Professional Women’s Soccer To Return

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A conference all was held today regarding a new Women’s Professional league, still unnamed, will return during Spring 2013. Plenty of unknowns still but a key element is that US Soccer will be responsible for the “front office” and will fund the participation of approximately 24 US players in the league. In addition, the Canadian Soccer Federation will be funding up to 16 players and the Mexican Federation up to 12 players. Teams will include the Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC, Chicago Red Stars, and one team each in Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Kansas City as well as the Boston Breakers. I’ve collected a number of reports from around the country on the announcement, including a local connection

Julie King (Auburn/Nerinx Hall) was a defender on the Boston Breakers this past Summer and we’ll hope to hear she’s returning to the team next Spring.

Via US Soccer – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Wednesday that a U.S.-based professional women’s league will kick off with eight teams in the spring of 2013. The U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican Federation will fund the participation of a number of national team players in the league.

FC Kansas City will be one of eight teams in the league. The KC ownership group is being led by Chris Likens, his two sons Brad and Greg Likens along with Brian Budzinski. Same ownership group as the KC Comets of MISL.

There will also be a new WPSL team in Kansas City beginning in 2013, the KC Shock announced their intention to continuing on their path.

There will be at least one MLS ownership group involved in the launch of the newest women’s professional soccer league in the United States and there’s a chance there may be more. “The Timbers are, and always will be, steadfastly committed to growing the sport of soccer in our region at all levels, and championing a new women’s league and operating a team here in Soccer City, USA, will be an important part of that growth,” Paulson said in a club statement.

Since Nike is apparently involved, that means the Timber name will not be used since Adidas is the primary sponsor for Major League Soccer. While I’ve used a Chicago Red Star photo from a game I covered this Summer, there is no formal announcement yet on their website. UPDATE – Boston Breakers noted that the Red Stars are part of the League.

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