The Chivas USA Mess Goes To HBO

The Chivas USA Mess Goes To HBO

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2013

This has been an interesting year in Chivas USA land. The coaching changes, the ownership fun, the large amount of turn over . Then the big one, claims of racial discrimination from former Chivas USA Academy coaches Teddy Chronopoulos and Dan Calichman, and a lawsuit filed claiming wrongful termination on the basis of racial discrimination.

HBO “Real Sports” with Brian Gumbel aired a special report last night that highlighted the mess.

Soledad O’Brien talked to Chronopoulos and Calichman, former Chivas USA defender James Riley, and former Chivas USA player and current Director of Soccer Paco Palencia, among others, in the segment.

In case you missed the premiere last night, the HBO “Real Sports” story about alleged employment bias by Chivas USA will appear again tonight on HBO2 at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, Saturday at 11 a.m. on HBO and become available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO starting Monday.

Here is a preview clip from the show:

The league has finally broken their silence as well on the matter.

MLS declined an on-camera interview but did issue this statement to Steve Goff at the Washington Post:

“Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for discrimination or prejudice of any kind and is committed to diversity and fairness,” Commissioner Don Garber said.  “We are proud of our record in those areas and expect our owners and clubs to live up to the League’s high standards.  Although the allegations in this lawsuit raise serious issues, it would not be appropriate for us to say anything more while the litigation is ongoing.”

Goff apparently requested numerous times for comments from Garber and the league on the matter. Each time he was denied.

This is such a sticky, messy situation for MLS to be in.