The Wilf family has wanted to gain access to the Major League Soccer for a long some time.
The family group led by siblings Mark and Zygi and their cousin Lenny acquired a few months back a non-majority stake in Nashville Soccer Club.
Now, with the purchase of Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride, the Wilfs finally have now a soccer club under their own administration.
Just a few hours before the home game vs Inter Miami FC, chairman Mark Wilf told MLSsoccer.com he and the rest of the group were officially the new owners of the club: “We’ve had a lot of conversations over a couple of years and we’ve been around MLS a long time now, too. So it’s been a long-standing dream we’re aspiring to, and we’re happy to see it realized“.
The Wilf family, who completed the acquisition on July 21, arrive at an unusual moment at Orlando City SC. CEO Alex Leitão had just stepped down last week. Head coach Mark Skinner just left his post at Orlando Pride to take over Manchester United’s women’s team. Both the MLS and NWSL teams are in front line of making the playoffs, with the Men’s team currently running second in the MLS Eastern Conference. Add to that the club is strongly supporting its city’s bid to become a host venue for the FIFA World Cup 2026 matches.
Mark Wilf made sure to point out that the family sees Orlando City SC as much more, than just an investment:
“I just want the fans to know that we know we’re stewards of a franchise that belongs to this community,” he said, “and we want to make sure we have the kind of players and staff that this community can be proud of, both on and off the field, and that can provide wins and championships. So I give people that assurance that we will work every day towards that goal, both with City and the Pride. And I urge everybody to come out to the matches, it’s very exciting and we love your support in person.”