Philadelphia is left out of new women's soccer league

Posted: November 23, 2012

Another professional women's soccer league will try to succeed where two previous attempts have failed, but a Philadelphia team is not in the mix.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that an eight-team league will launch in the spring. The clubs will be located in Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New Jersey, Portland, Seattle, western New York and Washington.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said there were 11 finalist cities for inclusion in the league.

Philadelphia was represented by the Charge in the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003 after three seasons, failing to capitalize on the success of the 1999 World Cup.

The Philadelphia Independence was a member of Women's Professional Soccer, which folded earlier this year, also after three seasons.

The sport has repeatedly shown it can draw large numbers of fans in the stands and on TV for the World Cup and Olympics, but women's soccer has yet to find a foothold as a pro sport in the United States.

Four teams from WPS will be represented in the new league: Sky Blue FC (northern New Jersey), the Western New York Flash, the Boston Breakers, and the Chicago Red Stars.

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