Chivas USA squad falling apart again in the offseason as 10 players leave

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Things have gone from bad to worse at Chivas USA.

The club has parted ways with 10 players yesterday, and also saw director of soccer operations Francisco Palencia depart for a similar position with sister club Guadalajara.

Finishing in last place in the Western Conference with just five wins on the year, Chivas has cut ties with 29 players this year.

Those who left Thursday include starters Mario de Luna (pictured, right) and Edgar Mejia, whose loans expired and will return to Guadalajara along with Julio Morales and Jamie Frias.

The club declined options on Steven Purdy, Daniel Antunez, Marvin Iraheta, Josue Soto, Jose Manuel Rivera and reserve goalkeeper Patrick McLain.

Earlier in November, Palencia said to MLSSoccer.com, “At the moment, we are in a transition phase to see what is most important for the club.”

The first full season under sole ownership of Mexican billionaire Jorge Vergara saw attendance drop to under 9,000 per game, and Forbes ranked the club last in Major League Soccer in their club value rankings.

No word has yet been given on whether coach Guero Real would be keeping his spot.  With all the shuffling around the squad and front office, the decision may be dragged out slightly longer.