REAL SALT LAKE

Utah Soccer Announces Leave Of Absence For RSL, Royals Owner Dell Loy Hansen During Investigation

Aug 28, 2020, 6:30 PM | Updated: Aug 29, 2020, 1:47 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Soccer announced that Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC, and Real Monarchs owner Dell Loy Hansen “will be taking a leave of absence from all RSL, URFC, and Monarchs operations” as MLS and NWSL commence their investigations into allegations against him.

Hansen’s leave of absence was announced on Friday, August 28,

Utah Soccer released the following statement in regards to the club owner:

“As MLS and NWSL commence their investigations, Utah Soccer will ensure full cooperation, including seeking to answer any questions the leagues may have about the statements made by Mr. Hansen regarding athlete boycotts and allegations in a resulting article. As an organization, our priority is our employees, our teams, our players, and our fans, and Mr. Hansen in particular cares deeply for each of these individuals who works so hard to make Utah Soccer the success that it is.

During the pendency of these investigations, and until further notice, Mr. Hansen will be taking a leave of absence from all RSL, URFC, and Monarchs operations. The existing Soccer Executive Group at Utah Soccer will assume all management of the organization.”

Dell Loy Hansen’s comments on canceled RSL match

On Wednesday, August 26, Real Salt Lake’s home match against Los Angeles FC was canceled after players decided to not play in protest of Jacob Blake’s shooting on Sunday, August 23.

“In solidarity with the players from both teams, tonight’s match has been canceled,” the club posted on social media following the cancellation.

The day after RSL’s canceled match, club owner Dell Loy Hansen joined a local radio program to address the decision Real Salt Lake players to not play against LAFC.

“The disrespect is profound to me personally,” Hansen told X96 on Thursday, August 27.

A few hours later, Hansen joined another local radio program to apologize for his previous remarks.

Later on Thursday, MLS announced a investigation into Hansen’s conduct and allegations made against the RSL owner.

Real Salt Lake’s next match is against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, August 29 at 8:30 p.m. (MDT). It will broadcast via the KSL TV app, KSLSports.com, ESPN+, and 700 AM.

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Sergio Córdova - Shoots - Versus - LAFC...
Tom Hackett

LAFC Might Too Much For Real Salt Lake To Overcome

Real Salt Lake suffered a 3-1 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium to the supporter shield leaders LAFC on Saturday evening. 
2 days ago
Sergio Cordova - RSL vs. Colorado...
Brian Preece

Sergio Córdova Ignites ‘Electric’ Crowd With 12th Minute Equalizer

With RSL trailing 1-0 early, Sergio Cordova gave the club life with a right-footed goal from the top of the box to tie the game 1-1.
2 days ago
Gareth Bale - Welcomed - To - LAFC...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Welcomes Star Studded LAFC To Rio Tinto Stadium

Real Salt Lake will welcome the Support Shield leaders LAFC to Rio Tinto Stadium this weekend in the biggest game to date for the 2022 season. 
3 days ago
Bryan Oviedo - Sunderland...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Inks Costa Rican International Left Back Bryan Oviedo

Real Salt Lake has purchased Costa Rican left-back Bryan Oviedo to a permanent deal. Oviedo has 50 EPL appearances.
4 days ago
Braian Ojeda - Dribbles - Nottingham Forrest...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs Nottingham Forest Midfielder Braian Ojeda On Loan

Real Salt Lake has acquired Nottingham Forest midfielder and Paraguayan international Braian Ojeda on loan with an option to buy.
4 days ago
Danny Musovski - LAFC...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs LAFC Striker Danny Musovski

Real Salt Lake has acquired striker Danny Musovski from LAFC in a permanent move, the club announced today.
5 days ago
Utah Soccer Announces Leave Of Absence For RSL, Royals Owner Dell Loy Hansen During Investigation