In recent days word has spread that an 8-team league, including a Seattle side, is nearing an announcement about its founding. The Seattle team will be a new club owned by Bill Predmore.
“Congratulations to Bill with the new team and league,” Sounders Women owner Lane Smith said in a club release. “Seattle is a fantastic market for soccer and the Seattle Sounders Women wish them the best in the upcoming inaugural season. With this new team and the Seattle Sounders Women’s continued representation in the long established W-league Seattle soccer fans will be blessed with the opportunity to attend many high level Women’s soccer matches.”
The Sounders Women will continue to play at Starfire Stadium going forward.
US Soccer is said to have a release about the new league as soon as today.
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Sounders Women official statement:
Seattle, WA. – The Seattle Sounders Women will play the 2013 season in the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League. With the backdrop of the USL’s decision, a few weeks ago, to step away from involvement in operating a newly proposed women’s soccer league, the Seattle Sounders Women received word that the franchise proposal from the Sounders Women to U.S. Soccer was not accepted.
The Seattle Sounders Women are confident that our current league (USL, W-League) continues to provide a strong and sustainable platform for the Seattle Sounders Women to thrive. The W-League will represent the strongest and largest contingency of teams on the West Coast. We are excited to continue our rivalries with the prestigious organizations in the USL, W-League.
We cannot thank the Sounders fans enough for their support. We want them to know that we will continue to provide them with quality in organization, game day presentation, and quality from the players wearing the Sounders crest. We are still in great standing with our affiliation partners, the Seattle Sounders FC, and we will continue to uphold the rave green standards that our supporters know and trust.