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US Soccer's relationship with NWSL changing

A team from Sacramento is poised to join the National Women's Soccer League in 2022, bringing the league to 12 teams.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, then-U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer Lisa Baird speaks about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. Soccer is no longer managing the National Women's Soccer League although some aspects of the partnership remain, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. Baird spoke Tuesday, Jan. 12,c2021, on a wide-ranging conference call with reporters ahead of the league's draft on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

A team from Sacramento is poised to join the National Women's Soccer League in 2022, bringing the league to 12 teams.

NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird announced the expansion team a day before the league's college draft Wednesday. 

Baird also announced that U.S. Soccer was no longer managing the league, although many aspects of the partnership with the federation remain. 

The NWSL is expected to open its ninth season in mid-May.