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D.C. United announce consolidation of ownership

D.C. United have announced today that an entity controlled by Jason Levien has completed the acquisition of Erick Thohir's ownership interest in the organization.

D.C. United’s Co-Chairman and CEO Jason Levien will remain in his leadership role and will make an additional investment in the club. He is joined by incoming D.C. United Co-Chairman Stephen Kaplan, as well as several other new investors.

Jason Levien said: "I am deeply appreciative to Steve for our longstanding partnership and for now joining with me at this exciting time in the organization's trajectory.

“I am confident that this ownership group will bring substantial value to our D.C. United family and its growing fanbase.

"I want to thank Erick Thohir and his family for years of wonderful partnership.

“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 will forever be grateful for his friendship and commitment to this project."

Stephen Kaplan said: "I am looking forward to getting to work with Jason and our partners to bolster this organization.

“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."

Erick Thohir commented: "It has been an honor to have been a part of D.C. United during such a critical time for the Club, to have supported the efforts to build Audi Field, and to have such a close partner in Jason.

“I am confident with the organization in the hands of Jason Levien and his new partners. I look forward to supporting D.C. United as it thrives in the years ahead."

In addition to Kaplan, new incoming co-owners and advisory board members are Al Tylis, Ed Shapiro, Robert Hernreich, Romie Chaudhari and Daniel Gilbert.

Al Tylis said: “I am honored to be part of Major League Soccer and D.C. United. The opportunities for MLS are vast and I look forward to helping continue to build a world class organization at D.C. United and supporting our local communities."

Ed Shapiro said: “I am excited to be a part of this new investor group. With the recent opening of Audi Field and acquisition of Wayne Rooney, I am optimistic about being part of this next phase of D.C. United’s growth.”