Club Deportivo Chivas USA
is an American professional soccer
club based in the Los Angeles
suburb of Carson, California
that competes in Major League Soccer
(MLS), the top professional soccer
league in the United States of America
The club became MLS's eleventh team upon their expansion into the league in 2004 (following the demise of Tampa Bay Mutiny
and Miami Fusion
several years previously), and was intended to be seen as a "little brother" to its parent club Guadalajara
, one of the most widely supported and successful teams in Mexico
. In Spanish
", and is the nickname of CD Guadalajara.
Chivas USA plays its home games at The Home Depot Center
in Carson, which it shares with its rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy
. The club is owned by Jorge Vergara Madrigal
, owner of CD Guadalajara
, and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro
and is a subsidiary of Chivas USA Enterprises LLC, which is led by Cué.
Founded on August 2, 2004, as Major League Soccer's then-eleventh team, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved some success in just six seasons in MLS. In 2007, the Mexican-owned club finished first in the Western Conference
, qualifying for the playoffs
for the second year in a row.
In 2005, Chivas USA kicked off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer
at The Home Depot Center
with a 2-0 loss to then MLS Cup
Champions D.C. United
on April 2, 2005, under the guidance of Chivas USA’s first head coach Thomas...