Jorge Vergara confident the club will reach their objective this season
CARSON, Calif. (March 20, 2011) - Among the 18,122 that attended the Goats’ season opener against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday was Jorge Vergara, co-owner of Chivas USA. Vergara resides in Mexico where he owns and operates Chivas de Guadalajara, but traveled to Carson to take in the season opener and witness the beginning of a new era for Chivas USA.
Vergara was all around The Home Depot Center during the match, visiting with different executives and team staff, meeting with the media at halftime, and even mingling with fans in ChivaTown pre-game.
While speaking to a large crowd of media members at halftime, Vergara expressed his disappointment with the 2-0 deficit the home team was facing. However, he predicted that Chivas USA would turn it around in the second half, and he was right. The Goats scored two goals and got close, ultimately losing 3-2.
Though the team didn’t get a result on opening night, Vergara has a strong belief that this will be a good season for the American Red-and-White. Asked if he there was a barometer for a successful season, the boss was clear.
“The objective is that we want to qualify for the playoffs,” he said. “I think that’s the objective for every team that plays in MLS.”
And because of the leadership at Chivas USA, Vergara is confident the club will reach their objective this season. He spoke highly of the team’s general manager Jose Domene, who he believes has a unique knowledge of both Mexican and American soccer. He also praised coach Robin Fraser, with whom he keeps in close communication. Vergara is confident the club will reach their objective this season
“He was in Guadalajara recently and we talked for several hours about the team, our goals, and what we want to achieve for Chivas USA,” said Vergara about the first-year coach. “I like him a lot. I believe that he is the right guy for this team and I’m confident that he is going to do a great job with Chivas USA.”
Vergara addressed a wide range of topics with the media, including the likelihood of bringing young players from Guadalajara to Chivas USA on loan.
“It’s possible,” he said. “We’re looking to see which players can come up to Chivas USA in the summer, and who would really make a difference here [in MLS].”
Seeming to enjoy his visit, Vergara said he was planning on attending more games at The Home Depot Center this season. The lively crowd made an impression on the co-owner, and he’s hoping the fans continue to turn out in similar force.
“I’m impressed with the amount of people that came out [tonight],” said Vergara. “The crowd is good, and the fans are very into the game. I’m really happy with what I’m seeing here at Chivas USA.”