(Information) – The homeowners of Olympique Lyonnais are in talks to purchase Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League (NWSL) franchise Reign FC, in keeping with the Washington State-based membership, bringing added clout to the workforce amid an explosive yr for U.S. ladies’s soccer.
OL Groupe is anticipated to shut the deal earlier than the top of January subsequent yr, with present Reign FC homeowners Teresa Predmore and Invoice Predmore retaining a minority stake within the membership.
“Our ambition has all the time been to function the perfect ladies’s soccer membership on the earth,” stated Invoice Predmore stated in a written assertion. “This can be a distinction lengthy held by OL, making them the proper group to assist us obtain our long-term targets for the membership.”
It was not instantly clear how a lot the deal was valued at.
Olympique Lyonnais’ ladies’s workforce is among the many most dominant within the sport, with 13 home league titles and a few of soccer’s largest names on its roster, together with England’s Lucy Bronze and France’s Wendie Renard.
Reign FC is a dependable excessive performer within the NWSL, with then-coach Vlatko Andonovski main the workforce to back-to-back playoff appearances earlier than being appointed the pinnacle coach of the World Cup champion U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Group.
Reign FC followers cheered the deal on social media, with ladies’s soccer seeing elevated curiosity within the U.S.
The NWSL introduced an growth workforce in Louisville, Kentucky final month, after seeing file common attendance at video games of seven,3000, up from roughly four,000 in 2014.
Reporting By Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Kim Coghill