Sports Illustrated: Sources say the USL is seriously exploring starting a Division 1 women’s pro soccer league as early as 2021 that would compete directly against the NWSL https://t.co/F0jpw68UV5— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) November 15, 2019 There are probably several reasons they might now want to buy into NWSL: --Dislike of the league's management specifically or structure generally --Simply think they can do better, or at least would fair better riding out the current "WoSo wave" on their own terms --(Potentially) there's been indication that NWSL does not want to expand fast enough to include them all Whichever of those reasons it might be, all are misguided IMO. And I don't see NC or LOU backing out of NWSL - they've got something they know works, so why change? The only complicating factor could be if USL tried to make a decree that all USL-associated WoSo teams *must* be in their league, at which point I assume several lawsuits would follow. Yeah, USL teams are generally an order of magnitude "less than MLS" on many accounts. If you want to use attendance as an outside-looking-in proxy of wealth, less than a third of USL draws above 6k average, and of those 10 teams, two are going to MLS (SAC and NSH) and one (LOU) is already committed to NWSL. Anyone left is, on average, highly unlikely to be bringing much capital to the table. = = = = = I mentioned this in the other thread, but the idea that this league might benefit from USSF allocation in the same way that NWSL had is silly. Sure, NWSL is getting out from under USSF, but that probably just means allocation is going to be phased out. Plus, why would USSF want to invest in this new league? NWSL already exists and is proving to work fairly well*. What does USSF stand to gain? And I thought that the current WNT CBA specifies NWSL, i.e. not necessarily giving the option for WNT players to allocate to another potential D1 league. Honestly, if this league does move past the brainstorming phase, I wouldn't be surprised if USSF goes through a "professional league reevaluation" just like what happened when NASL and USL began butting heads (and NASL tried to go D1). *The Sac announcement is going to be late into the offseason, of course, and we still don't know where Sky Blue will play next year, etc... Plus the league still needs a comms person. But there's been plenty of good recently, too.