MLS officially pulls the plug on Chivas USA

MLS officially pulls the plug on Chivas USA

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 27, 2014

It was dubbed a new strategy for the Los Angeles market but no matter how you spin it, Chivas USA is now joining the ranks of the Miami Fusion and the Tampa Bay Mutiny as a former MLS team. MLS announced on Monday that the league is ceasing operations on the LA-based club and will announced a new owner on October 30.

The new owners will have two years to get things in order as they will begin play in 2017, the same year as the new Atlanta club.

“As part of our new strategy for Southern California — a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support — we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

MLS will hold a dispersal draft sometime in November. Reports are already circulating that Erick Torres will not be apart of that draft but will likely be subject to another type draft of his own.