Tim Howard will become the next general manager of Memphis 901, league sources told The Athletic.

Howard is the minority owner of the team that launched last year.

Howard emphasized defense in an interview with The Athletic earlier this year.

“Memphis is a basketball town first, right? And I think that we love the Grizzlies. It’s a Grit and Grind city. It’s a hard-working, blue collar-kind of town. You earn everything you get in Memphis, unlike the folks up the road in Nashville. The team takes on an identity. We like our 901 FC team to take on that identity as well.”