Report: Coaching Change Possible at Chivas USA

Jorge Vergara, the owner of both Chivas teams - the USA version and the original in Guadalajara - announced coaching changes in a press conference today that could affect both teams.
Breaking a period of media silence, Jorge Vergara, who owns both Club Deportivo de Guadalajara in Mexico and Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, held a press conference this morning and spoke on the future of both teams. His statements were reported on the club website, as well as other media outlets.

He focused primarily on the Guadalajara club, explaining that although coach Efraín Flores would remain in charge of the club, Omar Arellano was being recalled from Atletico Madrid in Spain, where he'd been serving as an assitant.

"Omar went to Europe to learn, and he learned a lot from Javier [Aguirre]," said Vergara in the conference.

Vergara admitted that he saw Arellano as a future coach for the club, but maintained that for the present, Flores would remain in charge.

"Right now, [Arellano] is an assistant," Vergara

The official Chivas site mentioned that Vergara also said that a present assistant coach at Guadalajara, Luis Manuel Díaz, would move to Chivas USA to serve as an assistant.

This was news to official Chivas USA media relations staff, who explained that they had not been informed of any incoming coaching staff.

One report was even more specific about how the MLS club could be affected. reported that Díaz was going to Chivas USA to be the assistant of a new head coach that would be named in a short while.

That would mean, of course, that Vergara is planning to dismiss 2007 MLS Coach of the Year Preki, who led Chivas USA to the playoffs in every year of his tenure, but failed to get the team past the opening round both times.

Vergara also mentioned that Francisco Mendoza, currently a midfielder for Chivas USA, could be brought back to Mexico as one of the reinforcements for the Guadalajara club.

All the changes, or even some, could amount to a stunning shakeup at the club that finished second in the Western Conference last season.

--Andrea Canales,