Nelson Rodriguez appointed Chivas USA President

Drew Hallowell

The league appoints a veteran of the league office to lead the Goats.

Chivas USA and Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that former MLS Executive Vice President of Competition, Technical and Game Operations Nelson Rodriguez has been appointed President of the club.

With MLS and their marketing arm SUM in several roles for the last 14 years, Rodriguez previously served as an executive for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and the 1994 World Cup organizing committee for Giants Stadium.

"I am thankful for the opportunity and recognize the responsibility in what is an important season for the club," said Rodríguez in a team statement. "Regardless of the ownership status, this team and staff will compete on all fronts and we look forward to the challenge."

Rodriguez will oversee business and sporting decisions for Chivas. New Goats' coach Wilmer Cabrera, who also formerly worked in the league office prior to his coaching career, will report to the new President during the transitional period before the team is sold to a new owner.

If Rodriguez's name is familiar, you may remember his videos explaining refereeing decisions and suspensions last year:

What do you think about the appointment? Leave a comment below!

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