Tim Howard's group buys English club Dagenham & Redbridge

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is part of the ownership group of Memphis 901 FC, the new team that will begin play in the USL in 2019, is part of newly created Victoria Road Football along with principal owner Peter Freund and president Craig Unger that has bought Dagenham & Redbridge of England’s (fifth-tier) National League.

Freund's Trinity Sports Holdings company is also involved with Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Minor League Baseball’s Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League and the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC was formed in 1992 following a merger of Dagenham and Redbridge Forest. The Daggers, based in East London, have competed as high as the third division in the English Football League’s League One and also spent almost a decade in League Two.

"When I first visited Victoria Road this summer for a friendly against Cambridge, and having come back for the match against Hartlepool, I was captivated by the incredible passion shown by the Daggers supporters," Freund told Sky Sports. "I consider my ability to come in and help this club, which has roots dating back to the 1880's, as a privilege and will do everything I can to solidify it this season and give us a chance to return to the Football League in the future."

The Daggers -- 21st in the 24-team National League -- are coached by former interim England national team coach Peter Taylor, who gave David Beckham his first cap.

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