A conference call held today has confirmed that Seattle will be granted a team in a new top-tier women's professional league that will begin play in spring of 2013.
The league -- as yet unnamed -- will be run by U.S. Soccer, which will fund the participation of about two dozen of the league's players. About a dozen players will be funded by the Mexican soccer federation. The Seattle team will be operated by a group led by Bill Predmore.
Other teams will be located in Portland, Boston, Washington DC, Western New York, New Jersey, Kansas City and Chicago.
The league apparently will be run on a smaller scale than previous pro leagues, especially the WPL which folded earlier this year. Smaller stadiums, smaller costs of all kinds, but -- the new league hopes -- more sustainable.