SANDY, Utah — A new phase of the sale of Utah Soccer Holdings is imminent, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Major League Soccer on Friday will take over the sales process of the holding company that includes Real Salt Lake, the Real Monarchs, Rio Tinto Stadium, and the training complex in Herriman. The holding company used to house Utah Royals FC, but ownership of that club transferred to Kansas City last month and the team moved out of Utah.
The league gave owner Dell Loy Hansen until Jan. 8 to find a buyer for RSL. Hansen announced late last August that he decided to sell all the teams and their facilities after allegations of racist behavior surfaced and he took a leave of absence.
But since he announced his intentions to sell, Hansen has had trouble finding a buyer. Over the course of the last several months, various potential owners — individuals and groups — have met with Hansen to discuss purchasing the holding company. At least two of those potential owners took tours of the soccer facilities, including now-Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith.
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