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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

After a long expansion bid process, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) plans to add teams in Boston, Utah, and the San Francisco Bay Area, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Utah and the Bay Area are scheduled to join the league in 2024, with Boston following at a later time.

Boston and San Francisco are reportedly set to pay about $50 million each in expansion fees.

Utah will pay an agreed-upon amount from the Royals’ folding in 2021, anywhere from $2 million to $5 million.


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Previously, NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman had said that “over 30 investor groups” were interested in joining the league.

Utah and Boston have previously had professional teams — the Royals and the Breakers, respectively.

Meanwhile…

Crystal Dunn broke her silence last week on her husband Pierre Soubrier’s termination of employment with the Portland Thorns.

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Soubrier was found to have given Thorns players medication containing codeine without doctor supervision, once without a player’s informed consent.

“There is a path forward and he is committed to the process,” Dunn wrote in a statement. “This road will be filled with growth and learnings.”

“Today, I am holding my hands up, apologizing, and holding myself accountable,” Soubrier wrote on his own Twitter last Thursday.

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