Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Plans for new U.S. league announced
by Paul Kennedy, August 9th, 2012 2:06AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S PRO SOCCER] Three former WPS clubs -- the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC -- are among the clubs set for the launch of a new yet-to-be-named professional women’s soccer league that will start play in the spring of 2013. A newly formed team in Seattle is also among the founding members. Four other teams, including another team that will be located on the West Coast, are finalizing plans to join the league.

“All these teams are committed to playing with and against each other starting in 2013 and to working out the final details to allow a sustainable professional league for women’s soccer in the U.S.,” Michael Stoller, the Breakers' managing partner, said in a statement released early Thursday morning.  “We want to emphasize this is not a competitor to any of the existing leagues, but rather this is a significant step up in the competitive level and professional standards and we expect to establish a natural relationship to allow teams to enter this new league and perhaps to fall back (self-relegate) to their prior league if they need a break from the higher spending and competitive requirements.”

The Breakers, whose roots date back to the WUSA, played in WPS until it folded in 2012, and they played this summer in the WPSL Elite along with the Red Stars.

The Seattle team's ownership group is led by Bill Predmore, president of Seattle-based digital marketing agency POP.

“We are excited to bring the highest level of women’s soccer to Seattle,” said Predmore. “Seattle has a long history of enthusiastic support for professional soccer, which we hope will provide us with a strong base of fans for the new women’s club."

The W-League's Seattle Sounders Women -- not owned by the MLS club of the same name -- featured such U.S. stars as Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

A new league will need approval from U.S. Soccer.



4 comments
  1. Kevin Carney
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
    How come MLS isn't involved with a women's league similar to the NBA/WNBA structure? Start up costs would be minimal, the stadiums are already in place and the clubs could leverage existing sponsors to include the women's league.

  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.
    Looking forward to it. We will support it from Southwest Michigan. Chicago is 98 miles away. We will look for schedule and ticket information as time progresses.

  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.
    I love the idea and hope it flies, but from a purely impartial business perspective, Women's leagues have always had a difficult time and unless ownership groups are willing to lose money for the foreseeable future, not a gainful business venture.

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.
    Facepalm. No. Not another league. I am totally against further tarnishing the proud's women's game with another undercapitalized, underexposed league. What should happen is out best players go abroad and compete for spots against other great players, just like Wynalda and Harkes had to do before MLS. In the interim, MLS can properly prepare for D1 women's play. They are not ready now and certainly won't be ready until new tv deals are inked in 2015. So we are at least 6-7 years out for WMLS. Trying to run a D1 league without using the best of the existing infrastructure is suicide. See WUSA and WPS.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
AEG antes up at StubHub Center    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and ...
Another MLS flop in Central America    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss ...
Western Conference heavyweights square off    
[MLS: Three Games to Watch] Though only one playoff slot is yet to be determined between ...
Three players suspended for season finales    
[MLS DISCIPLINE] The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Thursday three suspensions stemming from incidents occurring in matches ...
U.S. under-18 men's national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach Javier Perez named a 36-player roster for the U.S. under-18 men's national ...
Cuellar stakes rebuilding work on qualifying    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Mexico] Four years ago in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship, Mexico beat ...
What They're Saying: Dunga    
"We suggest things so that there's a better atmosphere. We explained it to players and we ...
A horrible, hilarious PK miss     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You really must watch this botched penalty kick several times to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives