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Will Ferrell joins L.A. Football Club ownership group; 'This is not a joke,' he says

Will Ferrell joins L.A. Football Club ownership group; 'This is not a joke,' he says

The Los Angeles Football Club, Southern California’s expansion Major League Soccer franchise, unveiled its team crest and color scheme in a tightly choreographed news conference Thursday at Union Station.

But those announcements were quickly overshadowed by another unveiling near the end of the event, when actor Will Ferrell stepped on to the stage to be introduced as the newest member of the team’s burgeoning ownership group.

“This is not a joke,” promised Ferrell, whose best-known previous connection to soccer was his role as a dysfunctional youth coach in the comedy “Kicking & Screaming.”

Turns out his ties to the sport go...

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