Nelson Rodriguez named Chivas USA president

Los Angeles Galaxy captain Robbie Keane, left, is given the MLS Western Conference championship cup by Nelson Rodriguez, right, MLS vice president of competition, after the Galaxy won the MLS Western Conference championship soccer match against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Seattle. The Sounders and Galaxy finished Sunday's leg with a score of Sounders 2, Galaxy 1, which gave the Galaxy a 4-2 win over the Sounders in the two-match aggregate championship. The Galaxy will now face the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Major League Soccer has appointed Nelson Rodriguez as president of Chivas USA.

The league announced Wednesday that Rodriguez will operate the club until a new ownership group is finalized. The league bought Carson-based Chivas last week from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, who took control in mid-2012.

Rodriguez has been with the MLS league office for 14 years, most recently as executive vice president of competition, technical and game operations.

Chivas USA had the second-worst league record and worst attendance last year, and it was hit by several lawsuits alleging that it discriminated against non-Latinos.

MLS says it wants to sell the team to a new ownership group that's committed to building a new stadium and keeping the team in Los Angeles.