FC Kansas City announces Elam Baer as its new owner

Two-time NWSL champion FC Kansas City announced its new ownership on Wednesday.

Elam Baer, the CEO of North Central Equity, LLC, will take over operation of the team. He reportedly has no plans to move the club from Kansas City.

“I’m honored to be a part of the future of FCKC, whether that is on game day or in the greater Kansas City community,” Baer said in a press release. “I am fortunate to be joined by exceptional partners who want the same thing that I do, and that’s a club built for long-term stability and success in Kansas City.”

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, FC Kansas City was owned by Chris Likens and his two sons, Greg and Brad Likens, along with Brian Budzinski, who were all involved in an email scandal over the summer.

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“On behalf of the league and its owners, I welcome Elam to the NWSL and look forward to working with him and his partners as a new era begins for FC Kansas City,” NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said in a statement. “Elam is committed to strengthening FC Kansas City’s roots throughout the entire Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. Elam and his partners will look to build off of what has been started by the Likens family, whose support of and many contributions to the establishment and growth of the league will never be forgotten.”

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