Michele Kang becomes Washington Spirit’s controlling owner


The Washington Spirit are now officially in the hands of Michele Kang. Washington’s National Women’s Soccer League team announced an ownership shift on Tuesday as the local businesswoman ‘will acquire the interests of other team owners Bill Lynch and Steve Baldwin,’ and become the controlling owner, per a team press release.

“I can’t wait to begin work with our talented, resilient players and staff,” Kang said in the announcement.

She will work with other holdover investors in the new ownership structure but hold a controlling interest.

Per the Spirit’s release, Kang’s leadership hopes to usher in a new era of D.C. women's soccer with a commitment to new financial investments into the well-being of the team, including operations and infrastructure.

The Spirit are on the heels of their most successful on-field season ever after they defeated the Chicago Red Stars to take home the team’s first NWSL Championship. However, their season also saw a great deal of controversy.

Baldwin resigned as CEO back in October in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace environment within the organization. His departure followed that of former head coach Richie Burke, who was fired a week earlier due to abuse allegations.