- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 20, 2013
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- Chivas USA Stadium, Features, Stadium Talk
The City of Los Angeles wants to build a soccer stadium, and subsequently wants to land a Major League Soccer franchise to inhabit its new downtown location. This comes from a recent community draft report seeking to elevate the city’s collegiate and professional sports profile and bring tourism dollars downtown.
Los Angeles has been working hard these last few years to get a downtown football stadium, near the Staples Center to lure a NFL team, so it only makes sense for them to throw soccer in the mix now as well. The desired soccer stadium would also not be reliant upon the Famers Field stadium projec falling through. In fact, they’d both exist in downtown Los Angeles.
The report states that Los Angeles Convention Center officials will assume a “leadership role in working with the Mayor and City Council to identify a [soccer] team, a potential site and a viable business plan prior to the end of calendar year 2013.”
The big question on everyone’s mind now is, who the hell will occupy this stadium?
You would think the city would love to get the LA Galaxy out of their comfortable digs at the StubHub Center, a stadium 16 miles from downtown in Carson but that seems highly unlikely.
So the next logical choice is Chivas USA, who currently share the StubHub Center with the Galaxy. Chivas has been looking for a stadium of their own to call home for years now. A move into the city would certainly hit all the right boxes on their check list too. Though I doubt it would hit the box that is marked re-brand that everyone else wants to see crossed off.
It does seem crazy to think that a third team could be a target for this stadium. MLS just signed up their second club in New York City for 2015 and Orlando is making waves to join the league around the same time as well. Not to mention we all know that David Beckham seems linked or destined to be in Miami with a club. But then again, crazier things have happened in this league.