What’s next for the Washington Spirit? Answering questions on Michele Kang, Ben Olsen, the SoccerPlex and more

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 20: Washington Spirit players celebrate after a game between Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit at Lynn Family Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
By Pablo Maurer Feb 9, 2022 3
With the Washington Spirit’s ownership situation finally sorted out — and Michele Kang installed as the club’s new majority owner — fans of the Spirit can finally turn their attention to the defending NWSL champion’s upcoming season, now only weeks away. 

A few questions, though, remain unanswered about the Spirit’s front office and their plans for the future. On Wednesday, we put out a call for your questions, and did our best to answer them — as many of your inquiries fell into the same few categories, we’ve lumped them together and addressed them below:

What’s next in the immediate future?

The sale will take time to close, likely at least 60-90 days, but Kang is free to get to work in the meantime — she has already been provisionally approved as the managing partner of the club. Kang passed through a rigorous vetting process during her attempt to gain control of the Spirit, having submitted years of financial statements; the league performed a dozen or so interviews in regards to her character and business acumen. Other than some procedural measures, this deal is more or less done.

Who will Michele Kang bring on board in her new ownership group?

In the Spirit’s press release yesterday, the club said that Kang will lead a new ownership group, one that’s “locally-based” and “female-led,” and is “committed to substantial new investments into the team’s staff, operations and infrastructure.”

Though who the Spirit’s additional investors are remains to be seen, several names have emerged over the past month or so. Devin Talbott, a D.C.