JAXUSL is the operating company formed to bring and develop men’s and women’s professional United Soccer League franchises to Northeast Florida.
Formed when Steve Livingstone and Tony Allegretti partnered with Ricky Caplin and Tim Tebow in 2022, the company’s goal is to bring competitive USL action to the First Coast by 2025/2026, and to work with local authorities in the development of a 15,000-capacity stadium and training facility to host the club in Northeast Florida.
JAXUSL has formed a non-exclusive partnership with Florida Elite Soccer Academy, and are also actively seeking to partner with ALL youth soccer organizations in the region to develop new opportunities for youth soccer and enhanced playing facilities as part of the creation of a pathway to professional soccer locally on the First Coast
JAXUSL will make additional announcements in the coming months relating to the USL, stadium and facilities projects.
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Jacksonville, Florida resident
CEO HCI Group/Caplin Family Offices
Richard Caplin is globally recognized as a leading entrepreneur who has launched and led multiple organizations that have created thousands of jobs, including The HCI Group – one of the largest global healthcare IT consulting firms. Following a March 2017 merger between The HCI Group and Tech Mahindra, Caplin became one of the top global executives at Tech Mahindra, a global technology company with 117,000+ employees. Under his leadership, the combined companies are thriving through their continued support of the adoption of digital technologies in the healthcare space.
Caplin is the recipient of the 2015 Ernst and Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Jacksonville Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO Award and has received recognition throughout the nation for his civic service. He was named a 2016 “Rising Stars of the Profession—Excellence in Healthcare” winner by Consulting Magazine, a Top 75 Leader in Healthcare by Advantage Magazine, three-time University of Florida Gator100 award winner, and was selected to participate in the KPMG Quantum Shift program, an elite group of America’s most promising entrepreneurs.
Caplin, a former Certified Public Accountant, graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Florida. Caplin completed executive education at Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and three children.
Jacksonville Florida Resident
Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick, and former professional baseball player.
The five-time New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and football analyst is most passionate about his work with the Tim Tebow Foundation (TTF), whose mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.
The Tim Tebow Foundation is currently fighting for people who can’t fight for themselves in over 70 countries and counting through 4 primary ministry focuses with 16 initiatives.
Tim attended high school in St. Johns County at Nease High School.
Tim is married to Demi-Leigh Tebow, a speaker, influencer, entrepreneur, and Miss Universe 2017. Tim and Demi live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three dogs, Chunk, Kobe, and Paris.”
Founding Owner and Managing Director
St. Johns County Florida resident
Sports Management Professional. Former President Jacksonville Armada F.C., COO Louisville City F.C., 18-year NFL management career. Born in Glasgow, Scotland.
A co-founder of the expansion club, Steve Livingstone is an experienced professional sports organization President/CEO with 30 years working in the industry in all areas from club foundation to growth and development. Expert in leadership, recruitment, strategic planning, revenue generation, partnership development, marketing, ticket sales, team and stadium operations, PR & communications, government, and investor relations, Livingstone will serve as the President and CEO of the new USL franchise.
Steve has worked in all areas of the sports industry, on both sides of the Atlantic, contributing to an impressive career with the world’s leading sports organizations, including the National Football League, North American Soccer League, United Soccer League, Copa America, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Armada FC, Scottish Claymores, Louisville City FC, and Glasgow Celtic FC. He is well connected within the sports industry on both sides of the Atlantic and is uniquely positioned in possessing a critical understanding of sports business operations, sales and marketing from the team and league side of the business in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.
Previously, Livingstone guided the USL’s Louisville City F.C. to significant growth in attendance, ticket sales and sponsorship revenue as COO during the club’s USL Championship-winning seasons in 2017/2018. He also assisted in the development of Lou City’s new 14,000-seat downtown stadium project while also advising several USL expansion franchises.
Livingstone was part of the Copa America Centenario tournament in 2016 as the managing director of the Florida venue at Camping World Stadium, Orlando. Livingstone directed the conversion of the Citrus Bowl from an artificial pro turf surface to a FIFA/CONCACAF compliant grass surface for the tournament. He recruited and led a 20-strong staff and coordinated over 150 volunteers, working closely with the City of Orlando, Florida Sports Commission, the Host Committee and Orlando Venues to produce a successful host venue which featured three international matches played in five days, and the management, organization, and security of six visiting men’s national teams including Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama and Paraguay.
