Los Angeles Football Club unveiled its logo and colors on Thursday, but that wasn’t the club’s only big announcement.
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Comedian and actor Will Ferrell was introduced to the press and fans as one of the club’s new part owners.
“This is not a joke,” Ferrell said as he stepped to the podium to address the media and fans. “I am actually a member of this fine ownership group.
“I have never been a part owner of anything. I’m still part owner of an 84 Toyota Camry with my brother. And it is thrilling to see a turnout like this, to already see a fan base developing.”
According to ESPN FC, the new MLS franchise is owned by “Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan and American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen with Magic Johnson, Peter Guber, Tony Robbins, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra among the minority partners.”
Tan owns a majority of soccer teams around the world including British side Cardiff City, Bosnian outfit FK Sarajevo and Belgian club KV Kortrijk. Tan isn’t a very popular man among Cardiff fans and a USA Today article in 2013 referred to him as the worst owner in sports.
However, it seems like Ferrell doesn’t mind Tan’s reputation, as he became partners with him in a surprising move. But for the comedian, the move was a long time coming. He stated that he was once a soccer player and declared his love for the game.
“I started playing soccer in the mean streets of Irvine, California, when I was 8 yearsold. I played on the Kickers, then the next was the Bulldogs, then third year was the Cheetahs.
“My three boys who all play soccer, my wife played soccer at Pomona (College), so to say that soccer is a part of our lives is an understatement.”
Ferrell starred in the movie Kicking and Screaming in 2005 as a coach of a youth boy’s team.
His new team LAFC will join the MLS in 2018. The players will strut out of the tunnels wearing either black, gold or red, or a combination of all three.
“Strong, Powerful, Achievement, Triumph. Black and Gold embody the success, glamour, and urban texture of Los Angeles. A flash of red represents our home in the heart of the city,” the club’s statement stated.
The crest was designed by “Spark International’s co-founder Thai Nguyen and the creative team of Tue Nguyen and designer Matthew Wolff.”
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