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National Women’s Soccer League adds Orlando Pride as 10th team

Boston Breakers Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher punched the ball over the attempted header of FC Kansas City midfielder Mandy Laddish during a game this year.
Boston Breakers Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher punched the ball over the attempted header of FC Kansas City midfielder Mandy Laddish during a game this year. Special To The Star

The National Women’s Soccer League announced its second expansion team, the Orlando Pride, on Tuesday. The Pride is owned and operated by Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer and will compete in the 2016 NWSL season with former U.S. women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni at the helm.

“Orlando is a remarkable organization with an authentic club culture and a community that will help us continue to grow the league and provide more opportunities for female soccer players at the highest level,” NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush said in a statement. “As we continue to build the overall fan base, we are thrilled to have a club in the Southeast to provide fans in the region with the opportunity to see and interact with our amazing players. We have no doubt Orlando will be a tremendous addition to the NWSL.”

The addition increases the NWSL to 10 teams including two-time defending champion FC Kansas City. All teams will participate in an expansion draft on Nov. 2.

Kathleen Gier: 816-234-4875, @kgier

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