For fans of professional women's soccer, the details of the new U.S. soccer-backed league started to become clear this weekend.
The 8-team league (featuring FC Kansas City) will be called the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and play will begin this coming Spring. The league will be administered by the U.S. soccer federation with Cheryl Bailey the league's executive director.
The eight teams in the league: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash and Seattle (which has yet to announce the team name yet).
The Missouri Comets' ownership group -- led by Chris Likens and his two sons, Greg Likens and Brad Likens, along with Brian Budzinski -- owns FC Kansas City, nicknamed the Blues.
Earlier this month, the Blues announced that Comets assistant coach Vlatko Andonovski will be the franchise's first coach.
According to sources (read more byThad Bell at The Examiner
), the league will allocate 52 players sometime before the New Year.
U.S. Soccer will subsidize the salary of up to 24 U.S. Women's National Team players. The Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each to the same for up to 16 players.