[MLS SPOTLIGHT]D.C. United has two new owners -- both are co-owners of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. One is an Indonesian businessman, Erick Thohir. The other, Jason Levein, has a long history of working in pro sports as an attorney. D.C. United's remaining owner, Will Chang, says they will boost the MLS club's chances of finally getting a stadium deal done.
"In terms of the financial resources with Eric and Jason, we’re so much stronger financially and Jason has a clear mandate from Eric and I to pursue opportunities on that basis," Chang said in introducing Thohor and Levein on Tuesday. "That we are much stronger financially to be able to find a permanent home for ourselves."
Chang originally purchased D.C. United with Victor MacFarlane in 2007 from Anschutz Entertainment Group. Chang purchased full control of the team in 2009 after MacFarlane lost heavily in the financial collapse of 2008.
Efforts to find a new home for D.C. United, which plays in RFK Stadium, began before Chang became involved, but they remain stalled.
“We see a pathway and we also know we’re going to have to use our machete to get there,” said Levein. “We know there are going to be some hurdles along the way and we’re excited and energized to take them on.”
Before working as a sports agent, Levein was a Democratic strategist. He attended Georgetown University, worked at the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C., and lived in the D.C. area for a decade.
Thohir is heavily involved in sports in Indonesia. He serves as the vice president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and as its chief of mission for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Emphasizing the efforts to be D.C. insiders, United hosted the press conference to introduce its new owners at the famous W Hotel, located only a block from the White House.