Two-time NWSL champion FC Kansas City folds

FC Kansas City, winner of back-to-back NWSL titles in 2014 and 2015, has been folded. Its players (and player rights) were assigned to the new NWSL team that MLS club Real Salt Lake will operate in 2018.

The NWSL acquired FC Kansas City's membership interest in the league. The deal is unlike the move from Western New York to North Carolina, where the Courage bought out the Flash's interest in the league.

FC Kansas City Attendance:
4,626 (2013, Shawnee Mission District Stadium)
2,018 (2014, UMKC soccer stadium)
3,091 (2015, Swope Soccer Village)
3,162 (2016, Swope Soccer Village)
1,788 (2017, Swope Soccer Village)

FC Kansas City, a founding member of the NWSL in 2013, was last in attendance in the NWSL in 2017. Following Minnesota businessman Elam Baer's purchase of the team following the 2016 season from the group that operates the indoor Missouri Comets, FC Kansas City suffered a drop of almost 43 percent to 1,788 fans a game, its worst average in five seasons and less than a half of what it averaged in its first season in 2013.

Utah rights. The new team RSL will operate was assigned the rights to FC Kansas City players as well as FC Kansas City's picks in the 2018 College Draft and their spots in the Discovery and Waiver Tie-Breakers as well as the Distribution Ranking Order. The new Utah team will also receive the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 College Draft.

FC Kansas City owner Elam Baer. "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. I will always be a fan of the game, the league, our players and, above all, our fans."

NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy."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."
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