Football: MLS buys Chivas USA, plans to keep club in LA
NEW YORK (AFP) - Major League Soccer (MLS) has purchased Chivas USA and will operate the team this season while trying to sell the club, with the aim of keeping it in Los Angeles.
MLS announced on Thursday it was buying the club from owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, who will retain rights to the Chivas brand after its use this year on a transitional basis.
The team, which shares a home pitch with the Los Angeles Galaxy, will be operated by the league with new owners envisioned who will build a new stadium for the team, which will be rebranded with a new name after the 2014 campaign.
"We collectively agreed that it is best to sell the club to new owners who are committed to securing a new stadium and providing MLS with a strong rival for the Galaxy," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.