Kevin Esparza - Director of Soccer Operations
Born in Orange, California on January 11, 1972, Kevin Esparza initially joined Club Deportivo Chivas USA as Team Administrator and Assistant Coach in 2005 after spending two seasons (2003-2004) with the Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach. In early 2012, after seven years with the club, Esparza was named Director of Soccer Operations for the Red-and-White. Having worked at the youth/club, high school, university and professional levels, Esparza brings over 20 years of experience to Chivas USA’s Technical Staff.
Previously, Esparza coached the Orange High School men’s varsity team to the CIF Championship, where he served one year as assistant coach and three years as head coach. He then continued onto coaching youth clubs like the Irvine Strikers, the Orange Junior Soccer Club and the North Huntington Beach Soccer Club. Esparza also served as Director of Coaching at Desert United Soccer Club in Palm Desert, California. On a collegiate level, Esparza has coached the University of California – Riverside men’s soccer team and Chapman University’s men and women’s soccer team. Esparza served as a scout and staff coach for the Southern California Olympic Development Program (ODP). He studied and played soccer at Santa Ana College and Chapman University. Esparza currently resides in Orange, California.
Manuel Tejeda - Team Administrator
Manuel Alexandro Tejeda was named Team Administrator of Chivas USA in January 2013.
Tejeda began his career with Chivas USA as a sales intern in 2006, eventually working his way into a full-time position on the Sales team. After completing his education, Tejeda returned to the Red-and-White in 2012, when he joined the Community Affairs department.
Tejeda was born in Orange California on December 19th, 1987. He attended Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, and graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Miguel Torres - Massage Therapist
Miguel Torres, Chivas USA’s Massage Therapist, joined the club in 2006 as an assistant, but has been in his current role since the start of the 2008 season. After graduating from Long Beach City College in 2002 with a degree in Massage Therapy, Torres worked for a chiropractor and with private clients before working with FC Wilmington Juniors Soccer Club starting in 2005.
Born on Feb. 21, 1973 in Los Angeles, Torres was raised in Wilmington, Calif. His parents are from Michoacán, Mexico, and his cousin, Arturo Torres, became the first player in Chivas USA history when he was selected first overall in the 2004 Expansion Draft. Miguel also has two children, Michael and Kylie.
Jose Vargas - Equipment Manager
Equipment Manager Jose Vargas joined Chivas USA in 2008 after three years of fan loyalty to the club. Originally from Las Huertas, Jalisco, Vargas grew up admiring the team’s sister club Chivas de Guadalajara, which motivated him to become a season ticket holder when Chivas USA kicked off their first season in MLS in 2005. He then enlisted his kids in the Chivas USA Youth Academy and after some experienced coaching AYSO soccer, he moved on to coaching for the club’s Youth Academy and soccer clinics. He currently resides with his wife and has four kids.