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PostPosted: 05/14/22 7:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

9 potential expansion groups in the works for NWSL. Five MLS owned teams and four non-MLS owned teams in MLS markets.

MLS owned: Atlanta, Austin, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati & Toronto
Non-MLS owned: Columbus, Denver, New England & the Bay Area(likely San Jose)

https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/1525264617492054017

https://twitter.com/DiCiccoMethod/status/1525287784843382784



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PostPosted: 06/30/22 3:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Royals returning in 2024, team #14 will also join in '24. Appears Chicago and Orlando are up for relocation. No timetable past 14 teams.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-nwsl/story/4692534/as-expansion-race-heats-upnwsl-faces-tough-questions-about-its-future-with-utah-expected-to-join-in-2024



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With the amount of interested ownership groups, I don't see them stopping at 14 teams. Probably will get to 16 by 2026 once Chicago and Orlando get moved

Utah and Atlanta for '24
Chicago relocates to Cincinnati
Orlando relocates to Austin
Bay Area and Toronto join in '26



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Thorns, Red Stars put up for sale while expansion talks heat up.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-nwsl/story/4692534/as-expansion-race-heats-upnwsl-faces-tough-questions-about-its-future-with-utah-expected-to-join-in-2024



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PostPosted: 12/03/22 2:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
With the amount of interested ownership groups, I don't see them stopping at 14 teams. Probably will get to 16 by 2026 once Chicago and Orlando get moved

Utah and Atlanta for '24
Chicago relocates to Cincinnati
Orlando relocates to Austin
Bay Area and Toronto join in '26


Orlando moving to Austin would be just funny---mainly because the men's team went the other way. Austin moved to Orlando and then moved to Louisville to become Louisville City. Razz


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PostPosted: 12/03/22 8:27 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Based on what's recently come out, I'll say:

Utah and Bay Area for '24 [14 teams]
Chicago relocates to Cincinnati in '24
Atlanta joins in '25 [15 teams]
Toronto joins in '26 [16 teams]
No expansion in 2027
Probable expansion again in 2028 [18 teams]
*Orlando potentially relocates as well

With over 30 potential ownership groups interested, it's simply a matter of how the league paces itself and doesn't over-expand. If only the WNBA was so lucky to have this issue.



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PostPosted: 12/09/22 10:31 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I live in WNY & would love a weekend trip to Toronto. Rochester, NY was never a hotbed of soccer, at least not enough to pull in the number of fans that they have the ability to in Toronto. I just wish it would be sooner than 2026.



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PostPosted: 12/09/22 10:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Toronto probably doesn't happen for the NWSL as their will be a women's soccer league in Canada beginning in 2025. I'd say replace Toronto with Austin for 2026. League probably splits into two conferences once they hit 16 teams

EAST: Gotham FC, Washington, Atlanta, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Orlando, Louisville, Kansas City

WEST: Reign FC, Portland, Bay Area, Angel City, San Diego, Utah, Houston, Austin



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