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Dwyane Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star player, he boasted this Thursday on his social networks to be part of the new group of owners of Real Salt Lake of the MLS.
“Excited to join the world of soccer and be a part of Real Salt Lake along with my partners at Smith Entertainment Group, Ryan Smith and Ryan Sweeney. Let’s go! ”He wrote on Twitter in a post that he accompanied with a photo showing three Salt Lake T-shirts, one of which says Wade and wears number 22.
On Wednesday, MLS Board of Owners approved sale of Real Salt Lake, located in the state of Utah, and the properties associated with the team to David Blitzer and the Smith Entertainment Group, headed by Ryan Smith.
Along with Smith, Wade also owns another Utah team, the NBA Jazz, of which he has been a minority partner since April.. His son, Zaire Wade, plays for this team’s affiliate in the Development League.
Wade, winner of three NBA titles, He also became an owner, along with his partners, of properties related to Real Salt Lake., Rio Tinto Stadium, the Zions Bank training venue and the RSL Academy and affiliate, youth, local and regional teams.
The group led by Blitzer and Smith are the third-party owners of Real Salt Lake, which first belonged to founder Dave Checketts from 2004 to 2013 and then to Dell Loy Hansen, who was forced to sell the set from 2020 because of racist attitudes.
Blitzer also owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils in the NHL and the English Premier’s Crystal Palace.
Real Salt Lake, MLS champion in 2009, He will debut in the 2022 MLS season on February 27 when he visits the Houston Dynamo.
Last season, the Utah side finished seventh in the Western Conference and lost his zone final to the Portland Timbers.
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