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MLS names Chivas USA exec

Major League Soccer on Wednesday named former league executive Nelson Rodriguez to head up Chivas USA while MLS manages the club in search of new ownership.

MLS last week purchased the troubled club from owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes.The club had the second-worst record in the league last year at 6-20-8 and averaged a league-low attendance of 8,366 at home.

Rodriguez, who spent 14 years in the league office, was most recently the league’s executive vice president of competition, technical and game operations, and served as part of the MLS Disciplinary Committee after it was created in 2012. He stepped down from the position in January, MLS said on its website.

"I am thankful for the opportunity and recognize the responsibility in what is an important season for the club," Rodriguez said in a statement. "Regardless of the ownership status, this team and staff will compete on all fronts and we look forward to the challenge."

"I have had the privilege of working with Nelson for 14 years and am very pleased that he has agreed to serve as the president of Chivas USA," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said via statement. "Based on his long experience on both the business and sporting side of our game, I have great confidence that he will provide strong leadership for the club during this transition year."

MLS said the club will play as Chivas USA for the 2014 season and will be rebranded with a new team name and logo as set by the new ownership group.

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