LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles FC gathered at epochal Union Station to unveil their crest and colors Thursday morning, but there was a certain scene-stealer lurking nearby. He struck at the optimal moment.
Some 24 minutes into LAFC’s presentation, actor/comedian Will Ferrell climbed onto the stage at the downtown train station’s historic concourse with chair in hand, sat down between Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Peter Guber, a Hollywood executive who is part of the club’s ownership team, and then interrupted Mia Hamm Garciaparra, another owner, as she addressed the gathering of media and supporters.
Hamm Garciaparra, one of women’s soccer’s most prominent figures, then announced that Ferrell, a Southern California native whose family has long been involved in the sport, was the latest addition to an impressive LAFC ownership group that now numbers 25.
“This is no joke,” Ferrell said when he stepped to the dais. “I’m actually a member of this fine ownership group, and it’s very exciting for me. I’ve never been a part-owner of anything. … I’m still part-owner of an ’84 [Toyota] Camry with my brother.”