by John Teixera | After Utah soccer giant Del Loy Hansen came under fire for alleged racist comments made while serving as owner of Utah Soccer LLC, the fire sale of his Utah soccer clubs have begun. On Monday, the National Woman’s Soccer League made it official that the Utah Royals FC was to be sold to an ownership group based in Kansas City, signaling a move. The Utah Royals are just three years off of their tenure in Kansas City where they were formally known as FC Kansas City. Although the team is moving back to Kansas City, the NWSL states that they will classify the new Kansas City team as an “expansion” and not a relocation. Even though the squad will be moving to Kansas City, new ownership in Utah will have the opportunity to revive the Utah Royals club in Utah starting in 2023.
After the Utah Royals sale, many Real Salt Lake fans were sitting on the edge of their seat seeing if their beloved franchise would be auctioned off and potentially relocated. However, MLS commissioner Don Garber recently broke the silence regarding the sale of Real Salt Lake.
“There is absolutely no plan whatsoever to move that team,” Garber said. “I think Salt Lake has been a great market for Major League Soccer.”
He went on to say how successful the market has been for the Utah Royals FC and the Monarchs. Although a buyer has not officially presented themselves, the MLS has officially taken over the sale of RSL and Rio Tinto Stadium. They are hoping to announce new ownership within the next 30 days. The remaining entities left to be sold include Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, Rio Tinto Stadium, and Real Salt Lake’s Training Academy located in Herriman.
In regard to the MLS investigation into allegations against Del Loy Hansen, they have completed their investigation and plan to announce the results on Saturday following the MLS Cup between the Columbus Crew and the Seattle Sounders.
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