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MLS announces the end of Chivas USA and 2015 changes

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The rumors are finally true.

Stephen Dunn

The talk has been there for ages but now it is finally official. Major League Soccer announced on Monday a "new strategy for the Los Angeles market" by ceasing operations on Chivas USA.

The new owners of the LA club will be announced on October 30 and will essentially be a new expansion team with Atlanta in 2017.

"As part of our new strategy for Southern California -- a major hotbed of soccer participation and fan support -- we believe that engaging with a new ownership group which has the resources and local community ties, and a plan for a dedicated soccer-specific stadium, provides us with the best chance for success," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

MLS will conduct a Dispersal Draft of the Chivas USA roster in the near future. It is being reported that this draft will be held before the expansion draft in December. Also, ESPNFC's Jeff Carlisle is reporting that Erick Torres will not be apart of the dispersal draft.

The league also announced strategy for the 2015 season as well, moving to a 10-team conference set up with the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC moving back to the Western Conference while New York City FC and Orlando City SC join the league.

2015 EASTERN CONFERENCE (10): Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC

2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE (10): Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas,Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps

For the 2015 season, the 20 teams will each play 34 games during the regular season. Clubs will play each team in the opposing conference once for five home and five away matches. Clubs will play each of their nine conference opponents at least twice (one home, one away), plus six additional intra-conference games -- three home and three away.

Good to see the rivalry with Houston and SKC get a little more heat added to the schedule next year. Those road trips are always fun.