The City of Santa Ana issued the following news release to announce they have entered into formal negotiations with Chivas USA.
City of Santa Ana has Entered into a Negotiating Rights Agreement with Chivas USA Enterprises LLC
SANTA ANA, Calif. (September 20, 2011) The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that it has entered into a negotiating rights agreement with Chivas USA Enterprises LLC.
Chivas USA is the sister team of Club Deportivo Guadalajara, popularly known as ‘Chivas’, Mexico’s most beloved soccer club. The potential move to Santa Ana would include their Major League team, reserve division, youth teams, and their non-profit foundation, which focuses on community service projects and programs.
The City and Chivas USA are exploring the potential relocation to Santa Ana, specifically to Willowick Golf Course, which is owned by the city of Garden Grove but within the City of Santa Ana’s borders. The City of Garden Grove is receptive to looking at the feasibility of this development.
“In these trying economic times, I am pleased that a Major League Soccer team would consider relocating to our city to bring much needed resources. Chivas’ presence would create recreational amenities and programs for youth, bring economic development opportunities to our businesses, and revitalize areas within our city,” stated Mayor Miguel Pulido.
Edgar Sebastian Vazquez, President of Inter American Sports Association, added, “As a 30-year resident, I feel this is a magnificent opportunity for all the local athletes as well as the businesses in our community. At this moment when the economy is suffering this opportunity brings jobs, new businesses, and improves programs for our city’s youth. Chivas USA is an organization that supports local youth and will improve the city as a whole.”
Now entering into an agreement to negotiate for relocation and actually moving here are two different things. We continue to ask how the city, which has significant financial budgetary issues, is going to be able to finance this relocation. This announcement is more along the lines of a Bread and Circuses play until these details are spelled out.