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New women's pro soccer league to launch in 2008

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

February 27, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new women's professional soccer league, with help from Major League Soccer, will be launched in 2008 with teams in Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

It would replace the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003 after three years and attendance that averaged 4,500. Tonya Antonucci, chief executive officer of the Women's Soccer Initiative Inc., made the announcement Tuesday.


The new league will begin play in April 2008, hoping to capitalize on interest generated in the 2007 Women's World Cup, to be held in China in September.

Teams will play a 20-game schedule from April to August, including an All-Star game. Postseason play would extend the season into early fall.

The Los Angeles team will be owned by AEG, which operates the Los Angeles Galaxy men's MLS team, and will play at Home Depot Center in Carson.

The Women's Soccer Initiative is a nonprofit organization founded to build a business plan to relaunch a pro league.

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Originally posted by Sigma

"VANCOUVER -- A group planning to launch a women's professional soccer league in the United States wants to include some franchises in Canada, but spokesmen in potential Canadian cities seem cool to the idea."

Any update on the new women's pro league set to start in 2008?


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Rhinos bid for women's pro league

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(August 3, 2007) — The Rochester Rhinos remain in the running to land the final spot in a women's professional soccer league that's trying to launch by April, team president Frank DuRoss said....

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