Chivas USA History
Club Deportivo Chivas USA is a professional soccer team that came into existence on
August 2, 2004. It started as the eleventh team in Major League Soccer’s (MLS). Its
first season was 2005 and the team’s first head coach was Thomas Rongen. Chivas
USA tickets were initially difficult to obtain.
Their first season was a bit of a disappointment. After ten games they had a record
of 1-8-1 with their only win coming against another expansion team called the Real
Salt Lake. Then there were changes in management, Rongen becoming the team’s
sporting director with the Javier Ledesma taking the role of interim head coach. On
November 23, 2005 Bob Bradley became Chivas USA’s third head coach in a single
year. Their 2006 season saw the team improve drastically and earn a trip to the
playoffs. The MLS Coach of the year was awarded to Bradley, which made him the
first person to win the award twice. After this Chivas USA tickets were selling well.
Predrag “Preski” Radosavljevic became Chivas USA’s fourth coach. Under his
leadership the team had its most successful year during the 2007 season. They came
in first place in MLS’s Western Conference, but lost during the playoffs to the Kansas
City Wizards. Brad Guzan, the team’s goal keeper, was named MLS’s Panasonic
Goalkeeper of the year. The coach Preki Radosavljevic was named MLS Coach of the
Chivas USA participated in an official international tournament for the first time in
2008. Two of their team members Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein also played
on the MLS All Star team.
Robin Fraser is currently the Head coach of Chivas USA and became the team’s head
coach on January 4, 2011.