Jose Domene, until a month ago the general manager of Chivas USA, was officially let go by the Major League Soccer team’s new ownership Tuesday, a team official confirmed.
“Jose is no longer a Chivas USA employee. Effective today,” Rodrigo Ochoa, the team’s communications director wrote in response to an email question.
Domene, who was appointed interim general manager during the team’s last front-office shakeup in December 2010, was among the last members of this season’s administrative staff to be fired by Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara who, along with wife Angelica Fuentes, took full ownership of the franchise three months ago after buying out partners Lorenzo and Antonio Cue.
Domene, 32, among the youngest general managers in U.S. professional sports, was an aggressive GM, making midseason acquisitions that brought Juan Agudelo, Jose Erick Correa and Shalrie Joseph to Chivas. But when the team ended the season with a franchise-worst 14-game winless streak, Domene’s job was said to be in jeopardy.
His firing was reported by several outlets, including The Times, in August, although he survived in a diminished capacity until Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, when Vergara announced a restructuring of the team administration, Domene was given an undefined advisory position. But Domene said then that he was never told exactly what his job would be.
A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Domene has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Stanford. Domene is the founder of Grupo Futbol, a sports management consulting organization that focuses on soccer and has worked with several clubs in Mexico.