HOUSTON (FOX 26) - As FOX 26 Sports reported first on Tuesday, Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is now the majority owner of the franchise.
He joined with two other investors to complete the transaction of buying out Anschutz Entertainment Group's 50 percent stake.
Brener already owned 25 percent of the team, as does former boxing great Oscar de la Hoya, who will maintain his stake in the team.
Brener has absorbed enough of AEG'S position in the Dynamo to become the franchise's lead owner
MLS sources told FOX 26 the MLS Board of Governors approved the sale of AEG's stake in the Dynamo to Brener and his two investors last week, with the deal closing on Tuesday.
"It's terrific," said Brener in an interview with FOX 26. "We are here to win. We are looking to win many more championships."
"It was time to have the team associated with a family -- real people and not just with a corporate image," added Brener.
Also joining him in the newly-created Dynamo ownership group is Houstonian Ben A. Guill, managing partner of Houston-based White Deer Energy, and private investor Jake Silverstein.
"I'm just a small minority shareholder," said Guill, who is also a member of the Houston Astros ownership group.
"I'm just excited to be part of the equation. I have a small piece of the Astros. It's exciting. I just hope they don't have games on the same night."
On Dec. 2, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority gave its approval for the transaction.
"We're the owners and landlords of the building (BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo home), and so in order for them to have an ownership change they have to come get our approval as their landlord, and we're delighted to do that," said Kenny Friedman, chairman of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports on Dec. 2
"We think the new ownership is going to be terrific for the Dynamo going forward."
Dynamo president Chris Canetti agreed with that assessment on Tuesday.
"I am excited over this new ownership group headed by Gabriel Brener," said Canetti. "He is passionate about this club and connected to our city.
"He and his partners want to win, build the fan base and give back to the community. It's a positive situation for the Dynamo and its fans."
Brener also controls the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League.
The Dynamo own the Dash.