As if this season hasn’t been weird enough, how about this:
“With uncertainty surrounding the future of Utah Royals FC, there is a potential new ownership group ready to step in — but they’re not in Utah. According to multiple sources, a bid is in the works to bring the team back to Kansas City, led by Angie and Chris Long.”Meg Linehan and Paul Tenorio, The Athletic, 11/24/20
I hate to even think of what a mess this might be, between Utah’s loss and the struggle to find a venue, given that Sporting KC has been utterly unhelpful.
The Linehan/Tenorio piece offers their three-option speculation on how this might go:
- A savior might descend on the Wasatch Front and buy the club. This might be complicated if the buyer ONLY wants the Royals, because they will have to negotiate with whoever picks up “Utah Soccer Holdings” that owns Rio Tinto.
- The Longs could fly the club back to Kansas City before the players report February 1, 2021. That’s less than 70 days away. Or…
- The Royals might fold. There would need to be a dispersal draft in addition to whatever form the NCAA draft takes between now and February
Note that the authors do NOT postulate the league taking over the club, which is, sadly, entirely in line with the financials. The NWSL simply doesn’t have the pockets to run the club itself compared to MLS, which is contemplating taking over RSL if needs must.
Another potential issue is what happens if Hansen suddenly decides not to sell and forces the leagues to either accept him as-is, or force him out.
I know I keep harping on this, but to understand the NWSL you have to understand the WPS, because a lot of the people involved in the former are veterans of the latter, and the word “Borislow” causes a lot of fear and trembling among them. The possibility of another sort of legal fight that wrecked the WPS is going to keep some of them awake a long, long time.
Every time I keep thinking this damn year has stopped being horrific it grins “Here. Hold my non-alcoholic beer…”
Let’s hope for the best. This year, and this team, could use some good luck.
I’ve got to think for a bit, but we should reconvene here some time in December to ponder the past and look towards the future. Thoughts on topics to discuss?