Let's track all expansion news, rumors, or possibilities, in this thread. The latest news is that Colorado may have a team in this league sooner than you think. In fact, Colorado is a possible front-runner to be accepted into the league as soon as 2014. The name of the official franchise is yet to be determined, and the prospective ownership hasn't fully committed just yet. But there is intrigued interest on both sides. Right now, the state of Colorado has two W-League teams. In all likelihood, the franchise would be based in Denver, or outside of Denver. Will they be the Colorado Rapids? Colorado Cougars? Or another team name (which would be likely). I would bet on the latter, since that seems to be the formula. Sounders, Timbers, etc. Different ownership (same city/area), or same ownership and different team name (same city/area). Of course, none of that has to be decided yet. No commitments have been made. But look for a strong chance, 50-50 even, as of now, that Colorado will be in this league in as early as 2014. Colorado (Denver) has more "pulse" right now than St. Louis in the Midwest. As of now, St. Louis is out, and not much going on there from what is known. On another note, two California franchises may be in the league in 2014 or 2015. As many as three are showing interest now, but the league would prefer to take two of them in the same year for expansion (no more than two, no less than two). If that happens, could that push Colorado's expansion back a year? The league is still considering the idea of keeping every franchise within domestic borders, but is still open to the idea of at least one or two Canadian franchises being in the league. That's the news. Now for my own speculation .... It sounds like the league would want no more than two expansion franchises per year entering the league. They are more than willing to consider as many as four or five applicants each year, and accepting no more than two of them annually (no matter how many apply). That's my perception of what's going on. If I had to guess, it could shape up like this, pertaining to expansion: 2014 - Los Angeles, Bay Area 2015 - Colorado (Denver), Ottawa *Two divisions start in 2015: Pacific (West): Los Angeles, Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Colorado (Denver), Kansas City Atlantic (East): Washington DC, Western NY, Sky Blue FC, Boston, Ottawa, Chicago 2016 - Vancouver, Atlanta (638 miles away from Washington DC) 2017 - Philadelphia, Connecticut (which shifts Chicago to the Pacific division). The league stops at 16 (for now). 2017 (year #5 in the league) Pacific: Los Angeles, Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Colorado, Kansas City, Chicago Atlantic: Washington DC, Western NY, Sky Blue, Boston, Ottawa, Atlanta, Philly, Connecticut Of course, my speculation could be full of it. All these dots would have to connect just right to see a windfall like this for the league. This would mean the league is surviving strong, growing steadily each year, and more nations and subsidized players are increasing their presence in the league. There will be "some" expansion in this league within the first couple of years. You can count on it. Heck, even the official wikipedia page for NWSL says that.