Chivas USA is finally back in the league spotlight, but unfortunately for them, it involves being sold and eventually being renamed. The move has been a long time coming and is something that many MLS fans are excited to finally have happen.
After attending MLS Commissioner Don Garber‘s teleconference this afternoon, it was nice to know that he and the league are moving forward in a positive manner and are extremely grateful for the work and dedication of Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. Does this deal mean that Chivas will be moving out of Los Angeles finally? No, not at all. Garber made it very clear that the deal involves keeping the team in the LA area. Which from an already established fanbase that is a good thing, but on the other side, why not find an owner that would take the club to an area in the US that is already pushing for an MLS team.
Cities like Atlanta, Nashville, Sacramento and St. Louis are already making pushes for the next MLS team. Even San Antonio has been rumored to be making a push for one. The idea makes sense though, LA already has the Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes are just five hours north and always provide some of the very best soccer all season.
The move is one of the better ones the league has made in awhile, but I am still not completely sold on the idea of keeping the team in and around the LA area. Garber mentioned multiple times that he loves the idea of the Galaxy vs. Chivas USA derby, which looking back over past games, the Galaxy have outright dominated the series.
Back on Oct. 6, 2013, LA blasted five goals against the “goats” of Chivas. Both Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane netted two goals a piece. This is just one such example of this “derby” being a failure. With a new team and new players it may change the dynamic of the game and make it more along the lines of what the Galaxy vs. Earthquakes game is every season.
Overall, the move is a good one for the league and it will be interesting to see what direction the new club goes. Garber has stated that Chivas will be the same for the 2014 season and if all goes well, the 2015 season will see a brand new team ready for action.
As a side note, if that does happen, MLS will have three new teams starting play in 2015. New York City FC, Orlando City and whatever name Chivas gets. People say the league is not full of excitement like the EPL or Serie A, but with all these moves slated for the upcoming seasons, the league is only getting better and more respectable.
Be sure to check out the other Chivas USA articles on Rant Soccer by Matthew Evans and Phil Naegely. As more news develops, Rant Soccer will be your best source to find out what is happening and how it affects the league.