Diplo Buys Stake in Arizona United Soccer Club
Sports maverick and part-time DJ Diplo
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as five-time Grammy-nominated producer, DJ, and recording artist Diplo, has had many illustrious collaborators since his rise in the early 2000s — M.I.A., Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. Now to that list you can add — drum roll, please — Phoenix's Arizona United Soccer Club.
Diplo, along with TMWRK Management, heads up a group of music executives and other recording artists who have purchased a minority stake in the Arizona United Soccer Club, the state's only professional soccer franchise. The club is now in its third year in the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest-growing American professional soccer league recognized by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
In a statement released January 27, Diplo said, “I’ve been really fortunate to travel all over the world and experience different cultures through music. Wherever I am — Jamaica, Spain, England, China, etc., — soccer is a social constant. 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. I see soccer the same way I see music, as a connective tissue linking the world’s cultures.”
Could this concentrated interest from such a high-profile backer make all the difference in finally making the world's football our own? Arizona United SC co-chairmen Kyle Eng and Brett Johnson seem to think so. In a statement, they said, “Diplo, throughout his music career as a DJ, Producer, and artist, has always been about global culture, youth culture, and inclusiveness, and we couldn’t think of a better match to not only fit our core demographic, but to wrap our team around.”
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.