D.C. United appears to be moving ever closer to making a long-awaited addition to its ownership and investment structure. Indonesian media magnate Erick Thohir, who is also an investor with the Philadelphia 76ers, attended the team’s practice at RFK Stadium on Friday morning.
Thohir was first named by The Washington Post as a potential new investor in the team, which has been looking to deepen its financial strength since the departure of former majority owner Victor MacFarlane sold his stake in the team in 2009. An independent source said that a member of the 76ers ownership group was interested in D.C. United.
United president Kevin Payne said earlier this month he hoped it would be “relatively soon” that D.C. got its ownership situation in order so that it could pursue talks regarding a soccer stadium in the District.
On Friday, Thohir and a number of unidentified associates were introduced by Payne to United coach Ben Olsen and the players after the team’s training session inside the stadium had concluded. Present team owner Will Chang was not present.
The team declined comment.