[U.S. SOCCER] U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will announce plans for a new women's league -- the third attempt at a national pro league -- on Wednesday. The league is expected to begin play in 2013 and feature eight teams in Year 1. Representatives of the Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican soccer federation on Wednesday's teleconference call would seem to indicate that the federations might subsidize the salaries of players from their national teams, just as U.S. Soccer is expected to underwrite national team player salaries to make the new league work.
According to reports, plans call for eight teams, four of them with ties to WPS, the most recent pro circuit.
The Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash played in WPS, though Boston and Sky Blue FC are the only clubs that played all three seasons.
The other four teams are reported to based in Washington, D.C, Kansas City, Seattle and Portland.
The indoor Missouri Comets (MISL) ownership group will operate Kansas City.
The Breakers announced plans for an eight-team league in August that also included the Red Stars, Sky Blue FC and a team based in Seattle led by led by Bill Predmore, president of Seattle-based digital marketing agency POP.
In October, Gulati said the federation would vet 11 potential ownership groups representing 10 cities.
He said MLS clubs, who have up until now been largely reluctant to get involved in a women's league, were examining the new league. It is unlikely any MLS ownership group would have an ownership stake in one of the new teams.