MLS Liquidate Chivas USA, Set to Unveil New LA Franchise

October 27, 2014

Major League Soccer (MLS) has unveiled a new strategy for the Los Angeles market with a new LA franchise set to be unveiled.

As part of the new strategy, stuff Chivas USA will cease operations and on Oct. 30, sale the League will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group.  The new club will begin play in 2017. 

The decision on Chivas USA was made unanimously by the MLS Board of Governors, after a comprehensive review of the League’s strategy for the Los Angeles market.  As a result of this decision, the League will play with 20 clubs in the 2015 season. 

“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. 

With the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC in 2015, MLS will have 20 clubs for the league’s 20thseason and will feature a new conference alignment.  Most notably, the Houston Dynamo and 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City will move to the Western Conference, creating two 10-team conferences.

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