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Another MLS coaching vacancy opens as Chivas USA manager is … uh … “promoted”

Nov 25, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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The league’s most unstable club is at it again.  As I said on Twitter earlier today, “Chivas gonna Chivas.”

More accurately, of course, it would be “Chivas USA gonna Chivas USA.” But that just doesn’t have the same ring-a-ding-ding, now does it?

Either way, what else can you say about the Chivas USA bus, habitually swerving all over the road, all crazy and directionless, ever a threat to drive plum into the next ditch?

Today comes word that Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Real has been named manager of the mother ship, Chivas de Guadalajara of Mexico’s Liga MX. Which means Chivas USA of piddling little MLS is looking for a coach again.

If they hurry, they can have their third in this calendar year.

So, what’s worse in all this: that more proof has arrived that the Chivas organization treats its MLS entry as a feeder unit, just some storage facility along the 405 in Southern California to stash a prospect or a manager for future use at somewhere, you know … that matters?

I mean, when else do we say that an MLS manager is “promoted” from within the organization? What is this, soccer’s version of the minor league Davenport Blue Sox?

Or is it worse that a man was “promoted” after steering Chivas USA to a 3-12-6 record in MLS matches. That was Chivas USA under Real; apparently that bog of “not much” qualifies as a stirring success for the StubHub Center’s second tenant.

(Word to all Chivas USA supporters: I love you. And respect you. Truly! … I get on your club because I want it to be better, because I want the organization’s top suits to stop treating your club like a mini-warehouse you rent by the month to store your disused furniture and that old mini fridge.)

There are now three MLS coaching vacancies: FC Dallas, Chivas USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

  1. hildezero - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    “Which means Chivas USA of piddling little MLS is looking for a coach again.”

    Ah, damn dawg. You’re taking shots at your own league that you cover for. MLS isn’t little. It’s a big league with more clubs.

    • Steve Davis - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Surely you read the entire piece, right? And you recognize the tone (and the sarcasm in that one line)? I can’t tell if you’re playing along or what …

    • danielofthedale - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Clearly that was sarcasm.

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Chivas laughing stake? No comment

  3. danielofthedale - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    The league really needs to by this team, re-brand it, and probably move it to San Diego or Phoenix.

    • mikeevergreen - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Sell it to David Beckham and Lebron James, and they can move it to Miami.

  4. hildezero - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    XD Ohh… Alright. I get it. Good one. Lol

  5. fpllad - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    How do you think David Beckham’s new MLS franchise well get on?

  6. tylerbetts - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I feel like “Chivas Gonna Chivas” should be a tag for blog entries on this site.

    Or a sub-blog of its own …

    • Steve Davis - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Splendid idea. I’ll bring it up at our next PST staff pancake breakfast!

  7. mikeevergreen - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Given that Chivas is the cheapest franchise, can MLS buy it back and sell it to someone who cares at least?

    • talgrath - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      The problem is that technically Vergara can set any price he wants for the team, regardless of what Forbes says it is worth. Basically MLS would need to find some way to show that Vergara is hurting the league to push him out; it’s possible the still pending discrimination lawsuit could be the nudge necessary if it succeeds. That said, MLS (at least publicly) doesn’t seem that interested in finding someone to replace Vergara as the owner, but given how shadowy MLS deals can be, it may very well be that they are already setting up legal action or another buyer or something similar.

  8. footballer4ever - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM


    I really doubt that Vergara will accept 25 million USD when he can get more. Also, don’t think Beckham wants to buy a cursed goat even if they “cleanses” for free.

    • talgrath - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Why would Beckham be the buyer? His 25 million franchise fee only applies to a new MLS franchise, not purchasing another one. The buyer wouldn’t necessarily be Beckham, there are other groups out there trying to get an MLS franchise.

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