Guadalajara, the Mexican league club Fuentes and Vergara...
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March 10, 2014 | By James Barragan
Since becoming president of Chivas USA at the end of last month, Nelson Rodriguez has been busy trying to turn around an embattled Major League Soccer franchise. The league has affirmed that it wants the team to remain in Los Angeles, believing that there is enough room in the city for two MLS teams. For most of its history, Chivas USA has played second fiddle to the Galaxy in the Southern California market. At Sunday's season opener, which Chivas won 3-2 against the Chicago Fire, Rodriguez spoke with reporters at halftime about the team's situation and shared some glimpses into the future of the franchise.
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August 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara, who assumed full control of Chivas USA on Wednesday night, apparently didn't wait long to make his first move. Sources close to the team and Major League Soccer say  General Manager Jose Domene was dismissed Thursday. And that's not likely to be Vergara's only move. Although Coach Robin Fraser is said to be safe for the moment, Vergara isn't known to be patient with his managers, having gone through 16 in 10 seasons with Chivas of Guadalajara, the Mexican league club he owns.
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March 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Less than two months after taking over as the caretaker coach at Chivas USA, Wilmer Cabrera enters the new Major League Soccer season opener battling something no coach has faced there in years. Expectations. With moody and mercurial owner Jorge Vergara gone after being bought out by the league last month, the team and its few remaining fans have some reason to hope after four seasons in which Chivas lost more than twice as many games as it won. And while Cabrera doesn't want to dampen that enthusiasm, he is pleading for a little patience and perspective.
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August 7, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The first thing you notice about Jorge Vergara are his socks. He's not wearing any. "One day when I was 11 or 12, I thought, 'Why do you wear socks?,' " he says. He couldn't come up with a suitable answer, so he hasn't worn them since. That kind of logic hasn't always played well in the button-down Mexican business world. But it's not the only sector of Mexican society the iconoclastic Vergara is shaking up.
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August 29, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Chivas USA didn't get the result it needed on the field Wednesday, rallying from a three-goal deficit to tie the New England Revolution, 3-3, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. And although that left the team's playoff hopes in doubt — Chivas is nine points out of the Western Conference's final postseason berth with 10 games left — that was nothing compared with the uncertainty the team faces off the field after Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and his wife, Angelica Fuentes, assumed control of the franchise Wednesday by buying out partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cue. Vergara, founder of the nutritional supplement company Grupo Omnilife and owner of the Mexican first-division club Chivas de Guadalajara, joined the Cues to found Chivas USA in 2004.
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April 10, 2005
Why does the L.A. Times cooperate with Jorge Vergara's insulting use of "gringo" ("Conquistador in Cleats," by David Davis, March 13)? That word is a racial/ethnic slur--at least when used with insulting intent, which is usually the reason for using it. Vergara, owner of the new Chivas soccer team in Los Angeles, should have more class than to come to this country to make money and insult its citizens. An honorable Spanish speaker would say "Americano" or even "Yanqui" (with good intent)
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April 3, 2005
I admire your decision to do a piece on one of Mexico's most prestigious institutions ("Conquistador in Cleats," by David Davis, March 13). You mentioned Jorge Vergara's fantastic business acumen. And, of course, you mentioned the racial aspect that will typify Club Deportivo Chivas USA's fan base. But you forgot to mention why Chivas will attract people other than the Hispanic fan base. Chivas plays a short passing game, which is more exciting than the long-ball game usually played by U.S. soccer teams.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it has purchased the troubled Chivas USA franchise from Mexican owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes and will begin operating the team immediately. The team will begin the MLS season next month under league control but MLS is hoping to conclude a quick deal to sell the team to an ownership group committed to building a new stadium that would keep the team in Los Angeles. Although Vergara and Fuentes, the husband-and-wife owners of Mexican league team Chivas de Guadalajara, will retain all licensing rights to the Chivas name and the logo, the MLS-owned team will continue using the Chivas USA brand on a transitional basis.
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February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it has purchased the troubled Chivas USA franchise from Mexican owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes and will begin operating the team immediately. The team will begin the MLS season next month under league control but MLS is hoping to conclude a quick deal to sell the team to an ownership group committed to building a new stadium that would keep the team in Los Angeles. Although Vergara and Fuentes, the husband-and-wife owners of Mexican league team Chivas de Guadalajara, will retain all licensing rights to the Chivas name and the logo, the MLS-owned team will continue using the Chivas USA brand on a transitional basis.
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December 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The upheaval continues at Chivas USA -- which, come to think of it, is probably no longer news. Late Monday the team, from its headquarters in Guadalajara, said it has fired Dennis te Kloese, sporting director for Chivas teams in Mexico and the U.S. He was one day short of his one-year anniversary on  the job. "Dennis te Kloese has left his post,” the club said in a brief statement. “Club Deportivo Guadalajara SA de CV thanks Dennis te Kloese for his effort and professionalism in this period of a year as Chivas sporting president.” Since September Chivas USA has not only gotten rid of many of the players it finished last season with, but mercurial owner Jorge Vergara has also sacked Francisco Palencia, who worked under Te Kloese as the U.S. team's sporting director; Coach Jose Luis Real, the team's fourth manager in less than a year; and president Jose David.
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July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Chivas USA issued a news release Wednesday defending the club's ethnic mix and expressing disappointment over those who would criticize it. Only problem was, the release never said who was criticizing the team and why. A team spokeswoman later confirmed that the statement was issued in response to a Tuesday segment on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" that focused on a lawsuit that two former Chivas coaches had filed against the team claiming...
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May 30, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
  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.
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May 29, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
John Tortorella was defiant in stating that the New York Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round. General Manager Glen Sather thought otherwise and fired the combative coach Wednesday. The fiery Tortorella was let go four days after the Rangers' season ended with a Game 5 loss at Boston to the Bruins. New York had reached the Eastern Conference finals last year and was considered to be a championship contender in this lockout-shortened season.
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November 27, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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May 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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