New Expansions and New Talent Generating Excitement in the NWSL 

The NWSL is creating buzz with the recent announcement of three new expansion cities including Utah, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

By Charlie Forrester

Women’s soccer hasn’t let up its momentum in the sports world as it continues to expand into new cities across the country, exciting soccer fans looking for a local team to follow. Utah and San Francisco hope to make the 2024 season and Boston hopes to follow soon after finalizing agreement details. For Boston and San Francisco, a whopping $50 million will be charged in franchise fees in the deal. Utah will pay between $2 and $5 million due to a series of previous ownerships of former franchises in Salt Lake City. The league will grow from 12 to 15 teams with these additions, continuing to expand its successful franchises into major cities across the country. With new teams on both coasts and the midwest, this expansion will help grow the game in all corners of the country. 

Brazil forward Debinha (9) follows a play during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match against Japan, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

In current news, the 2023 schedule dropped last month and the season is set to kickoff on March 25, 2023. New this year, the NWSL introduced a free agency period that really turned up fans’ anticipation for the season, allowing teams to solidify their squads with new talent. It was the Kansas City Current that cashed in on some high profile talent including the Brazilian international stud Debinha. The Current continued to stack their roster with Morgan Gautrat and Vanessa DiBernardo, as well as No. 2 draft pick Michelle Cooper. Women’s soccer fans are looking forward to watching the star-studded KC Current in their season opener against the NC Courage at WakeMed Stadium. 

The 2023 NWSL season begins March 25. Most games will be available to watch on Paramount+, with select games shown on CBSSN.

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