In a city known for stars, Los Angeles trotted out some big ones Thursday to introduce its new MLS franchise that will be playing in 2017.
Women's soccer icon Mia Hamm and her husband/former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra are among the franchise's investors along with Magic Johnson and author/motivational speaker Tony Robbins. The team, known for now as Los Angeles Football Club, will replace Chivas USA, the L.A.-based outfit that shut down earlier this week.
The managing partner for LAFC is Vietnamese-American businessman Henry Nguyen, who just opened the first McDonald's franchise in Vietnam. Hollywood executive Peter Guber, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, is executive chairman.
In all, the investment group has more than 20 individuals from various backgrounds. Here's a closer look: