Connecticut is not one of the eight founding teams of the new, yet-to-be named women’s soccer league, but a group based in Hartford, Conn. made a bid to have its team in the league. It’s the same group that planned to was in talks to enter WPS in 2012, but the group will wait, again.
“We’re hopeful that if the league is successful and if things go right, hopefully we can be an expansion team,” said Terry Foley, who has been working with the unidentified Connecticut owner for over a year now.
The team would have been (and in the future, still could be) named the Connecticut Courage and would have played out of Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Conn.
Foley said the team would have a single owner who is a Connecticut businessman and the plans were to have two-time WPS coach of the year Paul Riley coach the team.
Foley and the team are disappointed not to have been included in the launch of the league, but will continue to move forward in hopes of joining next year.
“In some ways it will be good for us,” he said. “We’ll get to see how the league works, how the league runs.”
He added, “We’re not going to give up on the project.”