Sunday , Mar , 22 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Steve Nash Becomes Part-Owner of MLS Expansion Franchise

With his Suns barely clinging to life in the Western Conference playoff race, Nash’s long-held dream of securing an official foothold in the world of professional soccer was confirmed this week when a four-man ownership group that claims Nash as its face was awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Vancouver that will begin play in his home province of British Columbia in 2011.

"I’ll take it," Nash said with glee over the phone, acknowledging that it’s the first lift in terms of sports he’s felt in ages, as the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with Dallas is growing more likely by the day for the 35-year-old.

"I’m really, really excited about it."