Comedian and actor Will Ferrell has been announced as a co-owner of Los Angeles FC.
ESPN FC tweeted the news on Thursday:
ESPN FC @ESPNFC
"This is not a joke." Will Ferrell announced as #LAFC co-owner. https://t.co/IJKJ7sEWzF2016-1-7 18:12:21
The MLS expansion team is expected to begin play in the 2018 season.
Ferrell, as only he could, sprinkled the announcement with his usual brand of humor, per Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC:
Jeff Carlisle @JeffreyCarlisle
Farrell says he's never been a part owner in anything, except for an '84 Toyota Camry. #LAFC2016-1-7 18:06:32
He isn't the only comedian and actor to have an ownership stake in an MLS club, though, as Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated tweeted:
Grant Wahl @GrantWahl
Seattle Sounders have Drew Carey as a co-owner. LAFC now has Will Ferrell.2016-1-7 18:11:36
Ben Teller of Fox Sports was certainly excited to see Ferrell join the ownership group:
Ben Teller @benteller
Pumped for Will Ferrell as one of the newest owners of @LAFC. https://t.co/VfJDojKU5c2016-1-7 18:36:21
The Saturday Night Live alum joins a long list of LAFC owners, including Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, Tony Robbins, Vincent Tan—the owner of Cardiff City Football Club—and ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn, among others.
The franchise also unveiled its new crest and color scheme on Thursday:
Our crest. #WeAreLAFC #BlacknGold https://t.co/MPFO4rp4sa2016-1-7 18:04:37
The LA Galaxy have been one of MLS' most successful franchises, so the expectations will be high for LAFC. And the hope will be that a spirited rivalry develops between the two Los Angeles clubs.