The news should come as no surprise. Chivas USA, sold back to MLS by its owners in February and playing before minuscule crowds this season, will
go on hiatus, ESPN FC reports
, while the club is being reorganized by
new owners and rebranded under a new name for a relaunch at a new home in the city of Los Angeles.
The ESPN FC report by Jeff Carlisle
states that the
club will be sold to an unknown investor for around $100 million but one of the conditions of the sale is that the club goes on hiatus. The report comes less than three weeks after SI.com's Brian Straus
that the new LA
team may take one or two years off.
New owners are looking to build a stadium to house the club. The primary focus has been on building a soccer stadium on the site of Sports Arena, the
home of the Lakers and Clippers years ago, next to USC.
MLS's primary focus for a new stadium has been in the city of Los Angeles, not elsewhere in Southern California. Chivas USA has
played all 10 seasons at StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy, in Carson. Its lease expires after this season.
MLS will expand in 2015 with the addition of New York City FC and Orlando
City FC. The loss of Chivas USA would drop the league to 20 teams. Its 21st team, Atlanta, is expected to start in 2017 when that city's new football stadium opens. A target date for the return of LA2
in 2017 would allow MLS to keep an even number of teams.
Chivas USA is last in the Western Conference with a 6-18-4 record, having lost seven games in a row, and it is last in MLS in
attendance with an average of 6,942 fans a game, the lowest in league history
Following the World Cup break, Chivas USA won four straight games, but since then it has earned one point in 12 games.