Portland will soon have a professional women’s soccer team. Officials with US Soccer announced Wednesday the eight locations that’ll form the new league. Games are slated to begin next spring, and run through September.
The owner of the Portland Timbers -- Merritt Paulson -- will be the owner of the Rose City’s women’s team. The team doesn’t have a name yet.
A Timbers’ spokesman says at least some of the home games will be played at Jeld-Wen Field – the Timbers’ home park.
President of the US Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati explained on a conference call Wednesday why Portland was chosen.
“The Timbers have an extraordinary fan base. The investor group led by the Paulson family is about as good as you can get. So all of that -- the University of Portland’s program, a number of star players that have played in Portland, so all of those things, but it’s a terrific market with a great track record for the sport.”
The only other West Coast city joining the new women’s soccer league is Seattle.
Four teams are in the Northeast -- in Boston, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and western New York. Chicago and Kansas City are also getting teams.