The city of San Diego will be part of the MLS from 2025 thanks to the fact that the Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour paid a fee of 500 million dollars to run a franchise and the team will taste like Major League.
Padres ballplayer Manny Machadois part of the group of owners of the new MLS franchise in San Diego. The Dominican is one of the five founding partners that were presented during the formal announcement: the other four are Brad Termini, Tom Vernon, Tom Penn and Dan Dickinson.
Machado said he is proud to join as owner of the new MLS franchise who will play at Snapdragon Stadium and happy to be able to establish himself in San Diego to continue building a bond with the population.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the MLS ownership group in San Diego.. I continue to put down roots in this incredible community that means so much to me and build on my bond with the amazing fans,” Machado said in a statement.
The Miami native has been a part of the San Diego community since he arrived in 2019 through a 10-year, $30 million contract. Now, the player has an agreement that will keep him with the Padres until the end of 2034.
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The MLS franchise in San Diego will break many barriers and one of them will be that will become the first team with Native Americans as part of the ownership group.
The Sycuan Tribe is one of the 12 tribes in the Kumeyaay Nation and they have the best hotel and casino in San Diego County. Besides, the Sycuans have been sponsors of the Padres and the Chargers when they were settled in San Diego.