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The U.S. Soccer Federation announced it will start a new women's professional league in 2013, and that Portland and Seattle will be two of the eight clubs.

The other teams are based in Boston, Chicago, western New York, New Jersey, Kansas City and Washington, D.C.

The season is expected to start in March or April and conclude in September or October.

Bill Predmore, owner of the Seattle-based public relations company POP, will own the Seattle team.

We are thrilled that the United States Soccer Federation has selected our club to represent Seattle in the new league, Predmore said in a statement. In our proposal we articulated a clear mission: to become one of the best women s soccer clubs in the world. We believe the fans in Seattle deserve nothing less and we look forward to earning their support over the coming weeks and months.

According to Predmore's press release, Amy Carnell, formerly the general manager of the Sounders Women, will join the new club in a senior leadership position.

We look forward to building a strong relationship between the clubs, as it is clear we are both committed to delivering world-class soccer experiences to our fans. We hope fans will embrace the new club and show them amazing support, said Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer.

Predmore's statement said decisions about the new team's name, coach and schedule will be announced in the next few weeks.

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