NWSL Board of Governors unanimously approves ownership changes within Washington Soccer Properties

Washington Spirit  |   January 22, 2022
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CARY, NC – OCTOBER 17: 2021 Nike NWSL soccer balls before a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and North Carolina Courage at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on October 17, 2021 in Cary, North Carolina.

CHICAGO (January 22, 2022) – The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that its Board of Governors has unanimously approved important changes to the structure and makeup of the Washington Soccer Properties ownership group, the entity that manages the NWSL’s Washington Spirit.

To date, the ownership of WSP has been held by three individuals, each of whom have held the entirety of WSP’s equity positions and voting membership on the team’s Board of Managers. Additionally, WSP has had a number of investors who have held non-equity and non-voting positions with the team.

The NWSL Board of Governors has, subject to the satisfaction of routine legal conditions, approved the conversion of those investors who wish to convert to full equity shareholders, and as such, voting members of the WSP Board of Managers. Additionally, the NWSL Board of Governors has approved the transfer of certain equity stakes to Y. Michele Kang, providing Kang with additional shares, though not a majority or controlling interest. 

WSP will now engage in a process to determine whether Kang will receive sufficient support of its voting members, as required by the WSP bylaws, to operate the Washington Spirit as its controlling owner. 

NWSL Board of Governors released the following joint statement: 

“Our collective focus is to create the best environment for the Washington Spirit players, fans, and team employees, and to operate the NWSL in a manner that supports excellence on the field of play and in front offices around the league. Our priority is determining what is in the best interest of the NWSL, Washington Spirit, its players, and the D.C. soccer community. We believe Michele is fully committed to elevating this club and delivering for its players and it is now a matter for WSP shareholders to determine who holds a controlling interest. We are committed to allowing the required ownership process to be resolved in the appropriate, orderly manner. We will provide any additional updates once that process has taken place.”

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