The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The United States Women played before 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium as they edged Japan for the Olympic Gold Medal this summer. Now those same heroes are scattering to leagues around the globe, but not to a league at home.
“If I sit back and think about it, it’s a little bit bothersome,” Richland, Washington native Hope Solo recently told USA Today. “I do get a little bit angry that there is no season.”
Women’s soccer fans are well aware of the failure of both the WUSA and WPS to stay afloat and give some of our more talented athletes a chance to stay home and play for pay. Recently word has circulated about a third attempt to begin a women’s pro soccer league. Seattle would have an expansion franchise in that yet-to-be-named venture.
“We want a league that will not only keep the best players here but also bring in the best international players,” Solo said in the USA Today article. “It takes an ownership that is willing to lose some money.”
Bill Predmore in the Seattle P-I
I absolutely see where she’s (Hope Solo) coming from,” Bill Predmore told the Seattle P-I. “And I think what she’s probably talking about is owners with a commitment to make it work in the long term.”
Predmore is making news as an owner for a Seattle candidate to join the proposed new league as early as 2013.
“Right now, there’s literally dozens of amateur clubs that are out there,” Predmore explained to the P-I. “The idea is to get the best of the best together in this new league, and I think the argument is that the best players are going to want to play against the best.”
One of the amateur teams “out there” already plays in Seattle, and is called the Sounders Women.
While Predmore speaks often with Sounders Women owners Cliff McElroy and Lane Smith, he is also fronting as a guy who wants his own new club. The Sounders Women recently announced they will be back in some league in 2013.
Two teams in two leagues for Seattle? Is there enough love to go around?
“It’s hard to say,” Predmore said in the P-I story. “I’m hopeful that the town is big enough for two teams.”