The MLS taketh away, and the MLS giveth.
On Monday, Major League Soccer announced its decision—effective immediately—to dissolve Chivas USA, the L.A.-based soccer team that shared StubHub stadium in Carson with the L.A. Galaxy and its owners with the Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara (that is, until the MLS purchased Chivas USA in February).
But the death of the team, which struggled to perform and find a mainstream fan base, is only half the news: the MLS also announced plans for a new L.A. club and a new soccer-specific stadium; the team’s ownership group will be heralded at an event Thursday and the club will debut at the start of the 2017 season.
“The news is obviously bittersweet for our loyal fans and dedicated partners,” wrote Chivas USA president Nelson C. Rodriguez in a letter to supporters posted at the former club’s Web site. “History will say many things about Chivas USA, but the one, undeniable truth will be that in every instance—no matter the circumstance, setting or outcome—our resiliency was supported by the indomitable spirit of our most loyal and proud fans.”