Jorge Vergara Dies at Age 64

Jorge Vergara, the owner of Chivas de Guadalajara, died of a heart attack this Friday at age 64. Vergara’s son, Amaury, announced the death in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Vergara took control of Chivas in 2002 and saw Guadalajara earn the Apertura 2006 and Clausura 2017 league titles, as well as the Apertura 2015 and Clausura 2017 Copa MX and the 2016 SuperCopa MX titles in domestic competitions; Chivas also won the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

Vergara helped restore Chivas – one of the Mexican league’s founding teams and one of only two that have never been relegated – to their former glory as one of the most successful teams in league history, but he also had a mercurial and impatient side that saw him make frequent coaching changes – 28 in his 17 years as owner.

Vergara also owned the former Major League Soccer franchise Chivas USA, which was founded in 2005, but after some initial success, the club floundered as Vergara lost interest. In the face of poor results on the field and the worst attendance in MLS, Chivas USA was bought out by the league and folded at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

He also owned the Costa Rican team Saprissa from 2003 to 2011.

Vergara is survived by six children and his wife, Rossana Lerdo de Tejada.

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