Season Preview: Chivas USA

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Chivas USA had a horrible season in 2013. Will that change in 2014?

Chivas USA had a hard year last season, and this year looks to be no different. Sure, early indications are that this season’s squad will actually resemble a professional soccer club, but they’re still mired in a super-competitive conference without a competent front office.

The Goal

Improvement, on the field and in fan attendance, has to be the goal. Fortunately, improving on last season’s league-worst 26 points and abysmal attendance figures is a low bar.

Key Acquisitions

  • Mauro Rosales acquired via Re-Entry Draft
  • Andrew Jean-Baptiste acquired via trade with Portland

Key Departures

  • Mario de Luna sent back to CD Guadalajara
  • Jaime Frias sent back to CD Guadalajara
  • Edgar Mejia sent back to CD Guadalajara
  • Julio Morales sent back to CD Guadalajara
  • Tristan Bowen traded to Seattle
  • Jorge Villafana traded to Portland
  • Gabriel Farfan loaned to Chiapas

Remaining Issues

Until Chivas USA gets a new owner, it’s hard to imagine things getting back to competent. American coaches will rightly see the opportunity as a career-killer, while players will avoid going there unless they’re desperate.

Predictions

Chivas USA will get more than the 26 points it earned last season, but the side will still finish at the bottom of the league in points. Fan attendance will remain at the bottom of the league.

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