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Nothing official from Houston, but NWSL still in play

The Houston Dynamo are still in the running for an NWSL team in 2014.

The Houston Dynamo are still exploring the possibility of joining the National Women’s Soccer League, but nothing is yet finalized, team president Chris Canetti said when reached by phone on Wednesday.

Canetti said the Dynamo are in communication with the league and “continuing to aggressively explore NWSL.” The process of acquiring an expansion team for 2014 is “still going forward,” Canetti said.

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The Dynamo first publicly expressed their interest in acquiring a women’s professional team two weeks ago, and after a survey of season ticket holders and asking for $25 refundable season ticket deposits — which Canetti said received encouraging but not overwhelming feedback — the next step was for Canetti to get approval from the Dynamo ownership group. That seemingly went well, given Canetti’s statement Wednesday that things are still moving forward.

Whether or not an announcement comes this week remains to be seen, though it sounds unlikely. The league is yet to officially comment on the situation surrounding Houston’s potential expansion team.


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