Orlando City owner in negotiations to sell soccer team to Minnesota Vikings owner

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City’s owner announced Wednesday that he is in negotiations to sell the team to the owner of the Minnesota Vikings.

In a release, Flavio Augusto da Silva said he is “in advanced negotiations with the Wilf family to purchase Orlando City SC of MLS, the Orlando Pride of the NWSL and our related soccer assets.”

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He said he’s “confidant the Wilf family will continue to push Orlando City SC to new heights and lead the Club into this next phase, both on and off the field.”

Augusto da Silva became the majority owner of the team in 2013.

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He said he expects the sale to be finalized over the coming months.

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“I‘d like to take this opportunity to thank you, the Orlando City SC family, for being a part of my journey and for embracing our Club as such an integral part of our community,” Augusto da Silva said in a release.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.