Apr 27, 2022 - Sports

Reese Witherspoon, Derrick Henry become MLS team owners

closeup runway image of Reese Witherspoon at an awards show of some sort
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Oscar-winning actor Reese Witherspoon and Titans star Derrick Henry have joined the Nashville SC ownership group, the franchise announced Tuesday.

  • Witherspoon's husband, the media and technology investor Jim Toth, also joined the ownership group.

Why it matters: The celebrities' investments provide another jolt of positivity for the franchise in advance of Sunday's sold-out home opener at Geodis Park. The team did not disclose the new investors' ownership percentages.

What they're saying: "As a Tennessee native, it is thrilling to see how much growth and development has come to our home state," Witherspoon said in a press release. "One of the things that my whole family is most excited about is Nashville Soccer Club!"

  • Henry said in the release that as a kid he imagined one day owning a pro sports franchise. The running back called the opportunity to do so with a Major League Soccer franchise a "dream come true."
  • "My investment in Nashville SC is way more than financial, it's truly an investment in the city of Nashville," Henry said.

Be smart: With Geodis Park set to officially open this weekend, check out Axios reporter Maxwell Millington's guide to where to eat and drink around the stadium.

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