Eng Resigns as CEO of Arizona United. Who are the New Owners?

search-1Valley businessman Kyle Eng resigned as the Co-Chairman, Governor, and CEO of the Arizona United Soccer Club early Wednesday morning. In a letter sent out to the organizations front office staff, coaches, and players, Eng wrote, Launching Arizona United SC will go down as one of the highlights of my professional career – and to think we were able to secure the rights from USL and field a team in just 29 days! Yes, that was crazy. I decided to create Arizona United SC for one reason: community. It was my goal to create a professional soccer team that would be a source of pride for Arizonans, that kids could grow up wanting to play for and that would offer families a sporting experience unlike any other.

searchReached by phone, Eng told Sports360az.com ” I never thought that I was larger than the game, It’s time for an investment group to take over, I’ve passed the torch, I’m proud of what we’ve done”.

The new ownership group has an impressive list of local investors led by Berke Bakay, the CEO of Kona Grill.

David Farca-President of International Business Group and in 2015 was appointed President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. He also was part of the Arizona Super Bowl Committee.

others in the ownership group will include.

Tim Riester-Founder and CEO of RIESTER Advertising

Dave Stearns-Co-Founder and CEO of Connect Wireless

Jim Scusssel-Co-Founder of Four Peaks Brewing Company

Richard Hauser-President and Owner of Capital Real Estate Firm

LA Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy

Brett Johnson, who deserves a ton of credit for coming in alongside of Eng a season ago, will remain in an ownership position as well. I will write much more about the job Eng did, this move,  and what it means for soccer in Arizona in the coming days. United SC has a home match tonight against LA Galaxy ll  starting at 7:30pm.


Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.