The United Soccer League has appointed former United States women’s national team player Angela Hucles as a senior consultant to lead the league’s efforts in the women’s game.
In November 2019, it was reported that the USL was planning to establish a division one women’s professional soccer league in the United States as early as 2021, which would directly rival the established National Women’s Soccer League.
According to Sports Illustrated, several ownership groups of clubs in the second-tier USL Championship and third-tier USL League One were interested in establishing teams in this proposed women’s league. The United States Soccer Federation confirmed that it would be possible to sanction two division one women’s pro leagues.
“We’re very pleased to welcome someone of Angela’s professionalism and business acumen to our organization,” said USL chief executive officer Alec Papadakis. “USL is a huge supporter of the women’s game and wants to continue to look at ways to support its growth and provide career opportunities for players, coaches and executives.
“Angela will be instrumental in guiding that strategy and creating a roadmap that can help us build a foundation and grow from the bottom up. She is one of the most respected women in soccer both on and off the field and her impressive qualities will serve USL well in this new advisory position,” he said.
Since her retirement, Hucles has served as a Trustee for the US Soccer Federation Board, was a US Soccer Athlete Council Vice-Chair, and served a term as President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, an organization founded by tennis great Billie Jean King. She currently sits on the Women’s Sports Foundation Board and the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia.