Brittany Matthews, Fiancee of Patrick Mahomes, Part Of NWSL Expansion Team Ownership In KC

Dec 7, 2020, 10:49 AM | Updated: 10:57 am
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Brittany Matthews, girlfriend of quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas...
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Brittany Matthews, girlfriend of quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, looks on before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League is returning to Kansas City after an ownership group led by local business people that includes the fiancee of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Brittany Matthews, was awarded an expansion franchise Monday.

League commissioner Lisa Baird also said the ownership group, which is led by the husband-wife team of Angie and Chris Long and their Kansas City-based Palmer Square Capital Management, will assume all of the player rights, draft picks and other necessary assets from Utah Royals FC as that club winds down its operations.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our league,” Baird said. “Kansas City is a soccer-rich community, and this fantastic ownership group is ready and able to commit the resources necessary for this club to be a massive success.”

Included in the ownership group is Matthews, who played college soccer at the University of Texas-Tyler before a professional stint with UMF Afturelding in Iceland. Matthews, who is expecting the couple’s first child in the new year, now lives in Kansas City and is a fitness entrepreneur.

“I have a true level of appreciation for what these incredible women do on a daily basis,” Matthews said in a statement. “We have the greatest fans and community here in KC and I can’t wait to huddle around this team.”

It’s the second time the couple has invested in a pro sports franchise in Kansas City. Shortly after signing a deal that could pay him $500 million over the next decade, Mahomes purchased an ownership stake in MLB’s Kansas City Royals.

The city’s previous women’s soccer team, FC Kansas City, won back-to-back NWSL championships in 2014 and ’15 before it was sold to a Minnesota-based ownership group. After a year, the Blues announced they were folding and that their assets would be sent to the expansion franchise in Utah.

The new Kansas City club already has announced that former FC Kansas City general manager Huw Williams will be back as its head coach. He worked hand-in-hand with that club’s former coach, Vlatko Andonovski, who is now the head coach of the U.S. women’s national team — which coincidentally has a sparkling new training facility in Kansas City.

“The league has been transformed by innovative leadership and explosive growth,” Angie Long said. “We are committed to getting this right, for our team and our town.”

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