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NWSL: Real Salt Lake joins the NWSL

Move over, North Carolina Courage; there’s a new kid on the block.

Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer club, announced on Thursday that they would be the latest city to welcome an NWSL club.

However, it seems that the league will continue to remain with 10 clubs.

Last year, the Western New York Flash moved down south to become the North Carolina Courage.

Now, it seems that FC Kansas City is following suit.

There has been no official confirmation as of yet that FC Kansas City is moving to Utah, but reports have indicated that team officials have already contacted FC Kansas City players.

It’s a fresh new slate, if true.

Already during the offseason, FC Kansas City bid farewell to the club’s first coach Vlatko Andonovski. Now, with a new city, the search is on for a new coach.

On Thursday, officials from the NWSL welcomed Real Salt Lake’s club to the league. There is no official team name, as of yet. That will be announced at a later date.

“We are very excited to welcome Dell Loy Hansen and Real Salt Lake into the NWSL family as the newest member of our league,” NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy said. “During our discussions in this process, Real Salt Lake has demonstrated their unquestionable desire and commitment to bring the highest level of professional women’s soccer to all fans of the game in Salt Lake City and Utah.”

“Real Salt Lake will immediately be able to hit the ground running on the business side as well as provide the players with a top-notch training ground and one of the best game venues in the country,” Duffy continued.

The owner of Real Salt Lake is Dell Loy Hansen, who spoke on Thursday.

“Our goal is build the very best women’s sports organization in America,” Hansen said. “Only 15 days ago was I asked to look into this opportunity, and as we learned about the NWSL vision from the league office and met with A&E executives as well as U.S. Soccer about their aspirations on and off the field, we knew we not only wanted to join as quickly as possible and participate, but we believe that our current infrastructure as well as the development initiatives on the RSL horizon align perfectly.”

“Our community is already passionate about women’s sports, and we believe that empowering and advancing the women’s game accelerates the change to build a better Utah,” Hansen said.


Photo provided by the NWSL.

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