CHIVAS USA: GM Jose Domene no longer 'interim'

Chivas USA has made Jose Domene's position official. And they might announce that soon.

Domene, who joined the Goats as interim general manager on Dec. 14, no longer has “interim” in front of his name, he acknowledged Tuesday. He was listed as general manager for the first time on the club's Web site this week.

“For a lot of people, titles are important, but for me, it's the same thing,” said Domene, who works on technical and business matters. “I'll still do the same things, still work as hard. It doesn't mean I'll do the job differently.

“For the ownership of this club, this is a long-term project, and I always thought if I could help and be part of it, so be it. Now that the interim is off, it's one step forward, but we still have a lot of work to do. I'm here to support the project and their vision, and it's a long-term vision.”

Domene said he learned of the title change late last week, after Guadalajara-based co-owner Jorge Vergara visited the club, and that the plan is to announce the change sometime soon. Vergara, who owns Club Deportivo Guadalajara -- Chivas USA's big brother -- told reporters at the Goats' March 19 opener than he was quite happy with Domene.

“He's doing a great job,” Vergara said. “He's very capable because he understands both cultures, Mexican and American, the one thing we needed before, and we didn't have it.”

Asked if the interim tag would soon be removed, Vergara smiled and said, “We'll see.”

Domene, who is from Monterrey -- his father formerly was president of Mexican Primera Division club UANL Tigres -- received his Bachelor's degree (industrial engineering) from Purdue University and an MBA from Stanford. He has worked in finance and co-founded a beverage company.

WORTH NOTING: Central defender Jimmy Conrad missed the trip to Portland for Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup qualifier after being diagnosed with a mild concussion after Saturday's loss to Colorado. He's also doubtful for Saturday's league game at Toronto FC. ... Blair Gavin's injury is a recurrence of his left hamstring stain. The medical staff has not placed a timetable on his return, but it's unlikely he'll be available for at least six weeks. ... Andy Boyens has returned from New Zealand's national team and is expected to start in central defense against Portland. ... The U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday can be seen on the Timbers' Web site. ... Domene said Chivas USA has no interest in former Mexican national-team defender Aaron Galindo, who is pressing Guadalajara to be released from his contract so he can pursue opportunities in MLS.