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NWSL: FC Kansas City officially folds

The National Women’s Soccer League delivered expected – but sad – news on Monday.

The league announced that FC Kansas City, one of the league’s first clubs, officially folded.

FC Kansas City will not compete in the 2018 season, after rumors swirled that they were barely meeting league minimum requirements.

However, that’s not to say players are without a job; the club will relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Real Salt Lake, the Major League Soccer club, announced last week that they would be home to a new NWSL club. With FC Kansas City making the move, the league still stands with 10 clubs.

“First, we’d like to recognize and thank Elam Baer and FC Kansas City LLC for their efforts this past year. We appreciate his commitment in helping the NWSL move forward,” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. “As the league moves on, and as difficult as it is to share this news about FC Kansas City, we feel it is in the best interest of the league and the players at this time.

“Most importantly, we would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all the fans and the city of Kansas City for their support of this club, the league and the sport over the past five years.”

Real Salt Lake won’t be taking any time off; they will be featuring in the sixth NWSL season, in 2018.

FC Kansas City’s players will feature for Real Salt Lake’s team, which has yet to be given a name. However, their location is settled; they will feature at Rio Tinto Stadium, where RSL features.

Real Salt Lake’s team will also receive all of FC Kansas City’s draft picks. In addition, they will have the first selection in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

In five season in the NWSL, FC Kansas City won the NWSL Championship twice, back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

FC Kansas City, in 2017, was in its first season with a new owner Elam Baer.

“I will always be a fan of the game, the league, our players and, above all, our fans,” Baer said. “I wish the NWSL a bright future and our former FC Kansas City players continued success in their careers on and off the field. I am sure the players will add another championship to the two they already brought to Kansas City.”

The NWSL College Draft will be held on January 18 at 11 a.m.


Photo of FC Kansas City after their 2015 NWSL Championship win courtesy of Steve Dykes/Getty Images.

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Rachael McKriger
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