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NWSL Portland Thorns Draw Larger Game Crowd Than WPS Predecessor
Published April 22, 2013
NO BREAKS FOR THE BAY: In S.F., Chelsea Janes reported financial “failures of past California franchises have scared off potential new owners and made U.S. Soccer, the body that governs the new league, wary of California bidders” for a NWSL franchise in the Bay Area. And history “justifies those concerns: The Bay Area's highly saturated sports landscape include two failed women's soccer franchises in the past 11 years.” USSF President Sunil Gulati said that the organization “vetted 11 bidding groups for eight slots.” Among the “rejected finalists were groups from Hartford, Conn., and Los Angeles that could be strong contenders for future teams, as league officials say they hope to expand to 10 to 12 franchises in the next few years.” The experience of the Bay Area's WPS team, FC Gold Pride, may “be to blame for the Bay Area void” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/19).