Salt Lake City will join NWSL next season

Thursday , November 16, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Associated Press

Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake is adding a women's team that will play in the National Women's Soccer League next season.

The Utah team was announced as a "new" team to the NWSL. But at a news conference Thursday a league official said NWSL would remain at 10 teams for 2018, suggesting that perhaps another team was either folding or moving. But no announcement about the other team in the equation was made.

The NWSL completed its historic fifth season this year. No other professional women's soccer league has lasted as long.

RSL becomes the fourth MLS franchise to include a women's pro club, joining the Portland Timbers (Thorns), Orlando City (Pride) and Houston Dynamo (Dash).

"During our discussions in this process, Real Salt Lake has demonstrated their unquestionable desire and commitment to bring the highest level of professional women's soccer to all fans of the game in Salt Lake City and Utah," NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy said in a statement.

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