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.
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.
[if !supportEmptyParas]Here what Timbers owner Merritt Paulson had to say on Facebook about the announcement:
âWe are pleased to partner with U.S. Soccer to bring a new womenâs professional team to Portland and to do our part to make a top-flight womenâs 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 womenâs league and operating a team here in Soccer City, USA, will be an important part of that growth."