ORLANDO, Fla. (July 21, 2021) — The Wilf household has finalized its acquisition of Orlando Metropolis Soccer Membership, turning into the Membership’s new majority house owners, it was introduced as we speak. The acquisition consists of Orlando Metropolis Soccer Membership of Main League Soccer, the Orlando Pleasure of the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League, Exploria Stadium and all associated soccer property, together with the Orlando Metropolis Academy and Youth Soccer Community, and the Membership’s two official coaching services, the Orlando Well being Coaching Floor at Osceola Heritage Park and the Orlando Well being Coaching Floor at Sylvan Lake Park.
Mark Wilf, alongside along with his brother Zygi and cousin Lenny, will likely be managing companions of Orlando Metropolis SC and Orlando Pleasure. Mark will function Chairman and Governor. The Wilf household has owned the Nationwide Soccer League’s Minnesota Vikings for the previous 17 years and so they lead Backyard Properties, the household’s actual property agency, a nationwide chief in retail, industrial, and personal residential growth.
“We’re humbled to turn out to be stewards of Orlando Metropolis SC and the Orlando Pleasure, golf equipment with robust and established foundations on the pitch, with famend supporters and a passionate fan base, and in a group we’re extraordinarily proud to symbolize,” mentioned new Chairman Mark Wilf.
“We’ve got an ideal appreciation for Flavio Augusto da Silva and to your entire workers for all of our discussions and for the muse that they helped construct,” Wilf continued. “We’re dedicated to constructing a world-class group, successful championships, investing within the development and success of the Pleasure, and making certain that we proceed to provide again to the Orlando group and make a significant distinction.”
The DeVos household will be a part of the possession group as a restricted accomplice. The DeVos household has been a part of the material of Orlando since buying the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s Orlando Magic in 1991. Dan DeVos will function the household’s lead consultant. Dan is chairman of the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Magic Youth Basis.
“We’re additionally thrilled to welcome the DeVos household as a part of our possession group,” Mark Wilf added. “Dan and the DeVos household are synonymous with Orlando sports activities and group. They’re a valued and powerful strategic accomplice as we transfer ahead and work to create sustained success for Orlando Metropolis SC and the Orlando Pleasure.”
With the acquisition of Orlando Metropolis SC and the Orlando Pleasure, the Wilf household has dissolved its minority stake in 2020 MLS enlargement facet Nashville SC.
The Wilf household will likely be formally launched and welcomed to Orlando at a media occasion and availability at Exploria Stadium on Wednesday, August 4. Extra particulars on this occasion will likely be forthcoming.