The National Women’s Soccer League has announced that it is ceasing operations of FC Kansas City, after re-acquiring the club’s membership interest in the league.
Effectively immediately, the NWSL is ceasing operations of FC Kansas City.
"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.” https://t.co/YOYcSDKcxx pic.twitter.com/xoYqR4lnC2
— NWSL (@NWSL) November 20, 2017
“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.” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy.
Late last week, the NWSL announced that a new club owned by Real Salt Lake would be joining the league in 2018, and as such the new club will replace FC Kansas City in the 10-team league.
In terms of roster and player movement, all FC Kansas City players currently on the roster will be transferred to the new club prior to the 2018 season. Salt Lake City will also receive FC Kansas City’s 2018 NWSL College Draft picks in addition to their places in the Discovery and Waiver Tie-Breakers and Distribution Ranking Order. Salt Lake will be given the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
“This is the best and necessary decision for the future of the league and the players who have impressively represented NWSL and Kansas City over the past five years,” said former owner of FC Kansas City Elam Baer.
One of the eight founding teams of the NWSL, FC Kansas City leaves behind a legacy that includes three playoff appearances and two NWSL titles in five seasons.