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SBD/August 1, 2013/Franchises
Precourt Reportedly Paid $68M For Crew, Setting New Record For MLS Franchise
Published August 1, 2013
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL: ESPN's Alexi Lalas, during a discussion with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, said Chivas USA, "on and off the field, is certainly having problems." Lalas: "Do you think it needs fixing and if so, how are you going to help fix it?" Garber responded, "This was an idea to create a Hispanic brand, connect it to Guadalajara and that idea hasn't worked. So we've got to find ways to work with (Chivas USA Owner) Jorge Vergara ... and figure out a solution because Major League Soccer is going on all cylinders throughout the league. We're proud of all the great success that we've had and we deserve to have a successful team, as our fans do, in Los Angeles." Meanwhile, Garber said of the discrimination lawsuit filed against Chivas USA by two former coaches, "This is a club that's got employees representing 15 countries." He continued, "We've spoken to the club. We're going to monitor what happens and I can assure you ... if we find out that anything happened that was inappropriate, the league will act in ways that will ensure that the right thing happens. But let's let the facts play themselves out." Garber: "We have zero-tolerance for anything that can be determined or be thought of as discrimination" ("MLS All-Star Game," ESPN2, 7/31).