Okay, so Vincent Tan appearing on British TV station Sky Sports News on Monday and saying he “may invest in MLS” doesn’t seem to be wide of the mark. Not at all.
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On Tuesday SI.com are reporting that Cardiff City’s owner, along with the co-owner of the LA Dodgers and Golden State Warriors, Peter Guber, plus Henry Nguyen and Tom Penn have formed a group which will take over the Chivas USA franchise which is currently owned by Major League Soccer.
Chivas were bought by the league earlier this year as their struggles as LA’s second MLS team continues. Reports earlier this week from ESPN suggested that Chivas would take a two-year hiatus from the league before being relaunched, but SI’s report suggests Chivas would be dissolved and an entirely new team would be floated under the ownership group who will spend over $100 million to get their hands on an MLS franchise. That would be a new record fee for an expansion franchise.
Below is some background information on the potential owners from SI, as Chivas’ future continues to be a hot topic in MLS circles.
Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American venture capitalist who recently brought the first McDonald’s franchise to Vietnam. He would move to Los Angeles as the majority partner. Guber is a Hollywood producer and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Golden State Warriors. Tan is the flamboyant Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, which played in the Premier League last season, and would be a minority owner. And Penn is a former NBA executive and analytics expert who has worked at ESPN.