Seattle Sounders: Russell Wilson, Ciara and Macklemore join MLS side's ownership

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, have joined the ownership team of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC. He has long attempted to expand his sports foothold in the region, joining groups attempting to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland and an National Basketball Association team back to Seattle. "It's the place we get to raise our kids and the place we are forever connected to", Wilson and Ciara said in a statement released by the Sounders.

"When MLS gave me permission to look at the Pacific Northwest to start a soccer franchise, there was no question that Seattle was the place", Roth said.

"Seattle is lucky to have Adrian Hanauer at the helm of the Sounders", Myerson wrote. We're really excited about building that winning culture. This city is a special place. "We want to have the world's best soccer players play here in Seattle and win championships!"

Wilson added: "We think this is a transformational sport".

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Wilson and Ciara are part of a new group of investors in the team that is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife, Katie Myerson, and also includes Seattle-bred rapper Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis.

It seems like the Sounders were a good investment, though.

It's not clear how much Wilson and Ciara invested in the Sounders, the third-most valuable team in the league at $310 million, according to Forbes.

Former Fox Sports executive David Nathanson and his wife, Sabina, are also part of the group of additional investors, as are longtime technology executive Chee Chew and his wife, Christine, and former Pandora CEO and ABC executive Brian McAndrews and his wife, Elise Holschuh, who now serves on the strategy committee of Hugo House. They are among 11 families to join the ownership team.

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