The New Pro Women's Soccer League Might Actually Have a Chance

Portland Thorns Alex Morgan (L) and Kat Williamson Photograph by Craig Mitchelldyer

On April 13, a game between two franchises in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League—the Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City—will kick off at the Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, Kansas. With a field ringed by a rubber track and bleachers that accommodate a modest capacity of 5,500, the venue is a far cry from London’s Wembley Stadium, where a record-breaking 80,000 fans crammed last summer to watch the U.S. women’s soccer team win Olympic gold. Still, a generic high school football stadium is a promising sign for this infant league.

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