Regardless how the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs turns out, the Super Bowl will have a Major League Soccer owner on the winning side.
That was made possible Sunday night when the Los Angeles Rams rallied and defeated the host New Orleans Saints in overtime, 26-23, on a 57-yard field goal to become NFC champions.
The Rams are owned by Stan Kroenke, who also is the owner of the Colorado Rapids.
In the AFC title encounter, Robert Kraft’s (New England Revolution) New England Patriots will visit the Hunt family’s (FC Dallas) Kansas City Chiefs at 6:40 p.m. ET.
Pretty cool, huh?
The two finalists will battle in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (ironically, the site of Atlanta United’s MLS Cup triumph Dec. 8) come Feb. 3. Maybe two clubs, depending on the outcome.
United owner Arthur Blank is also owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
Not many MLS owners have celebrated winning the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Kraft has won the most championships (five) – in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, followed by Kroenke (one) 2000 Paul Allen’s estate and family (one) — 2014.