FC Kansas City, the two-time National Women’s Soccer League champions, are for sale, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
Wahl reports that an investor in Minnesota has shown interest; MLS outfit Sporting KC is yet to show interest.
Hearing Kansas City NWSL team is for sale. Interest from potential owner in Minnesota who could move team. No interest yet from Sporting KC.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 14, 2016
The report comes two months after allegations that co-owners Brad and Greg Likens had sent inappropriate emails and pictures of women’s soccer players from company computers. The allegations came from co-owner Brian Budzinski, who is suing the Likens for $3.75 million, claiming he has been frozen out of ownership decisions. The team denied the legitimacy of those emails soon after that report surfaced. An investigation by the NWSL is still ongoing.
FC Kansas City released a statement on Friday saying that the club had no comment on the report:
“Earlier today there were reports regarding the status of FC Kansas City. We will not be commenting on any speculation regarding the organization. At this time we are focused on preparations for the 2017 NWSL Draft and another potential championship run. FC Kansas City is proud to be a founding member of the National Women’s Soccer League, and of our two NWSL Championships.”
Poking around a bit, sense I get is moderate to extreme confidence FCKC remains in Kansas City. Ownership squabbling def a factor #NWSL
— Dan Lauletta (@TheDanLauletta) October 14, 2016
FC Kansas City won the NWSL Championship in 2014 and 2015. Lauren Holiday won the 2013 MVP award in the league’s inaugural season while playing for FC Kansas City.