Due to its growing reputation and respectable aspirations, it’s time for Major League Soccer to distant itself from the disease that is Chivas USA.
Disaster, atrocious and crippling, are a couple of words that describes the Los Angeles based franchise accurately. The Los Angeles Galaxy underwhelming neighbors has done nothing but hurt the league’s growing reputation.
Formerly owned by Mexican business moguls, Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, the club was purchased by the MLS in February 2014 with plans to sell it to new owners.
The statement released by the league on its website said, “In the coming months, the league will resell the club to a new ownership group that will be committed to building a new stadium and keeping the team in Los Angeles.”
Even though the league is trying it’s best to erase the team’s memory by changing its name and logo for the 2015 season, Commissioner Don Garber has to consider terminating the franchise. In other words, it’s time to award another city a franchise.
There are multiple reasons why this suggestion has been made, one of them been the clubs history of racial discrimination. According to ESPNFC.com, in 2013, it was reported that Vergara told his employees during a meeting, “If you don’t speak Spanish, you can go work for the Galaxy, unless you speak Chinese, which is not even a language.”
It’s also been reported that the club only values Mexican American players. This claim has been backed by several trades of big name players like Juan Agudelo, James Riley, Danny Califf, Shalrie Joseph, and many more.
The most shocking trade was Agudelo’s trade to New England Revolution in exchange for allocation money. The highly regarded young forward was one of the biggest names in the league and had recorded two goals and one assist from six appearances for Chivas in the 2013 season.
Another valuable reason is the club inhabitance of the same city and stadium as the league’s alpha dog; LA Galaxy.
The city of Los Angeles isn’t big enough for two soccer teams. According to mlssoccer.com, 6,082 spectators were on hand to watch “the goats” last home game, while 20,847 people attended the Galaxy’s last home game.
It’s reasonable to expect the Galaxy to top Chivas in average attendance because of the popularity David Beckham’s acquisition brought the team. And also, having two of the greatest international goal scorers, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, on your roster will gain people’s attention.
The ability to capture positive attention is the difference between the two clubs. Chivas continues to make the news for being a racist organization, while the Galaxy continues to buy big name players. Chivas continues to ship into its starting lineup, players who can’t get a minute in the Mexican league, while the Galaxy are breeding future national team stars like Jack McBean and Gyasi Zardes.
And finally, the MLS should terminate the franchise because losing is in its gene. In its first season in the league, Chivas collected an abysmal 18 points from 32 games. Although the club enjoyed success the next four years with players like Sasha Kljestan and Brad Guzan on the team, it returned to its most comfortable spot in the Western Conference table: the bottom.
Since then, there has been no sign of life from the “goats.” The club has been dead last in its conference for the past two seasons, and it’s still occupying that spot 10 weeks into the 2014 MLS season.
It’s time for the league to count its losses. Terminate the black mole that continues to suck its reputation down and award a city like Sacramento or San Antonio a franchise that’ll attract news sets of eyes and increase the leagues popularity around the nation and the world.
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