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About that Chivas USA rumor: ‘Incorrect,’ says Major League Soccer

May 8, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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Major League Soccer’s league office was quick to respond to this one – the story, originally reported by ESPN Deportes, that had Chivas USA’s franchise in jeopardy. According to the original report, MLS was reviewing the team’s status, considering revoking the franchise and offering it up to the highest bidder. That would start a cascade of events that could see the team league run, moved, sold, and …

And none of that’s going to happen. At least, if it’s going to happen, it’s not in the works right now.

In a statement distributed by the league’s Executive Vice President of Communications Dan Courtemache, the league clarified its position, explaining Chivas USA is in no such trouble:

That report is incorrect. MLS remains supportive of Chivas USA’s plans. The ESPN Deportes writer did not contact MLS about Chivas USA. 

And, to be fair, neither did I or anybody else do picked up Deportes’ reporting. Courtemache and his team, however, were quick to clean up any potential controversy once the fires started spreading. With the Juan Agudelo trade and local television issues serving as post hoc rationale for a story that was never true, this was rumor gone wild – nothing more.

There’s clearly some reason to keep an keep on Chivas USA, but that doesn’t mean the Goats are going to close shop any time soon. There’s really no way MLS could have made it any clearer: They are “supportive” not only of Chivas USA but the club’s “plans.”

So that’s that. Chivas USA remains a curiosity, but not an expiring one.

  1. talgrath - May 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Except it’s very possible the league is saying this isn’t happening to try to keep the price high. Just because the league says it won’t happen doesn’t mean it won’t, they aren’t under oath.

  2. chadmoon1 - May 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This needs to happen, even if the league says it’s not happenning at the moment. It needs to be sold, moved to San Diego, and renamed. Period. The experiment failed miserably. Own up to that fact and salvage what you can MLS!

  3. SD1 Timbers Special Forces - May 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    No one in San Diego wants them. Why do people believe you move a franchise to locations based on a where it would make sense, but only on paper.

    Chivas will never move nor should they. They most definitely need to stay in LA. We need the second team there so we can draw more players to MLS in the most attractive market. Chivas is currently not that team unfortunately. If they could rebrand as Chivas Los Angeles or leave out the Chivas all together, they’d have a much easier time attracting Hispanics or anyone. If your family are Tigres or Puebla fans, it will be hard to support your rivals. Chivas isn’t the only team that Mexicans support or follow, so it’s kinda arrogant to believe you have an entire demographic to yourself by using the Chivas brand.

    But this kind of news wouldn’t be so bad for MLS. I think we all can agree to that.

  4. overtherepermanently - May 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This franchise needs to get shit canned. Keep them in LA, but re-brand and build a stadium. Or move them. Just drop the Chivas and the incompetent management.

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