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WNY Flash soccer team heading to North Carolina

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 13:06:03-05

Western New York is losing its professional women's soccer team to the Carolinas.

The Sahlen Family, which owns the WNY Flash of the National Womens Soccer League, announced Monday the team has been sold and is moving to North Carolina.

FourFourTwo and The Equalizer were first to report the impending sale to Stephen Malik, a businessman in North Carolina.

"Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the Western New York market is not the right fit for the NWSL and the direction of the league. We know that the North Carolina market will provide what the players deserve and we are excited to see the team continue to compete at the highest level," the family said in a statement.

Founded in 2008, the Flash won four titles in four different leagues. Most recently, the tean won the 2016 NWSL Championship on penalty kicks over the Washington Spirit in October.

The Flash played home games at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester.