Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Fans cheer after Real Salt Lake defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen will be awarded a National Women's Soccer League franchise, according to a FourFourTwo report.

Hansen has expressed interest in bringing a women's team to Utah for several years and RSL released a statement that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Hansen will make a "major announcement" Thursday at 11 a.m.

The report says FC Kansas City will cease to exist and a franchise will be given to Hansen. FCKC is a two-time defending champion of the five-year-old league.

The NWSL is the country's third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league, but it has been the most successful — strengthened by a national TV deal for the 10-team league that started last season.

Several players with Utah ties have played in the league, most notably former Alta High star Kealia Ohai and former BYU player Ashley Hatch, who scored seven goals in her rookie season for the North Carolina Courage. Ohai has scored 21 goals in 70 appearances for the Houston Dash.