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Boston lands National Women’s Soccer League franchise

A third professional women’s sports team is coming to Boston.

The still-unnamed team will join the National Women’s Soccer League. Boston has been awarded an expansion franchise and the team will play at White Stadium, located within Franklin Park, after substantial upgrades are made.

The Boston Renegades are members of the Women’s Football Alliance. The Renegades are their league’s five-time defending champions. In January, Boston will begin play in the new Professional Women’s Hockey League.

On Tuesday, the arrival of the soccer franchise will be be celebrated at a City Plaza event. Among those expected to attend are NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman, the franchise’s owners and Mayor Michelle Wu.

According to a report, the Boston Unity Soccer Partners paid a $53 million expansion fee to join the NWSL.

The franchise hopes to be more successful than the Boston Breakers, the former women’s pro soccer team that dropped out of the NWSL in 2018. The Breakers bounced around to four different stadiums and never captured the interest of local soccer fans.


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