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Perhaps inexplicably, the highest level of American professional women’s soccer, the NWSL, didn’t have a team in Southern California. The eight-team league is in major markets like Chicago and New York; Portland’s franchise draws north of 20,000 fans per game in a 25,000-seat stadium.
However, sunny, soccer-crazed Los Angeles, with two men’s teams in Major League Soccer, had yet to form a franchise. Late last month, Los Angeles was finally awarded an NWSL franchise to great fanfare—though not for the team, but its ownership group.