Houston Dynamo’s Tim Parker (5) kicks away the ball as Vancouver Whitecaps’ Lucas Cavallini (9) slides in to block during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Houston.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Matias Vera, right, celebrates with Homidfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) after scoring a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Sporting Kansas City Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan.
Houston Dynamo defender Tim Parker, left, attempts to kick away the ball as Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Ryan Raposo (27) moves to the goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Houston.
Real estate developer and financier Ted Segal has become the majority owner of both Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Segal also acquired the leasing rights to BBVA Stadium.
Gabriel Brener, Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and James Harden will remain minority owners. Brener previously held a majority stake in the teams.
“Being here today is extremely gratifying for a number of reasons. I’ve been a soccer fan all my life. I was raised in New Jersey, a soccer hotbed, and have fond memories of the 1994 World Cup. I witnessed soccer’s explosion in popularity in the wake of that World Cup and the founding of the MLS,” Segal said Tuesday at a news conference in Houston. “I believe soccer is on the precipice of another step change in popularity in the run up to and hosting of another World Cup in North America in 2026.”
Segal vowed to provide the team with the resources for success. He also announced a three-year contract extension for defender Tim Parker, the signing of defender Teenage Hadebe from Yeni Malatyaspor in Turkey, and the addition of former Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes as CEO.
The Dynamo began play in 2006 and won back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. BBVA Stadium opened in 2012.
“He’s a true believer in what this sport could do to help lead and transform and create great role models for all of our kids, both in this city, in this state, and throughout the country,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said about Segal.