Chivas USA without a coach after Jose Luis Real returns to Mexico

Will the last person to leave Chivas USA please turn out the lights?

On Monday the team announced the departure of Coach Jose Luis Real, who has been summoned back to the mother ship in Guadalajara, where he will take over Mexican league club Chivas of Guadalajara.

Real became the 10th coach in Chivas USA history — and the third in less than a month — when he took over last May, leading the team to three wins and six draws in the final 21 games of the Major League Soccer season.

But the team he's leaving is a lot different than the one he coached in the season's final game last month. Chivas USA parted ways with 10 players last week — including four who also went back to Guadalajara — and has gotten rid of 29 in the last year, 10 more than it has on its active roster.

The team is apparently planning to play next season anyway, having also released its 2014 MLS regular-season schedule Monday. The team will open the season at home March 9 against the Chicago Fire and finish at home on Oct. 26 with the San Jose Earthquakes. The league will observe a mid-June break during the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.

Chivas USA's 2014 MLS schedule:


DATE                 OPPONENT                                 TIME (PT)      

March 9              vs. Chicago Fire                             12 p.m.

March 16           vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC     4 p.m.

March 22           at FC Dallas                              5:30 p.m.

March 30           at New York Red Bulls               12 p.m.            

April 6               vs. LA Galaxy                           12 p.m.

April 12             at Portland Timbers                   7:30 p.m.

April 19             vs. Seattle Sounders                 7:30 p.m.

April 26             at San Jose Earthquakes           7:30 p.m.         

May 3               vs. Houston Dynamo                 7:30 p.m.

May 11             at Colorado Rapids                   12 p.m.

May 17             at FC Dallas                              5:30 p.m.

May 28             vs. Portland Timbers                 7:30 p.m.

May 31             vs. Philadelphia Union               7:30 p.m.

June 8              at LA Galaxy                             5 p.m.

June 11             vs. Seattle Sounders                 8 p.m.

June 28             vs. Real Salt Lake                     7:30 p.m.

July 2               at San Jose Earthquakes           7:30 p.m.

July 5               vs. Montreal Impact                   7:30 p.m.

July 12              at Vancouver Whitecaps FC       TBD

July 20              at DC United                             5 p.m.

July 26              at Colorado Rapids                   6 p.m.

Aug. 3              vs. FC Dallas                            7 p.m.

Aug. 9              at Portland Timbers                   7:30 p.m.

Aug. 16             vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC     7:30 p.m.

Aug. 23             at New England Revolution        4:30 p.m.

Aug. 31             vs. LA Galaxy                           5 p.m.

Sept. 7             at Columbus Crew                     12 p.m.

Sept. 13            vs. Sporting Kansas City           7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21            at Toronto FC                            12 p.m.

Sept. 27            at Seattle Sounders                   TBD

Oct. 5               vs. Real Salt Lake                     4 p.m.

Oct. 11             vs. Colorado Rapids                 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22             at Real Salt Lake                       6:30 p.m.

Oct. 26             vs. San Jose Earthquakes         12 p.m.


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