Sky Blue FC CEO Thomas Hofstetter
confirmed that talks between the NWSL and MLS's New York Red Bulls to join forces
have ended without a deal.
“Both sides were very eager to make it work," Hofstetter told reporters on Thursday, "but at the end of the day, we couldn’t get on the same
The success of the Portland Thorns FC, working under the same ownership as the MLS Timbers, had spurred talk of more NWSL-MLS partnerships.
Sky Blue has been around
since the days of WPS but was last in the NWSL in attendance in 2013.
It is expected to return to Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field, however, for the 2014 season. The club will have
a new general manager: Tony Novo
, formerly of the indoor New Jersey Ironmen.
Meanwhile, MLS's Houston Dynamo is exploring the possibility of
joining the NWSL. It has launched a drive for refundable season-ticket deposits.
Up until now, the NWSL appeared set to remain at eight teams for 2014.