ESPN's Jeff Carlisle dropped a really great article on the Chivas USA situation on Thursday that's worth a read. Seriously, go read it in its entirety, because it is jam-packed with information.
Here are some of the highlights/notable notes:
- Despite MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirming the possibility of a team hiatus for 2015, perhaps longer, Carlisle reports that there is a contingent at the league office that is "dead set against the idea of Chivas USA going on hiatus. The thinking is that such a decision would create an impression of instability, despite the impressive momentum the league has generated in recent years."
- In fact, the prospect of a hiatus may be coming directly from the prospective owner, as a condition of paying approximately $100 million for the team. So it may not be the league pushing this move, but rather the next owner (assuming a deal goes through).
- Current Chivas USA president Nelson Rodriguez has approached the league about keeping the current name for "another season" (I would assume 2015).
- First-year USL PRO side Sacramento Republic FC did indeed try to buy Chivas USA, in order to move the club to NorCal, but MLS turned them down.
- And a killer quote from Rodriguez:
"Everything is a function of time and money, both of those. And so if sufficient resources were applied, I think a rebrand could still take shape. I also think if we returned as Chivas USA, but improved our investment on promotion, and marketing and driving fans to the game, I think we could still be successful."
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