While Patrick Mahomes was righting the perceived wrongs of this season with the Kansas City Chiefs win over the New York Giants during Monday Night Football, his fiancée was making moves off the field.
Brittany Matthews, the fiancée of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is a co-owner of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Kansas City team.
Over the weekend, the new name rollout occurred in Kansas City along with other significant changes helmed by Matthews.
The Kansas City NWSL franchise, now named the Kansas City Current, complimented its rebranding with a special name reveal. In addition, celebrations occurred around the K.C. region to signal the official arrival of the Kansas City Current.
Not New To This
However, the moves are not a departure from her athletic wheelhouse. Matthews, who was a college soccer player at the University of Texas-Tyler, had her own professional athletic career as a player with UMF Afturelding in Iceland.
“I have a true level of appreciation for what these incredible women do on a daily basis,” Matthews said in a statement, according to ESPN. “We have the greatest fans and community here in K.C. and I can’t wait to huddle around this team.”
Previously, Kansas City’s women’s soccer team was the F.C. Kansas City. The team was on a roll in the mid-2010s, winning back-to-back NWSL championships in 2014 and 2015.
However, the team was sold and after a year, the new team, Blues, folded. According to reports, assets were sent to an expansion franchise, the Utah Royals F.C.
Back in December 2020, the National Women’s Soccer League granted a return of women’s soccer to Kansas City. In addition, an ownership group with Matthews included was awarded an expansion franchise.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our league,” Baird said in December 2020 to ESPN. “Kansas City is a soccer-rich community, and this fantastic ownership group is ready and able to commit the resources necessary for this club to be a massive success.”
Matthews, 27, is the mother of 7-month-old Sterling Skye, her first child with Mahomes, and is listed as a fitness entrepreneur.
She is making money moves with the right business people in the Kansas City area like the husband-wife team Angie and Chris Long. The couple owns Palmer Square Capital Management, a Kansas City-based firm.
The new ownership group has all of the player rights, draft picks and assets from the former Utah Royals F.C.
Changing The KC Landscape
Additionally, the team is moving into new digs as an $85 million new stadium will be built for the team. According to reports, the privately financed facility is the first one in the U.S. constructed solely for the NWSL.
However, the ownership is now the second time Matthews and Mahomes have made an investment into Kansas City professional sports.
According to Sports Illustrated, Mahomes signed his seven-year, $150 million deal with the Chiefs in 2020. The deal has an average annual value of $21.4 million. Shortly after, Mahomes purchased an ownership stake in MLB’s Kansas City Royals.
Mahomes is the third Black quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. He signed a 10-year extension with up to $503 million with the Chiefs that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season.
Mahomes joined his fiancée for the name and logo unveiling over the weekend. On Saturday, the team played against the O.L. Reign. The team was formerly known as the Seattle Reign, but has relocated to Tacoma, Washington.
The game was the final of the season; however, the Current lost by a final score of 3-0.
The sports commentator squawks will continue about Mahomes’ and the Chiefs’ 7-7 record and being third in the AFC West. However, his fiancée keeps the post-career plans on track.