Wednesday Kicks: Galaxy passes on Chivas USA dispersal draft and more

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LA Galaxy allotted not-so-sweet 16th spot in Major League Soccer Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA players

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There goes any chance of the Galaxy snagging former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, as some fans who have messaged me lately had hoped (unless the club attempts to trade up, I guess).

The Galaxy will pick 16th out of the 20 MLS clubs when the draft is held Wednesday.

FC Dallas is first, and NYCFC second, BTW.

Also, MLS has announced a special pre-sale for its noon Dec. 7 title game, set for either Carson or Seattle, depending on whether the Galaxy or Sounders prevail in the Western Conference semifinal. The code is CUP5. Details here.

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Major League Soccer sets Nov. 19 dispersal draft date for former Chivas USA players

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The draft is set for 1 p.m. that day to be conducted with all 20 MLS clubs in a teleconference.

Here’s more from the MLS press release:

MLS, in participation with all 20 clubs, will conduct a weighted draw on Friday, Nov. 14 to determine the draft ranking. Using an envelope method, the MLS clubs that qualified for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs will receive one envelope, while all non-playoff teams, along with 2015 expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City SC, will be given two envelopes

Incidentally, more on the MLS future — or not — of former Chivas USA striker “Cubo” Torres is here.

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Should former Chivas USA enforcer Jesse Marsch be the coach of the new Los Angeles Major League Soccer franchise?

becksjesseIn your face: David Beckham and Jesse Marsch go nose-to-nose in the heyday of the LA SuperClasico (File photo).

The Golden Age for defunct MLS club Chivas USA was the trio of seasons it advanced to the playoffs back when the likes of hard-nosed Jesse Marsch patrolled the midfield, now EPL goalkeeper Brad Guzan was between the sticks and Cuban defector Maykel Galindo was banging in the goals for the Goats.

Marsch went on to an abbreviated coaching career for the expansion Montreal impact, but didn’t appear to get a fair shake from management.

If the new LA MLS club wants passion and commitment it could do a lot worse than Marsch, who was all about that during his inspirational Chivas USA career.

Full disclosure: Founder of Chivas USA fan group Black Army John Sadante made the suggestion during a conversation we had Sunday ahead of Thursday’s announcement about the MLS replacement for Chivas USA.

Anyone willing to kick a little butt is likely to inspire crowds like Chivas USA once saw back in the club’s Preki-led heyday. What do you think?

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Major League Soccer announces Chivas USA to cease operations immediately, new Los Angeles club announcement set for Thursday

finaltifoGoats Gone: Chivas USA fans showed their true colors one final time Sunday before MLS announced today the team was no more (Photo by Nick Green)

Here’s the press release in full that was just released by MLS:

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today a new strategy for the Los Angeles market. Effective immediately, Chivas USA will cease operations. On Thursday, Oct. 30, 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 20th season 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.

Here’s the reaction from MLS Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose:

“Real change has been needed for many years with respect to the Chivas franchise. Therefore, we are not surprised by today’s announcement.

The cessation of operations presents obvious challenges for the former Chivas players, and we are working with the league to make their transition to other teams as smooth as possible. Fortunately, with two new teams starting league play next
year, there will be more opportunities for these players to continue to showcase their talents in MLS.

We look forward to working with the new franchise when it re-enters MLS. The Los Angeles market can and will successfully support two MLS teams, and we are confident that the new franchise will learn from the mistakes made by Chivas, and will be successful in every way.”

More reaction:

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LANG MLS beat writer Phil Collin has more here, while this week’s soccer column on the demise of Chivas USA is here.

The MLS launch of the new Los Angeles team and ownership group is set for 11 a.m. Thursday in Hollywood.

 

 

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Wednesday Kicks: LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLagarza signs multi-year contract extension and more

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  • As incredible as it sounds for a team with just eight wins all season, Chivas USA is not only seeking to sweep Real Salt Lake tonight in the club’s penultimate game of the season, but with two wins in its last two games the team can claim a four-game win streak to end the season and register its best year since 2009.
  • With a crowd over 60,000 against the Galaxy in Seattle Saturday, the Sounders will set a new record MLS mark fior the sixth consecutive season.
  • Versatile Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza, 26, has signed a new multi-year contract with the club he has so far made more than 155 appearances for since being drafted in 2009. DeLaGarza is earning $157,500 with the club this year and was named its Defender of the Year last weekend for a second time. The Guam international (who also made a couple of appearances for the U.S.) has played every position this season on a Galaxy back line that has conceded the fewest goals in MLS.
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Major League Soccer Sunday: Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy face FC Dallas in Texas at 4 p.m. on ESPN2

Fresh off a triumphant finale to his U.S. career, Landon Donovan and the Galaxy are in Dallas as the run-in to the MLS playoffs continues ahead of two crunch games at Seattle that will shape the playoffs.

Finally, guess who won their second straight game?

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Watch: Monday Major League Soccer rewind, Landon Donovan’s last U.S. game and more

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The image above was included by U.S. Soccer this morning as they announced the 21-player roster for Friday’s game against Ecuador that included the LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez in addition to Landon Donovan, set to make his 157th and final U.S. appearance in the wake of Saturday’s latest Galaxy victory.

I’ll have more on Donovan in Tuesday’s column, in addition to today’s USWNT roster announcement for the beginning of World Cup qualification, which begins against a backdrop of litigation and other legal action over the turf in Canada and goalkeeper Hope Solo’s alleged domestic violence issues.

Meanwhile, the Goats are almost extinct it appears even as they finally post a win Sunday in Carson

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Reports of a Chivas USA hiatus gather steam

chivasusaReports that Chivas USA could go on hiatus for as long as two years while a stadium is built in the Los Angeles area have gained more credence with ESPNFC expanding upon an earlier Sports Illustrated story that had much the same theme.

The club is certainly weakening the MLS brand overall, while boring most soccer fans to tears year after pathetic year.

Personally, I’m not convinced any club can find a suitable site it will find successful unless that’s in downtown LA, but at least we could all be rid of the perennial embarrassment that is Chivas USA once and for all.

Experienced heads will be needed and I’m not sure if that description fits Alexi Lalas, who almost wrecked the Galaxy when he was in charge of the MLS flagship.

Good luck, guys:

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