SBD/April 11, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

U.S. Star Rapinoe Has Realistic Expectations For New Pro Women's Soccer League

U.S. women's national soccer team MF Megan Rapinoe "very much wants" the new National Women's Soccer League to succeed and for "women's soccer to gain a formidable hold in America's sports landscape," according to Sam Borden of the N.Y. TIMES. Rapinoe "dreams of big American crowds and a league flush with resources." She added, "Of course I want to see the league do well and everyone to love it. But I also want us to be realistic." The two previous attempts at a national women’s league -- the WPS and WUSA -- were "doomed by financial overreaching and poor business operations." Rapinoe noted that this iteration has the backing of the U.S. Soccer Federation, "which is an important factor." But she also "cautioned that everyone -- organizers, players and fans -- needed to adjust their expectations." Rapinoe: "Do I think we need a league? Yes. Do I think it needs to be the best, greatest league since sliced bread? No. ... It’s not going to be the EPL; let’s stop shooting for that." Rapinoe plans to join the Seattle franchise "at some point in June" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/11).
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