League investigations into Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen are nearly complete, MLS commissioner Don Garber said in his State of the League address today.
Excerpts from social media follow.
Re: RSL. Garber says they've completed the investigation into allegations against Dell Loy Hansen. MLS is prepared to take over the sales process for RSL/Utah Soccer Holdings (excepting the Utah Royals). More likely than not they'll be taking over within the next 30 days. WOW!— Miki Turner (@turneresq) December 8, 2020
“MLS is prepared to take over the sale process for Real Salt Lake and Utah Soccer Holdings. That is the entirety of Utah Soccer Holdings, other than Utah Royals, and that is the facilities and all other elements within #RSL, Rio Tinto (Stadium), etc.” #MLS Garber says.— Drake Hills (@LiveLifeDrake) December 8, 2020
The league is set to announce the results of the investigation following MLS Cup, which takes place on Saturday. It’s unlikely they’ll want to diminish the post-MLS-Cup euphoria immediately, so I’m planning on Monday, but be on the lookout for news before then, too.
Oh, and if you’re wondering if there’s still a chance that MLS could move our team, there’s at least a little clarity there.
Re: @realsaltlake and @OrlandoCitySC ownership situations, Garber says discussions with Orlando continue, but no news about a sale. #RSL has been a “great market,” and “no plan whatsoever” to move the team. But no news.— Miki Turner (@turneresq) December 8, 2020
Where do we go from here? At this point, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern, but the impending arrival of news has to feel a little encouraging. Especially with Utah Royals FC having been moved to Kansas City, things may feel uncertain. But it is worth remembering that NWSL has granted the future buyers of Utah Soccer expansion rights in 2023, should they be interested, so there is a glimmer of hope there.