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Boxing star De la Hoya buys into MLS champs Houston Dynamos

LA Galaxy ace David Beckham's MLS profile is under threat after the announcement that boxing champ Oscar de la Hoya has bought a significant stake in Houston Dynamos.

Current owner/operators of the two-time defending MLS Cup Champion Dynamo, AEG, will retain ownership shares in the club and continue to operate the franchise in partnership with the new ownership group according to Oliver Luck, President and General Manager of The Houston Dynamo.

"Having Oscar and Gabriel as our partners in Houston is the right alliance in the right market at the right time," said AEG supremo Leiweke.

"With Gabriel and his family's strong ties and commitment to Houston, our organization will have an even more significant, positive impact and influence within the community."

"Oscar and our organization go back many years and having the ability to tap into his business background and marketing philosophies will be an asset for this team that the fans will see the benefits of from today forward," Leiweke added.

"Together this ownership group will continue to build a model franchise and make it our highest priority to find a home for the Dynamo in the Houston metro area."

"I'm a huge soccer fan and have been very impressed with the progress MLS and especially The Houston Dynamo have made in recent years. I also appreciate how much soccer, like boxing, appeals to the Hispanic community. I'm very excited to be part of such a top notch organization," said De La Hoya.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Enterprises added: "We are very pleased to join the Houston family. The association with Brenner, AEG and The Dynamo is very much in keeping with our philosophy to partner with the best organizations and individuals out there.

"We look forward to being part of the team's growth."

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