Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes buys stake in MLS club Sporting Kansas City

KANSAS CITY -- Patrick Mahomes bought into the ownership group for Sporting Kansas City, a major sports franchise.Mahomes stated, "I am grateful to have the opportunity to join Sporting Kansas City’s ownership team and strengthen the connection with the fans and the community I love." "Sporting is a community-oriented team, and I'm excited to support the growth of soccer here in Kansas City."- MLS on ESPN+ - Stream LIVE games, replays (U.S. Only)Cliff Illig, Sporting Kansas City's main owner, stated that Patrick is a great ambassador for Kansas City. He was delighted to join the Sporting Club ownership group. He is not only an outstanding player on the soccer field but he is also deeply committed to helping the community and promoting the game of soccer. Patrick is a master at cultivating winning cultures. We look forward to competing for Children's Mercy Park championships in the future."According to a source familiar with the matter, Mahomes and Sporting Kansas City had been in talks for about 12 months regarding a stake. According to the source, Mahomes has been at least 12 MLS matches at Children's Mercy Park and led the "I Believe” chant before a 2018 playoff match.Mahomes was also present at the U.S. men’s national team match against Canada at the venue in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Mahomes bought the Kansas City Royals ownership group last year. Brittany Matthews is Mahomes' fiance and co-owner of Kansas City's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) franchise.Mahomes, 25, was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 2018. He then led the Chiefs to two consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LIV.This story was contributed by Jeff Carlisle, an ESPN soccer reporter.