December 20, 2012
Sky Blue boss Hofstetter 'confident the NWSL will be a success'
In his first remarks about Sky BLue FC returning to a professional women's soccer, team president and CEO Thomas Hofstetter said the team was looking forward to competing in the National Women's Soccer League in 2013 and that the new league would be a success.
"We are excited to be involved in the new league, and this new chapter of women's soccer," Hofstetter said in a statement. "With the backing of U.S. Soccer, the Canadian Soccer Association, and the Federation of Mexican Football, as well as the support of the other clubs, we are confident the NWSL will be a success. Our commitment to the women's game has remained constant, and we continue to be dedicated to building a quality professional women's soccer league."
Sky Blue is among eight teams in the league, joining Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign FC.
Each of the eight teams will include Women's National Team players from the U.S. (up to 24 players), Canada (up to 16 players), and Mexico (up to 12 players). These National Team players will be allocated among the eight teams. U.S. Soccer will play a major role in operating the league, with a keen focus on sustainability.
"Like a number of teams joining this league, we have been continually active at various levels of the game for quite some time," Hofstetter said in a statement. "This is a very exciting time for women's soccer, and we are pleased to be a part of it. The involvement of three federations is imperative, and signifies credibility."
Ticket information and a home stadium for Sky Blue games will be announced in the near future. For more information, visit www.SkyBlueFC.com.
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