Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rodriguez named Chivas USA president
by Paul Kennedy, February 26th, 2014 1:28PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  chivas usa, mls, soccer business

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Nelson Rodriguez, the longtime executive at the MLS league office, has been appointed president of Chivas USA. He'll be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Chivas USA’s operations as MLS searches for a new ownership group.

The move follows MLS's purchase of Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. The league will operate the club until a new ownership group is finalized. Wilmer Cabrera, who joined the club Jan. 9, will continue in his position as head coach and report to Rodriguez.

“I have had the privilege of working with Nelson for over 14 years and am very pleased that he has agreed to serve as the president of Chivas USA," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a statement. "Based on his long experience on both the business and sporting side of our game, I have great confidence that he will provide strong leadership for the club during this transition year."

Rodriguez spent 14 years at the MLS league office, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition, Technical and Game Operations. In early January, it was reported that Rodriguez had resigned and would step down from his position at the end of January.

Rodriguez had worked for the 1994 World Cup local organizing committee for the Giants Stadium venue, served as a coach at Lafayette and was an executive with the MetroStars before joining MLS. He rose quickly through the ranks as he worked on a number of international initiatives for SUM, MLS's marketing and events arm.

“I am thankful for the opportunity and recognize the responsibility in what is an important season for the club,” said Rodriguez. “Regardless of the ownership status, this team and staff will compete on all fronts and we look forward to the challenge.”
 
In its statement, MLS said it will resell the club to a new ownership group that is committed to building a new stadium and keeping the team in Los Angeles and it has had initial discussions with a number of very qualified potential owners and intends to finalize an agreement with a new group sometime this year.

Chivas USA will play at StubHub Center, where it has one year left on its lease, though the rebranded team would likely remain there until it moves into a stadium of its own in the Los Angeles area.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Gold Cup: Chicharito out with broken collarbone    
Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who has been linked to a move to MLS's Orlando City, ...
What They're Saying: Jill Ellis    
"I have absolute faith and trust in our medical team to do the right thing. I ...
What They're Saying: Sepp Blatter    
"I am a religious person and pray, too. I own a golden cross that has been ...
Video Pick: Carli Lloyd recalls Jersey roots     
If you want to know more about U.S. Women's World Cup captain Carli Lloyd, scorer of ...
Three takeaways from Japan-England     
Defending champion Japan returned to the Women's World Cup final thanks to a 2-1 win over ...
ICYMI | MLS: 'Sky is the limit' for Fire's Magee    
The return of 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee comes at a good time for the Chicago ...
Jordan Morris will miss at least month with stress fracture    
Rampant speculation over the short-term and long-term futures of Stanford University and U.S. forward Jordan Morris ...
Open Cup: Red Bulls pound Cosmos, SKC's Dywer hits four    
A year ago, the New York Red Bulls were crushed by the New York Cosmos, 3-0, ...
USL Roundup: Schuler on the way back    
Defender Chris Schuler, an important player for Real Salt Lake, marked his comeback by playing for ...
U.S. Abroad: Cody Cropper joins MK Dons    
American goalkeeper Cody Cropper has signed with MK Dons, which last season won promotion from the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives