By Benson Petit-Clair
In a major announcement on Thursday, Major League Soccer announced that the league has purchased troubled franchise Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes.
According to a press release, the league will be assuming operational control, appointing a new president during the interim period and resell the club to a new ownership group that will be committed to building a new stadium and keeping the team in Los Angeles.
“We thank Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes for their significant commitment to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said on Thursday. “Jorge was an early believer in the league and he and Angelica have been great partners in MLS. We collectively agreed that it is best to sell the club to new owners who are committed to securing a new stadium and providing MLS with a strong rival for the LA Galaxy.”
The team is expected to keep the name Chivas USA for the 2014 MLS season on a transitional basis and will be rebranded with a new name and logo when the permanent owners take over the Los Angeles franchise.
After entering the league in 2005 as an expansion club, Chivas has posted a 83-130-73 record in 286 matches.
Chivas USA will open the 2014 MLS season at home against Chicago Fire on March 9.
Andrew Jean Baptiste, a Haitian-American defender, is currently playing for Chivas. He joined the club last December following a swap with the Portland Timbers for Jorge Villafaña.