Seattle is one of the eight cities to launch the United States third attempt at professional women's soccer. The other cities are Portland (run by Timbers), Kansas City, Chicago, DC, New Jersey, Western New York and Boston . The USSF will fund 24 players from the USWNT while the CSA will fund another 16 players from within their pool. The FMF will help with 12 players. Other players will have some sort of funding system that may be like a salary cap, but that is yet to be determined. Dispersing those first 52 players between just eight teams should lead to a relatively high quality of play.
Locally, former Sounders Women GM Amy Carnell will be in the senior leadership team of the new unnamed team. Other details will be forthcoming shortly, with season tickets going on sale in mid-December. Other details like coaching staff, players, venue, name, sponsors and more will come out in the next few weeks.
At this time the league knows that it will play 22 matches with three of those against 6 of the teams, but a closer rival will get a fourth match. That means more Seattle v Portland rivalries.
"We are excited to welcome the new club to the Seattle soccer community," said Adrian Hanauer, Owner/General Manager of Seattle Sounders FC. "We look forward to building a strong relationship between the clubs, as it is clear we are both committed to delivering world-class soccer experiences to our fans. We hope fans will embrace the new club and show them amazing support."
The extent of that relationship is another one of the to be determined items. But according to the release both Carnell and team owner Bill Predmore the goals are lofty, but the support of local fans is expected. This new team, in the new league will be pro or semi-pro.
This third attempt at a pro version of the women's game at the highest level is getting more support from the national federations and that alone may mean it is too important to fail.