Orlando City — along with the NWSL’s Orlando Pride — officially has new ownership.
The Wilf family, owners also of the Minnesota Vikings, completed their purchase of Orlando’s MLS franchise, continuing a wild success story for the franchise.
After settling into MLS with former owner Flavio Augusto da Silva, the organization is on solid footing, making the playoffs for the first time last season and positioning themselves for a high playoff seed this season.
New ownership always brings about some instability. But in this case, it seems Orlando City is on stronger footing than ever before.
Part of that is certainly the backing of a successful NFL ownership group — the Vikings have made the playoffs in the NFL six times since they bought the team in 2005 including two trips to the NFC Championship game.
The other part is the support that is coming from the city’s other hometown team.
The DeVos family, who have long been friends with the Wilfs, bought a minority stake in Orlando City, tying the two premier professional sports franchises in the city together further.
The DeVos family bought a minority stake in Orlando City SC of the MLS, drawing the Orlando Magic closer to their neighbors and the sports community in the City Beautiful.
The DeVos family will not have a vote on the managing board or have a say in the day-to-day operations of the franchise. Instead, they will serve as advisors…