Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, Utah Royals FC Is Staying In Utah, Here’s Why

Sep 30, 2020, 10:18 AM

Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake...

Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It would make no sense for whoever takes over ownership of Utah Soccer LLC to move the organizations from out of the state of Utah. Here is why.

MLS Entry Fee

Major League Soccer recently announced that the 30th team to enter the league will pay an entry fee of $325 million. While reported earlier this month that the current owner of Utah Soccer LLC, Dell Loy Hansen, is asking for $500 million to sell Utah Soccer Holdings.

Utah Soccer Worth

Put yourself in the shoes of somebody who is considering purchasing the ownership rights to Utah Soccer for a minute.

If you’re willing to spend $500 odd million to purchase the rights to Utah Soccer, which by the way already has world-class, state of the art facilities, why would you then move the organization when you can simply buy an expansion team for much less?

Moving an MLS franchise is no cheap feat either. For argument’s sake, let’s assume the new owners wanted to move Utah Soccer to Las Vegas, Nevada. Maybe they could play in the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium but there would likely be a fee associated with that. The Raiders are not going to let another professional team use its facilities for free.

Building new training facilities is expensive. Dell Loy Hansen spent $63 million just in construction to build the Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah where the property is far cheaper than anywhere in Las Vegas.

Going Nowhere

Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs and Utah Royals FC is staying in Utah. The clubs are not going anywhere because financially it does not make any sense to move them.

Furthermore, the league, Major League Soccer, does not have a history or teams moving locations. In 2006, San Jose became the Houston Dynamo and recently there was speculation that the Colombus Crew was going to re-locate to Texas, however, those rumors were squashed when the Crew obtained new ownership and saved the fans and club the heartache of moving.

“(Columbus) is a growing city and soccer is a growing sport,” new owner of Colombus Crew Dee Haslam, said. “It’s just a perfect match. I can’t think of a better match than Columbus and soccer.”




  • Real Salt Lake Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake


Chandler Holt

What Exactly Happened Between Danny Musovski And RSL?

SALT LAKE CITY – RSL went through some midseason drama surrounding forward Danny Musovski and his time away from the team due to contract negotiation issues. This left Real Salt Lake fans wondering what exactly happened. Roster decisions announced for #RSL Damir Kreilach and Julio Benitez have their contract options declined. Scott Caldwell and Danny […]

6 hours ago

Real Salt Lake Diego Luna...

Chandler Holt

Diego Luna Ready To Be ‘That Guy’, Committed To RSL

Real Salt Lake midfielder Diego Luna took a huge jump in 2023, specifically in the final stretch of the season.

12 days ago

Diego Luna Real Salt Lake New York Red Bulls Playoffs...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Remains Confident In Ability To Compete

Despite dropping in the first round of the MLS playoffs, Real Salt Lake remains confident in its ability to compete across all competitions.

13 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake Sees 2023 Season End On Penalties In Houston

Real Salt Lake suffered a season-ending loss after a series of penalty kicks for the second straight game against the Houston Dynamo FC.

17 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake’s Diego Luna Scores Equalizer Against Dynamo FC

Real Salt Lake leveled its winner-take-all playoff match against Houston Dynamo FC with a big goal by Diego Luna in the second half.

17 days ago

Real Salt Lake Portland Timbers FC Houston Dynamo RSL...

Chandler Holt

RSL Travels For Win Or Go Home Game Three Against Houston Dynamo

After forcing penalty kicks and pulling out a game-two win, RSL travels back to Houston for a pivotal game three.

19 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, Utah Royals FC Is Staying In Utah, Here’s Why