One day after their 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes, Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Chivas USA has ceased operations effective immediately.
The decision was made official by the league’s Board of Governors in a meeting earlier in the month. This ends ten seasons of history for the club that was originally a subsidiary unit for CD Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most successful clubs. The club shared the StubHub Center in Carson, California with the more successful Los Angeles Galaxy.
The still active players on Chivas USA’s roster will enter the MLS Disperal Draft. A couple of key players that are not on that list are Carlos Bocanegra and Erick “Cubo” Torres. The former American captain and seasoned veteran Bocanegra announced his retirement from competitive play earlier in the year. Torres is coming off his best season in MLS, as the Designated Player was responsible for 15 of the team’s 29 goals in the club’s final season, and has been praised as an MVP candidate this season. “Cubo” was on loan from the parent club in Guadalajara, and may return to Mexico.
Chivas failed to make the MLS Cup Playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The club managed to qualify for the postseason in four consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2009, even placing 1st in the West in 2007, but never advanced past the Western Conference semifinal round. The vultures circled around the Chivas brass when owner Jorge Vergara sold the club to the league in February. Rumors were abound that a possible relocation or rebranding of the club would be imminent. In September, league commissioner Don Garber announced the league would suspend operations of the club in 2015, in the hope that a prospective owner from the Los Angeles area would step in and take over operations from the league in the future.
The cessation of the Chivas club marks the beginning of MLS’ new plans for a second club in the City of Angels. “As part of our new strategy for Southern California — a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support — we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success,” spoke Garber of the strategy. The new club may launch alongside the Atlanta expansion club in 2017.
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