Carmelo Anthony is now the proud owner of NASL team Puerto Rico FC, which will be the 13th team in the NASL starting in 2016.
Anthony and his wife both have ties to the island, and he has expressed interest in doing business on the island for some time.
In an interview with ESPN FC, Anthony admitted to being a soccer fan.
"My passion for soccer has always been there," Anthony said.
Anthony, apparently, is a soccer junkie.
"I just always kept it to myself and among my circle. Going to games, sneaking into games and just watching and being around the sport over the years. The more time I started spending in Puerto Rico over the past six, seven years I realized that there was kind of a void down there on my island. The island didn't really have anything that they could kind of call their own, that they could represent not just on the island but from a global standpoint," Anthony said in the ESPN FC interview.
Puerto Rico FC is the first NASL team from the island since the Puerto Rico Islanders disbanded in 2012.
"I want to be that one team that represents Puerto Rico," Anthony said.
(H/T ESPN FC)
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