Trivia Answer

When MLS began in 1996, the league included a team in Tampa. Who owned that team?

When Major League Soccer opened in 1996 with ten teams, the structure for ownership was that each team would be 51 percent held by the league and 49 percent held by an owner-operator.  Seven of the original 10 teams had owner-operators working in partnership with the league.  Three teams were entirely owned by the league and operated by the league.  They were Tampa Bay, Dallas, and San Jose.

Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti. .