The USL has been the subject of speculation this week with multiple ownership groups looking to buy into the league.
A number of teams have been linked to the league and there is still no clear answer.
However, according to a report in The Orlando Sentinel, USL teams are owned and controlled by a group of investors including investors who have ties to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the United States Soccer Federation and the Florida-based company known as The Orlando Sports Group.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that The Orlando Orlando Sports group has acquired ownership of the Miami FC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo, the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Columbus Crew SC.
All of those teams are located in Florida and have a combined MLS franchise, but all of those franchises are owned in a different manner than USL clubs.
The report cites sources familiar with the ownership group that the owners have no plans to buy the Miami and New York teams outright and have expressed interest in the Columbus, Houston and Houston Dynamo.
The group, which includes a group from the Florida attorney general’s office and the Orlando City Soccer Club, also has a group that is working on a plan to buy USL franchises in other states, according the report.
According to the report, the Orlando Sports groups intention is to combine their ownership of USL clubs with the Orlando Magic and the Orange County Register, which owns the Orlando Sentinel.
That will mean the Orlando Orlando Group has ownership of all 20 USL clubs in Florida.
The new ownership group has yet to name the remaining 20 clubs in its ownership group.
However it is clear that the group is looking to add MLS teams in the future, with the goal of having all 20 MLS clubs in operation by 2022.