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Chivas USA’s future hanging in the balance

May 17, 2013, 7:31 AM EDT

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Various reports this morning are speculating the future of Chivas USA.

With attendances down 38 percent, no local TV deal in place and the Goats sitting in last place in the Western conference, rumors of Major League Soccer stepping in and buying out owner Jorge Vergara persist.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of talk.

Remember a few weeks ago when the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, was said to be interested in acquiring the Chivas brand from Vergara? Well he could be back in. Big time.

A tweet from New York based sports agent Ron Waxman — who is agent to former USMNT coach Bob Bradley and current Chivas ‘keeper Dan Kennedy amongst others — gives the details of a deal between Slim and MLS.

So yeah, it’s at a very ‘he said,’ then ‘she said’ stage. But still, these rumors keep persisting and the stats are there for everyone to see. Reports out of Mexico believe a deal could be reached later today.

However last week MLS did comment on the matter, saying rumors regarding Chivas’ future were “incorrect” and that the league was “supportive of Chivas USA’s plans.”

(More: Chivas USA up for sale? World’s richest man in talks)

But reports from several sources this morning suggest that couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to Mexican newspaper Record, Chivas USA owner Vergara will sell the club to the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, as early as this afternoon. It also states that this season would be Chivas USA’s last season in existence. Possibly moving the franchise to New York City, Miami or re-branding it in Los Angeles.

Everything is up in the air.

Slim is said to have negotiated the sale of his two Liga MX clubs, Pachuca and León, with Chivas’ supporters begging for some transparency regarding the franchises future. The ‘Goat Parade’ blog spells out the story and examines the clubs future.

This whole situation has got very messy, very quickly.

So many rumors are flying around, it is difficult to know their validity and strength. However, one thing is for certain.

The future of Chivas USA is hanging in the balance. Their fans need answers. Now.

(More: MLS backs Chivas USA, says rumors are “incorrect”)

  1. overtherepermanently - May 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    As much as I feel for the fanbase, purging this abomination of a club from MLS will be a huge boon for the league. Let’s hope the good supporters of Chivas get their own LA team in their own stadium.

    • overtherepermanently - May 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Leagues eats the cost of buying the team, sells to Beckham? Does that line up too conveniently?

  2. Abram Chamberlain - May 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    This could potentially be great for Chivas USA, or this could be another hot mess. I’m inclined to think it’s a hot mess waiting to happen.

  3. mlsconvert88888 - May 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    This really does need to happen for the good of MLS. The MLS wants it’s clubs to be taken seriously in the CCL when going against Liga MX teams, and yet, one of the MLS franchises has the stated purpose of being a farm club for a Liga MX team? The very existence of Chivas in the MLS insinuates that the MLS is inferior to Liga MX (which at this point is still probably the truth) so if they’re serious about trying to elevate the league, the first thing that needs to go is the Mexican farm club.
    I would hope they keep it in LA and try and rebuild off of the small yet passionate bit of a fan base they have left though.

  4. dfstell - May 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Cool news. C-USA is a reason why I never understand people’s resistance to pro/rel. If you run your team like a moron, you get relegated and related until your team finds it’s true and fair level of play. Granted….we’re not there now, but i wish….

    Anything that brings better/richer/more-committed ownership groups to MLS is an unqualified great thing.

    • dws110 - May 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Whoever buys Chivas USA (or NY2, or wherever) is not just buying a soccer club, they’re buying what amounts to an MLS franchise. It’s an important point, and it’s exactly why MLS will never have pro/rel. Every ownership agreement in the league gives the clubs/owners the right to play in MLS, not to play in the PDL or NASL or any other tier. Resistance is futile.

      Pro/rel in MLS will never happen, because contractually between the league and the owners, it can’t. The downside is that, based on the Chivas model, you can run your team like a moron.

  5. midtec2005 - May 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I think they should be put in another California city. It’s too bad thats not one of the rumors mentioned here (San Diego). On top of that, Columbus should move to Dayton. Dayton would pack the house, in Columbus they have to compete with OSU football. Anyone from Ohio knows that NOTHING can compete with OSU football. It dominates the entire state.

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