From 2013 to 2016, Livingstone established and built one of the NASL’s most successful expansion clubs, Jacksonville Armada F.C. At the Armada, he directed the brand and competitive launch of the club, which debuted in front of over 14,000 against the MLS’ Philadelphia Union at EverBank Field on February 7, 2015; and set a modern-day NASL regular season attendance record of 16,164 against FC Edmonton on April 4. During the Armada’s Inaugural season, the club attracted an attendance of over 160,000, (averaging over 8,000 per match for 20 matches) and successfully partnered with over 70 local, national and international sponsors including Nike, Coca Cola and Winn-Dixie. He was instrumental in organizing a mid-season friendly at EverBank Field in Jacksonville with the storied Argentinian club, Boca Juniors – a match that was broadcast to over 11 million on FOX Sports Latin America.
Livingstone emigrated to the United States at the end of 2004, settling his family in Jacksonville, Florida, before beginning a nine-season appointment with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. With the Jaguars, he helped direct the club’s business development and marketing efforts from 2005-2013 and was responsible for overseeing $60M in sales revenue annually. Livingstone was a part of staffs that set record attendances and revenues for the Jaguars in the 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 seasons, despite indifferent performances on the field and a tough economy off it. The Jaguars were recognized consistently as the #1 team in the NFL for Fan Experience from 2005-2013.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Livingstone began his professional sports career in sports journalism, where he was a soccer writer, producer and editor with national media outlets from 1990-1996 covering the Scottish and English Premier Leagues, the Champions League and the NFL. He “jumped” the football fence in 1997 to join the NFL Europe (formerly World League) Scottish Claymores, moving up through the organization to become the youngest GM/managing director in the NFL in 2000 at the age of 32.
Founding Owner and Managing Director
St. Johns County resident
A co-founder of the expansion club, Antonio (Tony) Allegretti is widely regarded as a pioneer for Downtown and cultural development in Jacksonville and recognized nationally for events and innovations, public and private. Allegretti is a stakeholder and entrepreneur with his partnerships from founding local restaurant concepts Burrito Gallery, Uptown Market, and BREW Five Points.
Allegretti served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville from 2014 -2018From 2014 to 2018 the direct economic impact of the Cultural Service Grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58 million to $82+ million, and from twenty-one organizations to twenty-seven.
Under Allegretti’s leadership Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Program has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in new and reallocated public art funding, including new works in underserved neighborhoods. During his tenure the permanent collection of the City of Jacksonville increased from 74 to 115 pieces.
He established the Cultural Council’s Commitment to Cultural Equity which was instrumental in rapidly increasing diversity on the boards and staff of grant-funded arts and cultural organizations. The Cultural Council was awarded the Starr Bishop Community Service Award by the City Council of Jacksonville and scored the highest grant for large local art agencies by the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs in 2016, scoring an “A” grade every year while Allegretti was at the helm.
Previous to this position, Tony was Director of Downtown Engagement for JAX Chamber. In 2004, Tony won the individual award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for his work establishing the First Wednesday Art Walk with Downtown Vision. He was also the Founding Director of the Riverside Arts Market and created Community First Saturdays Downtown. Allegretti was named “Person of the Year” by Folio Weekly in 2016.
Tony has served on the Board of Visit Jacksonville, Downtown Vision, Any Given Child, United States Urban Arts Federation, Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights Task Force, The Players Championship Council and has also served on the JAX Chamber Board of Governors, as well as Jax Area Legal Aid and was a founding board member (City Council Appointee) of the Downtown
Tony, a passionate Everton fan, lives in St. Johns County with his wife Tammy and their two children,
one young vocalist, and one young soccer star.
Managing Director Jordan Graumann serves as the Chief Investment Officer for USL JAX.
Mr. Graumann focuses on originating, structuring and underwriting private investment opportunities across a variety of sectors and growth stages.
Prior to joining Caplin Family Offices in May 2021, Graumann was a Vice President in the Direct Lending Group at Ares Management, where he focused on middle market leveraged buyouts, negotiating and underwriting senior secured loans, private high yield, mezzanine and minority equity investments. Graumann began his professional career in August 2012 at KPMG within their Economic Valuation Services group, providing a variety of third-party valuation services to public and private companies. Jordan holds a B.S. in finance and accounting from Wake Forest University, as well as an M.S. in accounting from Wake Forest University School of Business. He also holds a CPA license.