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Randy Lerner buys Aston Villa

MLS Commisioner Dan Garber mentioned last week that Cleveland was a front runner for MLS expansion. This may be true, but the owner of the Cleveland Browns won’t be part of the mix for an MLS franchise as today he purchased English heavyweight club Aston Villa. Villa has a proud tradition but has fallen on hard times lately. Unlike fellow NFL owner Malcom Glazer who bought Manchester United a few years ago, Lerner actually has the support of the Villa fans who long for a return to the glory of yesteryear with some of Lerner’s cash.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →
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2 Responses to Randy Lerner buys Aston Villa

  1. The Three Lions says:

    Very fortunate for Villa fans. Lerner will spend a great deal to be successful.

  2. USA2010 says:

    Lerner’s money hasn’t helped the Browns much, so let’s hope he gets some competent people to run the team or you can expect much of the same.

    This has to be disappointing news for MLS which is so desperate for investors. There is something seriously wrong if they can’t sell thier product to deep-pocketed individuals in their own back yard.

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