Major League Soccer announces new Los Angeles team

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Just days after announcing Chivas USA would be disbanding, Major League Soccer announced its newest Los Angeles franchise, set to begin play in 2017.

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The team is owned by a group led by entrepreneur Henry Nguyen, sports and entertainment leader Peter Guber, and sports veteran Tom Penn. The club also has a number of other high-profile investors, including Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm Garciaparra, Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Robbins and Vincent Tan.

“We are thrilled to welcome Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Tom Penn and their owner partners to Major League Soccer,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a release. “This visionary ownership group will chart a course that will further elevate the sport in this great city and, combined with a new state-of-the-art stadium, accelerate us down the path toward becoming one of the top soccer leagues in the world.”  

The club is currently looking to build a new stadium in the greater Los Angeles area.

The new team’s brand identity, along with the front office, coaching and administrative staff will be announced at later dates. The club is currently going by 'Los Angeles Football Club', but the team will apparently be open to fan suggestions to determine its final identity.