WASHINGTON — D.C. United is officially under new ownership — well, sort of.
A new investment group spearheaded by Jason Levien, D.C. United’s current managing partner & CEO, has completed the acquisition of former majority owner Erick Thohir’s portion of the club.
Levien, who is also the co-managing partner at Swansea City A.F.C, brought on fellow American and Swansea City partner Stephen Kaplan as D.C. United’s co-chairman.
“I am looking forward to getting to work with Jason and our partners to bolster this organization,” Kaplan said in a statement released by the club Tuesday. “With Audi Field, our magnificent home in the heart of the District, our goal is for glory on the pitch and to be a powerful positive force in the community.”
The new group has both a familiar look with Levien and fresh faces Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer of Northstar Real Estate Income II Al Tylis, Entertainment Law partner at ReedSmith Ed Shapiro, Robert Hernreich, Romie Chaudhari and Daniel Gilbert.
“I am confident that this ownership group will bring substantial value to our D.C. United family and its growing fanbase,” Levien said in the statement.
Since joining the organization in 2012, Levien worked mostly on the ground in D.C. to get United’s new home Audi Field off the ground, while Thohir managed from afar. Thohir is an entrepreneur and sports investor based in Indonesia who also joined the club in 2012.
“What is important is the promise that I built the stadium for D.C. fans,” Thohir said at the Audi Field ribbon cutting ceremony July 9. “It is very important as a businessman and as a fan of D.C. that we, in 2013 with Jason Levien, kept our promise.”
Said Levien: “Erick’s unwavering support led to us achieving what many thought was impossible – the building of a new home for soccer in DC, Audi Field. I want to thank Erick Thohir and his family for years of wonderful partnership.”
United added superstar signing Wayne Rooney to start the secondary transfer window with a bang. The new investment group’s first major challenge will be looking at a last-minute signing or two before the close of the window Wednesday night.