Fuentes promises money for transfers at Chivas

Posted by Tom Marshall

Edgar Quintana/Getty ImagesSantos Laguna's Darwin Quintero helped continue Chivas' Liga MX misery on Wednesday night.

It's been another weird couple of days in Chivas-land. Jorge Vergara completed 11 years as owner of the club on October 30th, his wife and business partner Angelica Fuentes declared that her husband "revived" Mexican soccer in that time and, on the field, Chivas once again slumped to defeat in the Estadio Omnilife, this time a 2-0 loss to Santos Laguna.

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The sparse crowd booed the team off the pitch for the umpteenth time this season, while coach Juan Carlos Ortega refused to resign after the game, indicating that he is focused on preparing for next season.

The game highlighted the lack of confidence running through the side and once again the need for heavy investment in the squad in many different areas. The difference between the well-oiled Santos machine led by Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha and the mish-mash Guadalajara squad that has been assembled through various sporting directors and coaches was laid bare.

The relatively young Santos institution, who play in a stadium outside of the city in which it is based, focuses on youth development and has players that fans can identify with. Unlike Chivas, Santos are one of the favorites to win the Apertura 2013 title and will battle with South America's best in next season's Copa Libertadores.

Los Guerreros are where Chivas want to be.

But if there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Chivas fans, it is that something seems to be brewing in terms of major changes to the playing staff.

Vergara is almost a permanent fixture at training these days and the fact that sporting president Dennis te Kloese and Ortega have remained in place seems to suggest that plans are well underway for next season, although second-guessing Vergara's next move can often be complicated, as a quick glance at history will tell you.

And while Fuentes' comments -- in a press conference on Wednesday to announce an Omnilife-sponsored fun-run -- about the lack of recognition for Vergara for everything that he has done for Chivas and Mexican football highlights the gulf between fans and ownership, she did go on to say that there is money to spend on players.

"If it is required, it is up to me to put the resources on the table and they are ready," stated Fuentes, who also acknowledged that the crisis on the field has affected ticket and shirt sales, but added the club is in healthy financial shape.

Not that such comments will immediately satisfy an increasingly volatile fan-base in the short term, especially if Chivas fail to win against a struggling Pumas on Sunday and equal the club record of 13 league games without a win.

All the balanced books in the world can't make up for the embarrassment fans feel, especially with archrival Club America flying high and looking good for that 12th title to make it Mexico’s most successful club.


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