A report by Jose Maria Garrido on mediotiempo.com Wednesday claims Chivas USA is already busy with offseason changes (Spanish). With the team continuing to train ahead of Friday's friendly match against FC Tucson, observers have noticed that a number of players, including Edgar Mejia, Mario de Luna, Jaime Frias and Julio Morales have not been at training in recent days, leading to speculation that these players are already back in Guadalajara for good. Garrido also includes Jose Manuel Rivera and Daniel Antunez in that group, but both players have been out for a long period due to injuries, so that could be the reason they are out.
The article does note that the most successful Chivas de Guadalajara loanee, Erick Torres, will be back with Chivas USA for the 2014 season. If that is the case, it should be good news in the effort to build an effective attack next season.
Besides the player front, the article also notes that Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Real is already back in Guadalajara, apparently to not return as coach, and Chivas executive Juan Francisco "Paco" Palencia will be the Goats' coach for the 2014 season.
You will recall that in addition to Palencia overseeing Chivas USA on behalf of the owners and answering questions about discrimination lawsuits for the club on HBO, he also played for the team in 2005-06. Despite a long and successful playing career, mostly in Mexico, Palencia has no head coaching experience on any level. If he does indeed become Chivas USA's coach, he would be the fourth in team history with no head coaching experience, following Preki, Martin Vasquez, and Robin Fraser, with only the first of those men able to lead the team to the playoffs.
At this point, the article appears to be absolutely plausible, but it is still far from certain. You may recall that Dennis te Kloese told Univision last month that Real was remaining coach of Chivas USA, but as I said at the time, it is hard to know if one report or the other is incorrect or if management changed their minds. Of course, we will definitely remain on top of this story as it develops.
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