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Altidore: RSL owner ‘needs to sell the team’; says he’s involved in a group ready to buy

Jozy Altidore calls out Dell Loy Hansen, the owner of Real Salt Lake, after he makes heinous remarks about the players protest.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Toronto FC
Jozy Altidore #17 of Toronto FC warms up prior to an MLS game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BMO Field on August 21, 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

TORONTO, Canada—As our friends at RSL Soapbox pointed out, if you thought today was going to be normal, it’s been anything but.

Dell Loy Hansen, the owner of MLS club Real Salt Lake, joined a local radio station (that he owns) and proceeded to make a flurry of egregious remarks this morning following yesterday’s protests from MLS players over racial injustice and shooting of Jacob Blake.

From stating that his players abandoned the club and suggesting he’ll invest less as a result to comparing the players striking to being stabbed, the RSL owner’s comments were ignorant and anything but progressive. You can find the full transcript here.

As expected, the remarks sparked an outcry from those around the league, including Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore, who tweeted that Hansen “needs to sell the team” and that he’s “involved in a group that’s ready to purchase it.”

Unfortunately, I’m not sure that we’ll get to see that player-owner combo come to fruition.

Rumors have already started surfacing that the MLS is in discussion to take over Real Salt Lake from Dell Loy Hansen.

You can read more about and follow that story here.