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Jeff Luhnow was fired by Houston Astros in 2020 for sign stealing. Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

An investment group led by former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has purchased a Spanish soccer club.

Luhnow said in Madrid that they would do all they could to improve the club.

The club is located in the south of Madrid. The team finished in the middle of the pack.

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Two years ago, Luhnow and Hinch were suspended for a year by Major League Baseball after being found to have engineered a sign-stealing scheme using electronics during Houston's run to the World Series title. In January 2020, they were both fired.

Luhnow said that Blue Crow Sports includes investors from the United States, Mexico, El Salvadoran, and Canada. Blue Crow Sports acquired a Mexican club.

The club was owned by a local couple who took over when the club was in the third division.

In 2016 the club was promoted to the first division. They competed with the top teams in Spain before being demoted. They beat Real Madrid on their way to reaching the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

The talks with the former owners started in September. Spanish soccer has the greatest growth potential in the European game due to the league's tight cost control measures and its recent investment deal with a private equity firm.

Luhnow said his group wants to build its youth teams, promote its women's team, and invest in technology such as big data.

Luhnow said that they want to use technology to create advantages. We have a group of people who know how to use technology, and Leganes can use that. Soccer is going to change in the future.