The Sounders Women confirmed in a statement Wednesday morning that they will play the 2013 season in the W-League. This indicates Bill Predmore‘s group will have the Seattle team in the new women’s professional league, which should be confirmed during a 10 a.m. conference call with U.S. Soccer.
“With the backdrop of the USL’s decision, a few weeks ago, to step away from involvement in operating a newly proposed women’s soccer league, the Seattle Sounders Women received word that the franchise proposal from the Sounders Women to U.S. Soccer was not accepted,” the team said in a statement.
The Sounders Women also noted that home games will still be played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
“We cannot thank the Sounders fans enough for their support,” the team added. “We want them to know that we will continue to provide them with quality in organization, game day presentation, and quality from the players wearing the Sounders crest. We are still in great standing with our affiliation partners, the Seattle Sounders FC, and we will continue to uphold the rave green standards that our supporters know and trust.”
Added co-owner and CEO Lane Smith in the statement: “Congratulations to Bill with the new team and league. Seattle is a fantastic market for soccer and the Seattle Sounders Women wish them the best in the upcoming inaugural season. With this new team and the Seattle Sounders women continued representation in the long established W-league Seattle soccer fans will be blessed with the opportunity to attend many high level Women’s soccer matches.”