United States Soccer Federation announced the formation of a new women’s professional soccer league in a media conference call this morning, and Portland will be home to one of the new teams.Seattle, D.C., and Kansas City will also join four former Women’s Professional Soccer teams: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, NY/NJ Sky Blue and Western New York Flash.
The league, which hasn’t been named yet, is set to start in March or April next year. The Canadian and Mexican soccer federations will also play a role in the league by committing funding of a number of their players. The teams in the new league include U.S. women's national team players.
The first signs a new league may take shape came in August during Team USA's run to the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in London.
This is the third attempt to create a professional women's soccer league in the United States after women’s Professional Soccer first kick-started in 2009 and folded in January 2012. The Women's United Soccer Association was founded in 2000 and folded in 2003, according to ESPNW.
Here what Timbers owner Merritt Paulson had to say on Facebook about the announcement:
“We are pleased to partner with U.S. Soccer to bring a new women’s professional team to Portland and to do our part to make a top-flight women’s league possible in our country. 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."