Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye are among investors for a new US football club based in San Diego.
They are joined by former Chelsea striker Demba Ba and Moussa Sow of Al-Ahli to help fund the expansion side, which will compete in the NASL, the second tier of US soccer.
“We can’t wait to get started and win some games,” Hazard said in a statement released on Monday.
“San Diego is a beautiful place and the love and passion the people have for soccer made this an easy choice for us. My friends and I are honoured to turn this dream into a reality.”
Also speaking, Cabaye said: “It’s unbelievable to be part of this project, and I just want to do my best for the club and for San Diego.”
The club, to be named soon, will enter the divison next season – Spring 2018.
Home games will be hosted at the University of San Diego until they have a stadium of their own.