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Grammy-nominated producer Diplo to invest in Arizona United Soccer Club


PHOENIX — A Grammy-nominated producer and artist announced Wednesday he and a group of music executives will be financially investing in the Arizona United Soccer Club, according to a recent press release.

In a move that signifies the growth of pro soccer leagues in the Valley, Grammy-nominated producer and artist Diplo announced he and the group will be purchasing a “minority equity stake” in the team and will be a part of the team’s Board of Directors.

Diplo said he decided to invest in the team because he believes soccer is a “social constant” that links all the world’s cultures.

“I wanted to figure out a way to get involved with the game and team sports so when Arizona United presented itself, I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” he said in the press release. “I see soccer the same way I see music, as a connective tissue linking the world’s cultures.”

Arizona United Soccer Club Co-Chairmen Kyle Eng and Brett M. Johnson said Diplo is a perfect investment match because he has always “been about global culture, youth culture and inclusiveness.”

“We couldn’t think of a better match to fit our core demographic and to wrap our team around,” the pair said in the press release. “The number of ways we can work together to grow the Arizona United SC brand is unlimited with a partner like Diplo.”

The Arizona United Soccer Club announced its regular season schedule on Monday, which includes 15 matches at the Peoria Sports Complex. It will begin its season at the Los Angeles Galaxy II on March 23 and will play at home on Apr. 30 against the Portland Timbers FC 2

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