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Never a dull moment with Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara

Aug 20, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

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Just when Chivas USA makes a little progress, takes a gentle stride forward in signing a respected leader in former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, along comes the club’s wheels off owner to remind everyone of how far this thing is from genuine stability.

Because if the owner, the man at the very tip-top of the organization, cannot be trusted to conduct a short interview without doing something to embarrass the club, well, what chance does Chivas USA really have?

Remember, just a month ago Vergara promised that Chivas USA “will become a protagonist in MLS and a champion like Chivas in Mexico.” Yes, he said that. He predicted championship stuff from a team that has still never won an MLS playoff series.

By the way, his “Chivas in Mexico” is currently 15th among 18 Liga MX teams. So there’s that.

Vergara said all kinds of wacky stuff in that interview.

There is also the unpleasant business of the ongoing lawsuits, much of which is tied into Vergara’s actions. Yes, “lawsuits,” plural. You may have missed it, but there is more than one now.

Well, either Vergara was having a bad day – or perhaps he is learning his lessons, figuring to bail out before he says something else that will get him in trouble. Because, well, this ..

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By the way, I talked to an MLS official during All-Star activities recently in Kansas City about all this. I asked straight out, what are the league’s options with Vergara and Chivas USA, where the situation is a drag on the rest of the league (my words, not his). He told me, “We just keep working with them to make things better. We don’t have any other options.”

  1. mdac1012 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Just when you think the situation at Chivas can’t get anymore pathetic.

  2. overtherepermanently - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I love this league so much, and it hurts to see this train wreck of a franchise drag it down. Chivas really is an embarrassment to the entire league. Their existence in this form makes a mockery of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign, making Garber et al look like hypocrites.

  3. hildezero - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    As a Mexican, I can tell you, my fellow Americans, that Jorge Vergara is a joke in Mexico. He wants only Mexicans playing for Guadalajara. So in Chivas he wants only spanish speaking players? A lot of Mexican league fans (which I’m not one), think that Guadalajara will get relegated this season. I personality hope they do, just to make Vergara notice how bad of an owner he is. The way I see Chivas in the MLS, is like a child holding on to it’s daddy’s leg and being dragged, because his dad is trying to go to work and move on with the day, but being hold back by it’s kid. Just plain ridiculous.

  4. bmorepositive123 - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Before MLS expands to 24, they should work on buying out Vergara. Rebrand the team and sell them to a more serious owner. The league would do well for itself to have an LA/LA rivalry at the same time as their new NYC/Redbulls rivalry.

    Also, doesn’t it seem a bit ridiculous to put 2 MLS teams in Florida? Almost every Florida professional team fails due to older/retired populations of fans. Orlando seems like a great team, but I’m not sold on Beckham starting a Miami team (the Fushion didn’t work).

    Why not have Beckham buy Chivas!!!!! Talk about an instant rivalry

    • funsunrunning - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Florida can successfully have 2 teams in the MLS, the teams that folded were in the era when the mls was struggling to survive, the american public didn’t even believe in the MLS yet. The team that needs to be an MLS team is the Tampa Bay Rowdies, great team, solid stadium that can be expanded and in a metro area with 4.3 million people. Orlanddo is getting decent crowds yes, but that city or organization clearly don’t measure up to the tampa bay Rowdies, not even close. Clearly tamp bay over miami or orlando or jacksonville who starts in the NASL in 2015.

  5. midtec2005 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    mlssoccer.com is reporting that there is interest in Sacramento to buy Chivas USA and move it there. That would be a great scenario… or at least it would get rid of Vergara.

    • funsunrunning - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Pf all the places Chivas shoudl go, Sacramento and Phoenix are 2 of the best options. A team name change is in order and drop chivas altogether. San Diego desperately needs an mls team but chIvas needs to move farther away than SD to go to a completely new market ie: Sacramento and Phoenix.

  6. talgrath - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I can’t seem to locate the interview (also, I suspect it may be in Spanish), any chance we can get some sort of log/translation of the interview?

  7. hildezero - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Phoenix would be perfect. I think it’s like 5th or 6th as in the biggest metro area in the country and there are a lot of soccer fans in PHX.

  8. ktasay - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Is it too much to hope that MLS can claim ‘breach of contract’ regarding Chivas USA? After all for this year and at least part (if not all of last) there was no local TV contract, little or no advertising, players being signed then being ‘loaned/traded’ to CG.

    To me it sounds like they’ve legally failed to live up to expectations the league has established in many areas. MLS should just refund Vegara’s original fee and resell the team to the highest bidder!

  9. funsunrunning - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    LEts Hope they get Chivas bought out and moved somewhere. I’m all for Sacramento

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