Te Kloese: “We have to impose our identity on and off the field”
With less than one month remaining until a revamped Chivas USA takes the field, FutbolMLS.com checked in with the club's sporting president Dennis te Kloese, who oversees both Chivas USA and its sister club in Mexico, Chivas Guadalajara.
“I think the first step has been to give some order to the club and to the selection of players. We’re still formalizing several things the team needs in order to represent what Chivas is,” said te Kloese on an exclusive interview with FutbolMLS.com. "We want that when fans see us play, we leave them a pleasant impression and something positive."
Te Kloese also commented on the club's new approach to player recruitment during the offseason, which will also feature an increasing focus on talent developed locally in Southern California.
"Los Angeles is one of the most interesting places to capture talent and one of the richest places as far as players are concerned," te Kloese said. "It's also a huge opportunity for the Mexican-American community to get closer to Chivas.”
Although many of the club's player personnel moves have created some heated debate during the offseason in MLS circles, te Kloese makes it clear that Chivas USA are in tune with the team's identity more than ever before.
"The identity of Chivas USA is clear to the fan base: It's closely tied to Mexico, ambitious, with tradition and it's an important obligation for us to impose this identity. We have to do it on the field as well as off it.
"It's not about being a farm team for CD Guadalajara, but about becoming a club that has its own interests and a club that is adapted to MLS. But we need to understand where we come from and take it very seriously.”