Seattle to be home for new women's professional soccer team

Seattle to be home for new women's professional soccer team

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Alex Morgan was one of the Sounders Women stars. In this photo she reacts after scoring during the Women's Football first round Group G Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United States and France, at Hampden Park on July 25, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 6:39 PM

Bill Predmore says his family shares a love of Women's Soccer.  His wife played at Oregon State, and he has three daughters who enjoy the game.

They'll now be able to enjoy watching the team Predmore owns.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced it will start a new women's professional league in 2013, and that Portland and Seattle will be two of the eight clubs.

The other teams are based in Boston, Chicago, western New York, New Jersey, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. The season is expected to start in March or April and conclude in September or October.

Predmore, owner of the Seattle-based public relations company POP,  will own the Seattle team.

“We are thrilled that the United States Soccer Federation has selected our club to represent Seattle in the new league,” Predmore said in a statement. “In our proposal we articulated a clear mission: to become one of the best women’s soccer clubs in the world. We believe the fans in Seattle deserve nothing less and we look forward to earning their support over the coming weeks and months.”

He added that he has been a fan of the Sounders FC.  "They are beloved," but that his team will be different, and have a distinct look. There will be "no brand elements that are utilized by the Sounders," says Predmore.

The new owner also says each franchise will be allocated three different members of the US Womens' National Team, two from the Canadian team, and one from the Mexican squad. The allocation process is still being negotiated. He also says the team's home stadium is still up in the air, but that Tukwila's Starfire Complex is being discussed as an option.

In an earlier press release, Predmore announced Amy Carnell, formerly the general manager of the Sounders Women, will join the new club in a senior leadership position.

"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," said Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer.

KING 5's Chris Daniels and the Associated Press contributed.

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