Russell Wilson, Ciara, Macklemore, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and more join Sounders ownership

Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times on

Published in Soccer

SEATTLE -- It took 15 months to finalize, but the Sounders woke up Tuesday morning with one of the world's most diverse soccer ownership groups.

The Sounders announced 11 families have become owners, forming the Seattle Futbol Club LLC that partially bought out Hollywood producer Joe Roth's stake in the team. The latter was a founding father in 2009 with Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen and Drew Carey, operating primarily from California.

Once Roth announced he was stepping aside, Hanauer increased his majority stake in the club while Carey bumped up his investment with Jody Allen and the new owners entered at various levels as minority owners to round out the group.

Recognizable names such as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer and actor Ciara, join hip-hop star Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis, as new investors.

While Tuesday marked Day 1, the new faces won't be formally introduced until a function slated for Aug. 19.

"This was not a financial investment," said Hanauer at news conference at the team's Pioneer Square office. "This was about community, team, culture, diversity, inclusiveness and, yeah, winning. It's hard to have a conversation with Russell Wilson where winning doesn't come up."


Former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife, Katie, helped link the new owners together via emails, calls and multiple dinners at the Wilsons' home.

The rest of the ownership field includes:

-- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his wife, Anu Nadella

-- Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood and her husband, Max Kleinman


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