Chivas USA joins the Chicago Stags, Cleveland Spiders, and Montreal Maroons as an answer to a trivia question about defunct teams.
Chivas USA, Major League Soccer’s second Los Angeles franchise and a little brother affiliate to a Guadalajara team, couldn’t quite forge its own identity. MLS pulled the plug on the decade-old soccer team on Monday.
The ill-fated franchise played its final game on Sunday, a 1-0 win over San Jose. Chivas, which means “female goats” in Spanish and “expensive scotch” in English, finished the 2014 campaign with a 9-19-6 record. Chivas attracted an average of just 7,063 fans per game in 2014, the only MLS team averaging in the four digits for fans attending home games.
Despite the loss of a team, MLS won’t be retracting.
“With the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC in 2015,” the league announced in a release, “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. The 2015 conference assignments are as follows.”
The league boasted just 11 teams when Chivas USA entered it. LA will once again launch a second MLS team, to compete with the Galaxy, in 2017.
The teams in the league will hold a special draft in November to divvy up Chivas USA’s players.