File-This Nov. Four, 2018, file checklist reveals, Cleveland Browns householders Dee and Jimmy Haslam stroll on the field earlier than an NFL soccer sport towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, in Cleveland. The Browns householders possess offered the Columbus Crew, guaranteeing the group won’t relocate. The Haslams possess been working for months with the a neighborhood to take care of the Major League Soccer franchise in Ohio. (AP Characterize/David Richard, File)
CLEVELAND (AP) — With their NFL franchise in better form, Browns householders Dee and Jimmy Haslam are tackling soccer.
The Haslams possess agreed to bring together over the Columbus Crew, guaranteeing the Major League Soccer group won’t relocate.
Since October, the Haslams possess been working with a neighborhood headed by inclined group doctor Peter Edwards to take care of the Crew in Ohio while exploring the different of looking for the group. On Friday, the perimeters introduced an agreement, ending speculation about the group’s hazardous future.
“At some stage in our conversations, it’s been overwhelmingly obvious that Crew SC belongs in Columbus, and we are delighted to possess reached an agreement in precept to remove an ownership web page in Major League Soccer and to operate Columbus Crew SC,” the Haslams acknowledged in a joint utter with Edwards. “Because the stewards of Crew SC, we are going to continuously be enthusiastic by building a championship caliber group that makes the town proud, rising dynamic and mighty fan experiences and deeply participating the neighborhood to carry out a certain affect.”
Sooner than the Haslams turned alive to, there became as soon as a stable chance the Crew, one among the MLS’ founding franchises, became as soon as interesting to Austin, Texas. The MLS is expected to set an enlargement group in Austin.
Columbus officials this month introduced that Mapfre Stadium, the Crew’s dwelling since 1999, is being repurposed as a neighborhood sports actions park and practising facility.
“While we work to finalize the deal promptly, we are seeking to convey publicly the big collaboration and neighborhood toughen for Crew SC, which has convey the stage for a strong notion that involves an international-class soccer stadium — a serious step that may relieve guarantee the club’s success on and off the field,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber acknowledged.
The Haslams offered the Browns in 2012 from Randy Lerner. Their tenure has been beset with educating and front-administrative middle turnover, however the Browns (7-7-1) enter Sunday’s sport at Baltimore with an different to post their first a success season since 2007.
The Haslams possess long considered the Columbus market as vital within the Browns’ total development. The group as soon as even handed interesting its summer camp to central Ohio earlier than upgrading its twelve months-spherical facility in Berea.