Houston Rockets star James Harden bought an ownership stake in Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the NWSL’s Houston Dash on Thursday.
According to Ian Thomas of Front Office Sports, Harden will get a five percent stake in the organization. Harden’s ownership stake will raise the value of the organization to over $475 million.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said in a statement.
Harden continued,“Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time. Soccer in general, and especially MLS, have exploded in this country throughout my lifetime. I’ve been a fan of the game for several years, and I know that Houston has a massive soccer fanbase, so it was an easy decision for me when this opportunity arose.”
Harden joins an ownership group that includes majority owner Gabriel Brener, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, White Deer Energy managing partner Ben Guill and Portland, Oregon based investor Jake Silverstein.
The Houston Dynamo have been around since late 2005. They have won two MLS Cup titiles(2006 and 2007). Last year they didn’t make the playoffs be they did win the U.S. Open Cup.
The Houston Dash have been around since 2014. Last year the Dash had their best season so far, going 9-10 and had 32 points, both highs for the franchise.
Harden becoming part-owner of Houston’s soccer teams is a good thing and very cool. Maybe he can use his soccer knowledge to help both teams get better.
While America mostly doesn’t care about soccer expect when its time for the World Cup, maybe Harden could help Americans care about soccer more. At least he can make everyone in Houston a soccer fan.