On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer hosted a conference call (quote sheet, audio) with representatives from Canada Soccer, the Mexican Football Federation, where they officially, but not formally, announced a new professional women’s soccer league with eight teams in Boston, New Jersey, Western New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, and Portland (Oregon), which will launch in Spring 2013.The 2013 season will run from March/April to September/October. U.S. Soccer will fund, as in fully pay the salaries of up to 24 USWNT players, while Canada Soccer and the Mexican Football Federation will similarly fund up to 16 players each. U.S. Soccer will also absorb all front office related costs such as scheduling, promotion, and website.
In addition to the conference call, several teams in the new league expanded on the conference call through press releases, interviews, social media, etc. However, specific details, most notably regarding the league’s name and some of the team names, have apparently yet to be specified. More information will come out in the next several weeks, as the purpose of the conference call was “to get this news out there,” according to Gulati.
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