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DC United secures investment from NFL star Ingram

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Major League Soccer's DC United has secured a minority investment from National Football League running back Mark Ingram II.

According to the Washington Post, Houston Texans star Ingram, who was the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, will own about one per cent of the MLS team.

Ingram was introduced to DC United chief executive Jason Levien in 2019 and he has attended two matches this season, including last weekend's game against Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he met players and staff.

“DC United are a club rich with tradition and ripe with promise," Ingram said in a statement. "I am excited about the recent investments the club has made to build towards a sustainable future and the decisions they have taken at the leadership level both on and off the pitch.

"I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the DMV as a professional athlete as well as had the fortune of attending DC United matches and the passion of the sporting community and fanbase here is second to none. I look forward to playing an active role in the ownership group to help our club compete for more major trophies and deepen our impact in the community," he said.

He is the latest high-profile personality to invest in an MLS team, including National Basketball Association superstar Kevin Durant in the Philadelphia Union, and Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey in Austin FC.

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