The big news, in case you haven't heard, is the naming of Arturo Gálvez as President and Chief Business Officer of Chivas USA, in place of José David. Gálvez is an internal hire within the Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas group, where he's served as "International and Legal Director" of Chivas de Guadalajara and Deportivo Saprissa. He's said to have been a part of Vergara's complete acquisition of Chivas USA and the creation of Liga MX.
With this year's allegations of discriminatory hiring practices at Chivas USA, a shakeup at the front office was in order, and it was only a matter of time before something occurred. In other words, we saw this coming. Someone had to go and Chivas USA will continually purge itself of people it considers negative to the club's image and perception, due to the allegations made.
But don't hold your breath expecting Vergara to distance himself.
On the field, Chivas USA haven't done too bad in the 3 away ties under Jose Luis Real. In those matches, Chivas scored 3 and allowed 3 goals in all three games. It's worth noting that those teams that Chivas tied are playoff-caliber, but the Goats are still far from being road warriors as they've not won on the road in this Jose Luis Real era and instead have lost 6.
In another shakeup, Marky Delgado, who has been performing well and starting regularly, announced that he'll undergo surgery for a torn meniscus and will be out the rest of the season.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
In UEFA Champions League action, Carlos Vela and Real Sociedad were dealt a hard blow as they dropped 3 points at home against Shakhtar Donetsk, in a 2-0 loss. Vela missed the equalizer, seeing his header hit the crossbar. It doesn't get any easier for Sociedad as they visit Bayern Leverkusen on October 2nd and Manchester United on October 23rd. Real Sociedad complete their round robin with Shakhtar on November 27th.
Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht also lost by the same score, away at Benfica. Kljestan played all 90 minutes. Anderlecht receive Olympiakos on October 2nd and Paris Saint-Germain on October 23rd, before completing their round robin with Benfica on November 27th.
In Liga Bancomer MX action, Chivas de Guadalajara settled for a 2-2 tie with Club Tijuana in a game that they nearly lost if it wasn't for Marco Fabian's late equalizer. Chivas now sit 15th (out of 18) with a -7 goal differential after 9 games played. Chivas will take on Carlos Slim's Club Leon for the next two weeks in both Copa MX and Liga MX tournament play. Chivas are doing better in Copa MX, being tied for first place with Leon. In what is expected to be a heated series, the Chivas front office asked its supporters without tickets to these games to not to travel to Leon to prevent heated confrontations. And yes, there will be roadblocks where visitors must show tickets.
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