This past year revealed the mess that was Chivas USA. Their problems were not only problems on the field, where they finished the season as the second worst team in the MLS, but also in their front office. Fans of Chivas want change and it looks like Chivas themselves want something different as well because sporting president Dennis te Kloese is no longer part of the team.
On Monday, news was reported by MLSSoccer.com about the new move. te Kloese was hired almost exactly one year from when he was fired; he started on December 24, 2012.
te Kloese was in charge of both the U.S. team and Chivas Guadalajara. He originally stated that he wanted to strengthen the link between Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara. The outcome has been less than satisfactory, as Chivas USA produced six wins and Guadalajara only two.
As of right now, it has not been announced if Chivas will hire another sporting president any time soon. The team is still looking for a head coach after dealing with two during the 2013 season.
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what a sporting president does. It seems like he oversees all the basic moves and acquisitions, but I haven’t been able to find a source telling me exactly what he does.
It’s pretty clear that something needs to change concerning the Los Angeles team; they’ve been the worst team in the Western Conference three out of the past four years (and 2nd worst that one other year). Although they sometimes look like they are improving, it generally seems like they get rid of their most promising players and make questionable coaching hires.