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Former USWNT players leading effort to bring NWSL team to Bay Area - The Athletic

The Bay Area expansion group consists of investors from various industries, including sport, tech, media and business. They say 70 percent of the group is made up of women, though the full list of investors has not yet been revealed.

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Former U.S. women’s national team players Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner are leading a group of investors in a bid to bring a NWSL expansion team to the Bay Area.

The Bay Area expansion group consists of investors from various industries, including sport, tech, media and business. They say 70 percent of the group is made up of women, though the full list of investors has not yet been revealed.

“This is a very special opportunity to directly shape and influence teams, players, leagues, the sport and we feel we have that experience to directly do so,” Osborne told The Athletic’s Meg Linehan.

An NWSL team would add to the Bay Area’s rich history in women’s soccer, which includes the Bay Area CyberRays of the WUSA and the FC Gold Pride of the WPS. Chastain, Osborne, Slaton and Wagner all played collegiate soccer with the Santa Clara Broncos while representing USWNT on the international stage at the Olympics and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

There are currently 12 NWSL teams. Expansion began during the league’s sophomore season in 2014, with the two newest franchises being Angel City FC and San Diego starting in 2022.

For more on the NWSL expansion effort in the Bay Area, read Linehan’s full piece in the Go Deeper section below.

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