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MLS buys Chivas USA from Vergara and Fuentes; team to get new name and logo

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 3:47 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — The troubled tenure of Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes as owners of Chivas USA has ended with Major League Soccer purchasing the team.

MLS said Thursday it had assumed operation of the team, which had the second-worst record in the league last year at 6-20-8 and averaged a league-low 8,366 at home.

Vergara and Fuentes have controlled Chivas Guadalajara since 2002 and had a 50 percent in Chivas USA when it was created in 2004 and started play the following year. The pair took operating control of Chivas USA in August 2012 when they bought out former partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cue, who had been running the team.

MLS said Wilmer Cabrera, hired as coach on Jan. 9, will remain on the job.

The league said it will sell the team to an ownership group committed to keeping the team in the Los Angeles area but also intending to build a new stadium. Chivas USA shares the StubHub Center with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The team will use the Chivas USA name this year, then will get a new name and logo along with new owners.

"When Angelica and I gained full operational control of the team for the first time 15 months ago, we were hopeful we would be able to turn it around," Vergara said in a statement. "However, there is only one Chivas de Guadalajara, and we have realized that it will require more time, further resources, and a level of commitment that would divert too much of our focus from our other business interests."

Two former Chivas USA youth coaches, Daniel Calichman and Theothoros Chronopoulos, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the team last May in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming they were fired because they aren't Mexican or Latino. Chivas USA declined comment at the time.

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