Over the years, female soccer players have always looked up to the U.S. Women’s National Team, or even their favorite EPL or MLS team for inspiration, never having a solid professional league to follow. That all changed when the new National Women’s Soccer League was introduced this year.
With eight teams, each with a handful of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican national team players, the league looked as though it would be a success. I got the opportunity to attend the Thorns FC home opener in Portland this past weekend against the Seattle Reign, and was amazed at what I saw.
I walked into JELD-WEN Stadium on Sunday, expecting a decent-sized crowd; young girls dressed in their soccer uniforms, in particular. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had drastically underestimated the following that these women would have.
Megan gets a look at Alex Morgan and former teammates after the jump