Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan to invest in Major League Soccer franchise

Cardiff FC owner Vincent Tan looks on during the UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium on August 12, 2014
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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and basketball great Magic Johnson are among the investors backing a new Major League Soccer franchise.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has teamed up with basketball legend Magic Johnson and other investors to secure a new Major League Soccer franchise called Los Angeles Football Club.

The new team, which is also backed by Queens Park Rangers co-owner Ruben Gnanalingam and former US women's football star Mia Hamm, will enter MLS in 2017.

"We believe this team can become a globally-recognised brand," said Los Angeles Football Club managing partner Henry Nguyen.

MLS will become a 22-club division in 2017, with a new Atlanta-based franchise also joining the league as an expansion team that season.

Tan, who also owns FK Sarajevo in Bosnia, has told BBC Sport that he will be a "minority partner" in Los Angeles Football Club.

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