New DC United Ownership Will Include Swansea City Investors
DC United CEO Jason Levien is "assembling a group of investors from his ownership circle" with EPL club Swansea City to "help form the MLS team's new slate of shareholders," according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. The group is "likely to include American businessman Steve Kaplan, Levien's primary partner and money man at Swansea." The number of other Swansea figures to invest in DC United "hinges" on whether L.A. billionaire and Lakers investor Patrick Soon-Shoing "reaches a deal with Levien." Without Soon-Shiong, three or four from the Swansea group would "probably invest in United; otherwise it's likely going to be two or three." Sources said that Levien is buying Mahaka Group Founder Erick Thohir's 78% share to "form a new investment team." Thohir "might retain a small stake," but Levien is expected to "remain the face of the operation." Levien was slated to represent DC United at the MLS BOG meeting in L.A. this week, and was "tentatively scheduled to meet with Soon-Shiong" yesterday (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/17).