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MLS announces new strategy for Los Angeles market, 2015 conference alignment

Chivas USA to Cease Operations;
Ownership of a New Los Angeles MLS Team to be Announced Oct. 30

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2014) – Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today a new strategy for the Los Angeles market.  Effective immediately, Chivas USA will cease operations.  On Thursday, Oct. 30, the League will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group.  The new club will begin play in 2017.

The decision on Chivas USA was made unanimously by the MLS Board of Governors, after a comprehensive review of the League’s strategy for the Los Angeles market.  As a result of this decision, the League will play with 20 clubs in the 2015 season.

“As part of our new strategy for Southern California -- a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support -- we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

With the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC in 2015, MLS will have 20 clubs for the league’s 20th season and will feature a new conference alignment.  Most notably, the Houston Dynamo and 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City will move to the Western Conference, creating two 10-team conferences. The 2015 conference assignments are as follows:

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew SC
D.C. United
Montreal Impact
New England Revolution
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC
Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City
LA Galaxy
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps

For the 2015 season, the 20 teams will each play 34 games during the regular season. Clubs will play each team in the opposing conference once for five home and five away matches. Clubs will play each of their nine conference opponents at least twice (one home, one away), plus six additional intra-conference games -- three home and three away.

MLS will conduct a Dispersal Draft of the Chivas USA roster in the near future. More details regarding the Dispersal Draft will be announced at a later date.