Gotti will be a part of an ownership group that includes billionaires Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram II, Granite Associates Inc. CEO Adam Gerry, Swansea City A.F.C. co-owner Jake Silverstein and Washington D.C. mogul Joe Mamo.
The move was announced weeks after the Washington Post reported Yo Gotti being a part of an investment group looking to put money into the storied MLS franchise.
“I was introduced to the game by my son and watched how quickly it has grown in our country, so I’m honored to join the D.C. United ownership group,” Gotti said in a statement. “I’ve long admired Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan’s ambition and entrepreneurship and look forward to collaborating with them – and the entire ownership group – to further elevate D.C. United’s commitment to connecting soccer, entertainment, community, and culture. Together, we’re going to enhance fan experience and bring new and exciting events to Audi Field.”
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D.C. United is one of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer and one of the most prestigious franchises in the league’s history. The team won the MLS Cup four times in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004 while bringing home the Supporters’ Shield four times in 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007. They also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times in 1996, 2008 and 2013.
There’s very little information about the new ownership deal for Yo Gotti, but he plans on bringing even more entertainment to Audi Field. According to previous reports, Yo Gotti’s investment group will have a six percent stake in D.C. United.