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.