Multiple sources have told Mark J. Burns and Chris Smith of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal that Orlando City SC owner Flávio Augusto da Silva is nearing the final stages of a sale to an unknown buyer, who is believed to be based in North America. The report did not state whether other assets such as the Orlando Pride, OCB, or Exploria Stadium would be part of the deal.
Da Silva paid a $70 million expansion fee to bring Orlando City to Major League Soccer in 2015. Prior to that, the team had been a USL franchise owned by club co-founder Phil Rawlins. The SBJ report’s sources said that OCSC has been for sale for quite a while.
The team has quietly been on and off the market since at least 2018, according to several soccer and finance sources. Finance sources have referred to