Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Developments May Come Soon About Breakers' New U.S. Women's Soccer League

By Zachary Baru

Promising news came earlier this evening about the status of a new U.S. women's soccer league.  The Boston Breakers already announced in August that they would be members of a new league, along with seven other franchises, including a new team in Seattle.

Tonight during a halftime interview at the U.S. Women's National Team exhibition in East Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Soccer President Sunil K. Gulati told NBC Sports Network that "I think over the next 10 days, we'll have some interesting things to say", when asked about a new women's league.

Gulati also mentioned that U.S. Soccer has been working with investors and the Canadian Soccer Association regarding the development of a new women's league.  This is great news for the Breakers, who earlier this year competed in the semi-professional Women's Premier Soccer League Elite (WPSL Elite).

A crowd of 18,870 fans braved rainy conditions at Rentschler Field in East Hartford tonight for an exhibition match between the United States and Germany, ending in a 2-2 draw.  These two teams also played before a sold-out crowd of 19,522 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Saturday, ending in a 1-1 draw.

After playing from 2009 to 2011 in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) at Harvard Stadium, last year the Breakers played at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, selling out all 7 home games with more than 2,000 fans per game.

The comments from U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati this evening made for an encouraging night for U.S. women's soccer.

Zach Baru can be followed on Twitter @zbaru and reached at zachbaru@gmail.com.

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