Here's a fanciful rumor that is interesting to think about: British magazine Female First quoted a report from the Daily Star on Wednesday that recording superstar Rihanna, an avid soccer fan, is looking to buy a team, either in England or the United States, with the MLS team in question being in Los Angeles. Bet you didn't anticipate that rumor, did you?
According to the tabloids, the singer wants to open a soccer academy in her native Barbados, and either purchase an English Premier League team or said LA team.
Here's the key quote about the LA link:
"Britain is like a second home to her, although she's also hinted she may do something with an LA team."
The star, who both tweeted frequently on soccer matters during the World Cup and also flashed the stadium during the World Cup final to celebrate Germany's win, has made a heap of money as a successful singer over the years. Hilariously, the report also had this quote:
"At first we thought Rihanna's desire to be involved with soccer on a business level would soon blow over.
"We figured she was still on a high from the World Cup. But now it's becoming clear she really is serious."
Now, the report does not name Chivas USA, but it is a team in Los Angeles in search of an owner, especially in light of news this week that MLS is still looking for a buyer.
Of course, this could be somebody inventing stories out of wholecloth, which happens all the time in the British/celebrity tabloid media. "Singer likes soccer? Check. Team in US is looking for an owner? Check. Let's combine the two facts into a story!"
I doubt we hear much more about this, but as the search for an owner continues, who knows what might happen. And as strange to imagine Rihanna as an owner, what would be weird about it? That she's a pop star? That she's a woman (she would be the only female owner in the league)? If she was willing to spend the money, hired the right people to run the club, and was committed for the long haul, it could be really great.
But again, this is very much a rumor, and a very tenuous one at best. If we hear more about this or anything else regarding the Chivas USA ownership situation, we'll of course let you know.
What do you think? Leave a comment below!
(H/T to @rebrand_chivas_ for alerting us to the story)