Jan. 29, 2023 — Recycling, not rising


In the previous few days, the identities of doable markets for the latest groups within the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League have been launched. These markets are virtually set for 2024 debuts: Salt Lake Metropolis, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Space.

The factor about this wave of enlargement groups is that every of them have had success and failure for the reason that first USSF Division I skilled ladies’s soccer league started play in April 2001. Salt Lake Metropolis was represented by the Utah Royals, which performed within the NWSL from 2018 to 2020 earlier than a scandal involving proprietor Dell Roy Hansen noticed the staff offered and moved to Kansas Metropolis.

Boston has been a presence within the previous WUSA in addition to Ladies’s Skilled Soccer, however existed on the wrestle bus within the NWSL, folding after averaging 15 losses per season between 2014 and 2017. The staff additionally had a tough existence within the final decade, even having to take to social media to complain concerning the synthetic grass service it had to make use of when its dwelling floor was Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.

Now, we don’t know precisely the place the proposed ladies’s professional soccer staff within the San Francisco Bay Space will likely be, however it’s notable that the final staff within the area, F.C. Gold Delight, gained the 2010 championship in Ladies’s Skilled Soccer, then folded the next November due to a scarcity of traders. The league would collapse two years later.

In brief, the present NWSL is clawing again territory and markets it had beforehand misplaced within the final quarter-century, as a substitute of going to new markets like Dallas, South Florida, Columbus, Miami, or Colorado.

I’d prefer to see Toronto or Vancouver turn into the following NWSL goal, though lots of people within the know imagine that the NWSL’s sixteenth staff goes to be a former WPS or WUSA market like Philadelphia or Atlanta.

We’ll see.



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