The Official City of Santa Ana Statement on Chivas USA


Interim city manager Paul Walters issued a statement today that seeks to resolve some of the speculation of the city’s efforts to woo Chivas USA to Santa Ana. 

The statement is: “The City of Santa Ana has had very preliminary and informal discussions with Chivas USA, a Major League Soccer team currently playing at the Home Depot Center in Carson, regarding a potential relocation to a new soccer venue.  At present, the City has not engaged in any formal discussions or negotiations with Chivas, USA for these purposes.  In the event, the City were to pursue formal negotiations with any major league sports team to relocate to our community, we would ensure that all residents, neighborhood associations and other stakeholders would be properly notified and would have an opportunity to participate in the process.”

This statement solidifies contradictory statements from Mayor Pulido and Councilman Sal Tinajero; Pulido’s decription of the city’s talk have been one of an ongoing basis while Tinajero offered a specific plan of wooing Chivas “B” team and then the “A” team after refurbishing Eddie West stadium with an additional 5,000 seats and building a new stadium at Willowick.

Chivas doesn’t have a “B” team; they have a U-18 and a U-16 team which play talented players of that age group and Santa Ana was their home for a single season.  Chivas USA U-18 club played thye Santa Ana Winds in a exhibiton at Eddie West earlier this season.  While Santa Ana is a soccer town, higher levels of soccer organization struggle to succeed as this post in the Santa Ana Senitinel suggests.

Since Councilman Tinajero was so detailed in his explanation of what would happen, perhaps he can offer readers details on how the city will finance the relocation of Chivas USA.  I tried to pose a question on Tinajero’s Blog, but it appears to be offline.  I then sought to email Councilwoman Martinez, but her blog is offline as well.

  17 comments for “The Official City of Santa Ana Statement on Chivas USA

  1. Chivas B Team
    June 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    The only B Team I see is the one currently elected to santa ana city council.

  2. Angry Bird
    June 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    It is indeed interesting that Miguel Pulido would make a presentation about this pending deal to the Board of Directors of the SA Chamber of Commerce, and now claim that “no formal discussions have taken place…” And Miguel indicated at that meeting six weeks ago, ChivasUSA wanted to make a decision in ninety days. Add to that the published reports that Mater Dei has been told to find another place to play home games, and Goodwill Industries has announced that they will close their computer store and open a ChivasUSA store. Gee, I am certain that is just a wild coincidence. But of course “no formal discussions have taken place..” Yeah, I am buying that.

  3. Steve
    June 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Nothing says “wholesome, family entertainment” like women with large, fake boobs protruding from their sport bra.

    • keepsapeace
      June 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Fake or not, ya gotta love ’em. I wouldn’t take my family to Santa Ana to watch a soccer game or anything for that matter. There are better and safer venues within driving distance.

  4. June 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    This is a tricky rewording and interpretation of my article. Let’s look at why other higher levels of soccer organization have not succeed. I don’t think that the tone of it overall suggests that higher levels of soccer don’t, or won’t succeed in Santa Ana.

    1. They are not associated or come from the Chivas de Guadalajara organization, a club with one of the largest followings in the world. Chivas USA comes from this organization.

    2. They don’t have the money, sponsorship or following associated with the Chivas brand. Simply put, they are not Chivas.

    3. The fact that a pro club starts a youth academy in Santa Ana is success in itself. Those clubs are not trying to build or bring a pro team in.

    4. The Orange County Blue Star never associated itself truly with Santa Ana, they did not have an academy for Santa Ana youth, all they wanted was a stadium to play in. They were detached from potential Santa Ana fans. They now play in Irvine.

    5. The Santa Ana Winds moved only one game to Centennial Park, the first game of the season. The rest of their home games were played at Eddie West.

  5. June 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    *have not succeeded

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    June 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Omar — all of those clubs have a much lower threshold for success than the millions needed for Chivas USA to come to Santa Ana and thrive.

  7. Bankrupt Blogger
    June 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Since the admin at New Santa Ana keeps censoring my comments I am posting this here. It’s obvious that Pedroza and Mill talked with Fat Sal on Chivas. Now Pulido and Walters contradict Tinajero and the idiots at NSA are calling anyone who opposes the idea a racist without a shrewd of proof.

    Since Pedroza has decided to attack Thomas Gordon and where he works it’s only fitting and proper that I tell everyone that Art Pedroza works for Disney. Guess the folks in Disney HR dropped the ball on Pedroza’s gay porn and NAMBLA pranks and his multiple credit card fraud lawsuits.

    Is there anyone, left in Santa Ana who doesn’t have a copy of Art’s BK filing? Amazing to read such documented fiscal mismanagement which explains why he supports a fiscally irresponsible attempt to bring Chivas to SanTanna

  8. June 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    does anyone know what Art does at Disney? He’s not tall enough to wear the “Goofy” costume?

    • keepsapeace
      June 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Goofy is much shorter in person than he appears in the commercials. It could very well be Art. Maybe we could borrow some facial recognition software from TSA.

  9. TheNoKidsRule
    June 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I find it fascinating that only the opinions of those Santa Ana reside ts who have kids matter in the quest for Chivas. Unless you hapen to be Sean Mill. So where di Mill get those tickets from? I am guessing he got them from Fat Sal Tinajero who got them from Chivas. I don’t think Sal can walk that far from the Home DepotCenter parking lot. Then again, why was Mill watching little kids on the bouncy? Pervert.

  10. Dan Chmielewski
    June 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

    For those folks who have tried to write comments in support of Thomas Gordon’s statement on Voice of OC over at the New Santa Ana blog only to find that “admin” is deleting your comments or editing them, consider this an invitation to post your comment here. I’m not taking any more emails from people complaining that they wrote a comment in support of Gordon to have it appear briefly and then get deleted or not appear at all, followed by a “no one is coming on to defend Gordon.”

    We don’t operate as the ministry of truth does; if you agree with what Gordon said, you can post your comment here.

    And for our pal KenLaysNotDead: our posts about Chivas were not in opposition to a move, but an overview that asks how it’s going to be paid for.

  11. Friend of gordon
    June 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Those idiots at New Santa Ana will not allow comments in defense of Thomas Gordon comments a being deleted and edited. Several comments posted yesterday disappeared. Admin keeps shouting “racism” when he is he one using racist terms like “Gabacho”.

    Don t you love how these guys can “read between the lines” and see racism where it isn’t. And for admin to say Thomas is overpaid, well Disney is overpaying this moron to blog during the day.

    How’s the lawsuit coming guys? Admin needs to leave town

  12. NSA admin is a racist
    June 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Totally agree FOT ( friend of Tom). Pedroza and Mill edit comments they don’t like. What Gordon said was not a problem but they turned it into cries of racism. Ken lay is a jerk. Chivas draws tiny crowds. If Pulido can preside the Mexican National team to paly eir home games in Santa Ana, then you might get fans to the game. Let’s face it. Most of Santa Ana is poor and he city should spend it’s limited money wisely. Admin at NSA doesn’t understand legitimate criticism of him isn’t libel.

  13. They make it up
    June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Pedroza is only looking for another check. He’s hoping Vince hires him for web services.

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