R&B singer Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are joining the Seattle Sounders FC owners group.
“Seattle means so much to me and Ciara,” Wilson said in a statement per The Undefeated. “We’re fired up about being part of the Sounders for a long, long time, having ownership in the Sounders and continuing to build that winning culture… we want to bring the best soccer players in the world right here to Seattle.”
Ciara added that “it’s an honor to join the Sounders team and have the unique opportunity to represent female ownership within major league sports. The team has already done some amazing things, but I believe the best is ahead, and we’re excited to be part of that.”
The business-savvy couple joins ten other families who have invested in the Sounders, including rapper Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his wife, Anu; and former Microsoft exec Terry Myerson and his wife, Katie.
“We are doubling down on this community and growing our local roots even deeper,” majority owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. “Sounders FC was born right here in Seattle, and for more than 40 years, the club has forged a meaningful legacy that is deep and far-reaching. Today’s news is a testament to what our community has accomplished, as 11 new families have joined with the broader Sounders family as fans and invested stewards of our club.”
Wilson announced the news to his followers via social media:
“Football. Fútbol. We Love them both!” the Seattle Seahawks quarterback tweeted Tuesday morning, along with a photo of himself, Ciara and their children in Sounders gear. “We can’t wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer!”