On the same day Major League Soccer announced it was purchasing Chivas USA, MLS commissioner Don Garber also confirmed the ugly lawsuit which hung over the franchise is now a thing of the past.
Last spring, two former Chivas USA youth coaches filed a discrimination lawsuit against the club, claiming they were fired because they weren't Latino.
Daniel Calichman and Theothoros Chronopoulos also claimed they were harassed because of their race, and were seeking unspecified damages.
"If you don't speak Spanish, you can go work for the Galaxy, unless you speak Chinese, which is not even a language," former owner Jorge Vergara allegedly told employees, according to the lawsuit.
Reports emerged on Thursday claiming the lawsuit was settled, while Vergara said on ESPN Deportes Radio that the suit had been dropped. When quizzed about the state of the case on a conference call, Garber would not confirm either resolution, instead saying the case is simply no longer active.
"The way to describe it is it's been resolved," Garber said. "It's no longer a pending case. It was resolved very recently and time for everybody to move on."
The league will be happy to see the back of the case, and on a day when Vergara's troubled ownership period also came to an end, it was undoubtedly a positive Thursday at MLS HQ.
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