Eli Manning: “I have lived and worked in this community for almost two decades. It’s home to me, and Gotham FC is my family’s favorite soccer club.” (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports)

NJ/NY Gotham FC announced on Wednesday that former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and current Giants executive Pete Guelli have become the club’s newest minority owners.

The National Women’s Soccer League team has added nine investors this year.

“I have lived and worked in this community for almost two decades,” Manning said in a statement. “It’s home to me, and Gotham FC is my family’s favorite soccer club. Combine that with the organization’s strong leadership, talented roster, and sustained growth, and it became clear that joining this great group was a fantastic opportunity.”

Added Guelli: “I’ve spent my career developing and elevating sports brands, and I’m confident Gotham FC is on the verge of becoming a pillar of the New Jersey and New York sports market. This club has assembled talented and dedicated ownership group, and I look forward to offering my perspective as we work together to build something special.”

Taken first overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, Manning retired from football after the 2019 season after a 16-season career with the Giants. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and MVP who holds franchise records for passing yards, touchdown passes and completions. In 2016, Manning won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for spearheading Hackensack University Medical Center’s “Tackle Kids’ Cancer” and other children’s health initiatives.

“Eli is known for the positive and influential impact he has on our communities,” Gotham FC chair Tammy Murphy said in a statement “His legendary work-ethic, drive for success, and passion for giving back to the community will be tremendous assets for our club. Pete brings a depth of sports acumen that will bolster all we are working to achieve. It’s my honor to welcome them both to the Gotham FC family.”

Guelli has more than two decades of experience as a professional sports executive. Prior to joining the Giants, Guelli spent 11 years with the Buffalo Bills and was the EVP, Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte Hornet. During his decade with Hornets, Guelli oversaw the transformation of the team’s business model including the return of the historic Hornets brand.