Basketball superstar James Harden joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash and Shell Energy Stadium on July 18, 2019.
On the court, Harden was the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and has led the United States to gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The 29-year-old joined the Houston Rockets ahead of the 2012-13 season and has been named an NBA All-Star in each season while leading the team to the playoffs every year. Harden has earned first-team All-NBA honors in five of the past six seasons.
“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 at the time of the announcement. “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 was represented in this transaction by business manager Lorenzo McCloud along with True Capital management, while the Dynamo and Dash were represented by Brener Group Chief Operating Officer and club Executive Vice President Chris Hopkins.
The club ownership stake adds another high-profile investment to the shooting guard’s already Impressive portfolio, which includes the sports drink BodyArmor, Art of Sport (A.O.S.), a body- and skin-care brand tailored specifically for athletes, and the sock company Stance, among others.