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“It doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend the money,” Thohir said. “But I’m a sport man. I want to spend the money, but I want to win the championship the right way - not just buying players. … There have to be more Americans because we play in the United States. We have to also contribute to the U.S. national team.”

Added United president Kevin Payne: “We’re really not going to have any restrictions on what we do. That doesn’t mean we’re going to rush out and do silly things and throw money around.”

Levien said that he and Thohir decided to pursue interests in MLS after they attended a Galaxy exhibition in Indonesia last fall that Thohir helped facilitate. When Levien met with coach Ben Olsen and members of the D.C. front office during the team’s preseason trip to Arizona in February, “We really hit it off,” Payne said.

In May, Thohir paid a visit to RFK to meet his future collaborators in person.

“I really believe when you marry, it’s only one time,” Thohir said. “When you have partners, it has to be a long-term partnership. So chemistry in the partnership is very important.”