NEW YORK — Abby Wambach and her U.S. teammates will have a new pro soccer league to look forward to after the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics.
Its launch has been bumped back a year to 2009, when the seven-team pro Women’s Soccer LLC is set to begin in the spring, league commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced Tuesday. Teams will be based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, and Washington. Several teams are expected to play in Major League Soccer stadiums.
“Careful consideration was taken in timing the launch of the league, as team owners are being judicious to ensure that this league is sustainable and successful in the long run,” Antonucci said. “It’s a simple matter of preparation and operational readiness.”
The league follows the failed Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), which launched after the success of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Wambach played for the Washington Freedom, but the league folded in 2003 after three seasons even though the stars of the 1999 U.S. team played in the WUSA.
The women’s league intends to partner with Soccer United Marketing, which is affiliated with MLS, for sponsorship and marketing. The league plans to announce a new name in the coming months, and more teams may be added.