RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen celebrates with forward Sebastian Jaime after defeating Seattle Sounders FC, 2-0, in 2015. (Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)
Dell Loy Hansen is getting out of soccer.
Hansen, the owner of Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC and Real Monarchs, will sell those teams, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced Sunday.
The league was informed of Hansen’s intentions as he will begin the process to sell Utah Soccer Holdings, which owns the three soccer teams.
Hansen stirred great controversy this week with reports of how he has treated Black players on his teams and subsequent comments.
“MLS will work with Mr. Hansen on supporting the sale efforts for the company and will work closely with the club’s executive staff to support the operations of the team during the transition period,” Garber said in a statement.
“I want to acknowledge Dell Loy Hansen’s significant efforts to build the sport of soccer in the state of Utah and for his commitment to Major League Soccer.”
— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) August 30, 2020
RSL competes in MLS. The Real Monarchs are RSL’s second team that performs in the USL Championship and Utah Royals FC play in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Dell Loy Hansen says he will sell Utah Soccer Holdings, which includes NWSL's Utah Royals, MLS' Real Salt Lake and USL's Real Monarchs. pic.twitter.com/Zxgssy40PL
— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) August 30, 2020
The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal broke the original story about Hansen Thursday.
Andy Williams, RSL’s head scout who was furloughed in April, was quoted on Aug. 27 about Hansen’s racist behavior history.
“He’s The club’s head scout, who was furloughed in April, says the RSL owner has a history of racist behavior.
“He’s a [effing] racist, to be honest,” he said.
— NWSL (@NWSL) August 30, 2020
NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said his decision to sell Royals FC was “in the best interest of the club and the NWSL.”
Here is the rest of Baird’s statement:
“Mr. Hansen’s contributions to the league’s growth and the continued development of soccer are notable, but we agree that the decision is the right one for the future of the Royals. We look forward to supporting the Royals players and staff and will assist the ownership transition in every way possible.”