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English Businessman Matt Cox Completes Takeover of Seattle Sounders11th January 2014
New Ownership: CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Sounders' owners have agreed a fee of $175m to sell a 100% stake of the club to Matt Cox.
The Sounders will be under new management from the start of the 2014 season. English millionaire Matt Cox has purchased the club from the four-investor ownership group. The majority owner was Hollywood producer Joe Roth, with minority owners Adrian Hanauer, former owner of the now defunct USL-1 team Seattle Sounders; Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers; and Drew Carey, comedian and game show host. Allen's partnership allowed for the team to share certain resources with the Seahawks. Over half of the Seahawks' full-time staff is shared with Sounders FC. The teams have merged ticket, marketing, and financial operations but it is understood that the partnership will still stand under Cox's ownership agreement.
Cox who is a recognized name in MLS hails from Hereford, England made his millions through stocks by investing in companies undergoing aggressive growth. He studied at the prestigious Hartpury College, UK which specializes in football and sporting excellence. He went on to represent Forest Green Rovers, Manchester City and Roda JC in Holland, whilst amassing a handful of appearances for the England U18 squad. Cox then studied a Bachelors degree in Sports Business Management at UWE before moving to Canada to become a coach for semi-pro club FC Trois Lacs, before becoming Technical Director for the Montreal Impact.
In an interview with MLS News, Cox was quick to praise the club and assure supporters of his passion to see the club grow: "I am so happy to be here. Since I arrived in Canada and was exposed to MLS I knew that this league had so much to offer and had the potential for big things. Seattle Sounders are a brand that since their inauguration into MLS in 2007 have grown and quickly become a household name. I plan to make them a real force in North America and with the most passionate fans in the country behind us I know it is possible."
The new owner will also act as General Manager in line with his ownership duties, just as former stakeholder Adrian Hanauer did. It is also unknown whether Cox will renew the contract of current head coach Sigi Schmid, whose deal expires this month.