News has come out of W-League Headquarters in Florida that San Francisco is to enter a franchise in the W-League, the competition where Sounders Women will play in 2013.
The club, called the Bay Area Breeze, will join the league for the 2013 season and is owned by a group of Bay Area business owners, led by President Paul Haley.
Last season they played in the WPSL Elite Pacific North Division where the Portland Rain and Emerald City FC played in the Northwest section. They finished fifth in their section with 13 points from ten games.
A press release states that they will operate as a professional club in the W-League.
“Adding an established club such as the Bay Area Breeze to the W-League for the 2013 season only strengthens our highly competitive Western Conference,” W-League Senior Director Amanda Duffy said in a press release.
Haley recently announced the return of Maria Lashinger as the club’s general manager and the hiring of Santa Cruz, California native Analisa Robles as operations manager. Bay Area sports executive Andy Dolich of Dolich Consulting rounds out the management team.
Tryouts for the Bay Area Breeze have been scheduled for March 23-24, 2013. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks, including an announcement of the club’s home stadium and coaching staff. All information will also be available online at the club’s new website www.bayareabreeze.com, slated for launch in early February.