Professional women’s soccer is making another comeback, and the nation’s capital once again is in the fold.
The U.S. Soccer Federation on Thursday announced plans to start a new league this spring, with teams based in Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, western New York, New Jersey, Portland and Seattle joining Washington.
This is the sport’s third stab at establishing a top-flight women’s league since the turn of the century. The overly ambitious Women’s United Soccer Association lasted from 2001 to 2003, while the more modest Women’s Professional Soccer ran from 2009 to 2011.
The Washington Freedom was a part of both leagues, though the franchise was moved to Boca Raton, Fla., for the final WPS season and rebranded as MagicJack.
United, Boskovic part ways
D.C. United and midfielder Branko Boskovic have agreed to mutually part ways so the Montenegro international can attend to family matters, the club announced Wednesday.
Coming off a torn ACL, Boskovic recorded one goal and seven assists in 26 regular-season games (12 starts) before starting all four playoff matches, scoring in Sunday’s season-ending 1-1 draw with Houston.