The Sounders Women held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss some team matters and their role in the ever-changing state of the women’s game in this country.
Here are some highlights:
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— The Sounders Women want to participate in the highest league possible, which essentially means they have interest in being in a proposed new pro league that could kick off in 2013. (Note: The league is still in the preliminary planning stages)
— That means there are two ownership groups (Bill Predmore, if you remember, being the other) that have intentions of having a pro team in Seattle if the league comes together.
— Indications were that working together had all been ruled out; Sounders Women’s co-owner Lane Smith said both sides want to control their own destiny. It appears U.S. Soccer would have to decide which group gets the team.
— At a minimum, the Sounders Women would participate next year against in the USL W-League, with hopes that games would be at Starfire.
— The team announced it has not renewed the contract of general manager Amy Carnell (a decision made a couple months ago). Carnell is now working with Predmore.
— An announcement on the future of coach Michelle French could come as soon as this week.
— The team announced that Teddy Mitalas, a prominent figure in the Seattle soccer community, will serve as director of community relations for the team and the Sounders FC U-23s.
— The team wasn’t able to talk much about the proposed pro league since much is in control of U.S. Soccer — a shift from the plans of the proposed league earlier this summer. Here’s a transcript of a Q&A with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the new proposed league, which could include the federation taking an active role and potentially helping pay the salaries of national-team players.
— There will be more to come on this issue. All parties indicate an update could be coming again at the end of the month.