While this is news in the lacrosse world, this might also impact the new USL soccer franchise, that is owned by the same group. In a press release, the lacrosse team stated that the team is going through “ownership restructuring”.
“After much deliberation and careful analysis, we felt that it was in the best interest of everyone involved to take a year off and come back in 2012 with a more financially fit and competitive franchise,” Titans majority owner Gary Rosenbach said in a press release. “It is pretty simple. In order for us to field a winning organization on the field, we need to refocus our efforts on rebuilding the business side of our house,” said the press release, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Earlier this year, the NASL Fanatic reported that Titan’s owner Steve Donner made the announcement of the new Orlando franchise. In addition, the NASL Fanatic also gave an opinion piece on Donner’s practices when he was running the Rochester Rhinos.
In the same Orlando Sentinel article, Donner stated in an email that he is no longer employed with the New York Empire Lacrosse LLP, which runs the Titans. But we do know that Donner was employed with the ownership group, serving as President of the club, last season.
“I would hate to speculate on any plan they may have and expect them to make an announcement after they have had some time to sort out the issues,” Donner wrote according to the Sentinel.
In addition to not paying vendors in Rochester, it looks like some in the organization didn’t care to pay the vendors in Orlando either. Orlando i-Sports, who provided apparel for the Titans, is still owed $4,000 by the team.
“I’ve left them several messages and haven’t heard anything,” said Brian Saunders, owner of Orlando i-Sports. “I’m hoping they will pay me, but hoping and waiting hasn’t gotten me anywhere so far.”
We will keep you posted on what this might mean for the future of soccer in the Orlando-area. Until then, I guess it is still only “Go Magic”.