Goodbye, Vergara: MLS purchases Chivas USA

Chivas USA OUT

Chivas USA is no more — and now, Major League Soccer is the proud owner of a Major League Soccer franchise.

A league statement reveals MLS has purchased the franchise from owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, effective immediately.

“We thank Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes for their significant commitment to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “Jorge was an early believer in the league and he and Angelica have been great partners in MLS.”

MLS will assume control of the franchise and appoint an interim President while they seek out new ownership. Upon that purchase, the team will be re-branded with a new name and logo. Until then, all existing Chivas USA name rights will be permitted to continue under the MLS umbrella.

“We collectively agreed that it is best to sell the club to new owners who are committed to securing a new stadium and providing MLS with a strong rival for the LA Galaxy,” Garber said.

According to the league, “initial discussions” are already underway “with a number of very qualified potential owners” with the hopes of transferring control of the team sometime this year.

Vergara explained his decision to sell the team to MLS in a league release.

“When Angelica and I gained full operational control of the team for the first time 15 months ago, we were hopeful we would be able to turn it around,” said Mr. Vergara. “However, there is only one Chivas de Guadalajara, and we have realized that it will require more time, further resources, and a level of commitment that would divert too much of our focus from our other business interests.

“We explored opportunities to sell to other groups, but we believe selling the franchise to MLS on an expedited basis is in the best interests of all parties, including the team’s players and its dedicated fans. MLS has assured us they are committed to keeping the club in Los Angeles and finding the right owners to make the team successful in the future. We greatly appreciate the leadership and collaboration of Don Garber and his colleagues at MLS, which resulted in an efficient transaction that benefits all the parties involved.”

In related news, SB Nation’s ‘Goat Parade’ revealed MLS trademark filings for club names ‘Los Angeles F.C.’ and ‘Los Angeles S.C.,’ along with accompanying logos. Both were put in by Vergara. Whether they will be used for the future is yet to be determined.

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  • rafael borrero

    Excuse my language but Mr. Vergara…take your Chivas and SHOVE IT

  • evan

    There’s no need for two teams in L.A. so long as there are so many other cities who want in to MLS. Hopefully this talk of keeping the team in L.A. is just lip service to avoid the idea of a lame duck team, and the team will later be moved to San Antonio, Sacramento, or St. Louis…

    • I can see it working, but location and identity are key. Same reason why I think three pro teams can work in NYC – Bronx, Harrison and LI? Totally doable.

  • LAFC/LASC here we GO!!

  • THANK GOD!!!
    the MLS bastard child will finally get a rebrand and hopefully a new home.

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  • Josiah

    i honestly don’t mind Los Angeles having two teams. it’s more than big enough to support it. i would prefer they had their own stadiums though. Chivas USA failure had nothing to do with L.A. not being able to support two teams.

  • Simon_M

    I vote the 2014 chant for Any team opposing Chivas to be sung to the tune of The Who’s
    WHO? WHO?
    WHO WHO?

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