St. Louis’ new women’s professional soccer team will begin play in spring 2009 as a member of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league as the organization unveiled its name, logo and Web site on Thursday.
WPS made its official debut Thursday at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America annual convention in Baltimore. The league’s Web site, www.womensprosoccer.com, includes all information related to the league.
Jeff Cooper, managing partner of the SimmonsCooper law firm in East Alton, Ill., is the head of the St. Louis team. Cooper also leads St. Louis Soccer United, a group aimed at bringing a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Collinsville, Ill.
St. Louis is currently one of seven cities with a franchise in the new league, though the league is considering adding an eighth team. The other cities with a team are Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, the New York-New Jersey area and Washington D.C.
The Biz Journal also reports no decision yet on whether St. Louis will be the newest expansion team in the MLS.