NWSL Expansion: My Tweets with Portland Thorns Owner Merritt Paulson

Earlier today, Chris Canetti of MLS’s Houston Dynamo tweeted that his organization is taking the next steps in the process to join the NWSL for the 2014 season. Given there is no published information regarding what those steps involve, Twitter is rife with speculation about what might be going on behind the scenes.

One scenario suggested is that Houston wants assurances about certain players and/or draft picks and/or allocations before committing to putting a team in the NWSL. Unsurprisingly, some of that speculation is focused on the uber-popular Alex Morgan, i.e. Houston wants Morgan or no MLS money for you.

While talking with some of my tweeps about all this, I included Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson’s handle in one of my tweets. Not long after that, he responded, and he and I had a brief conversation about expansion, trades, Houston, etc.

I enjoyed talking with Paulson, but unfortunately he deleted all the tweets he sent to me.

Luckily, I took screenshots. They are below, in order, though taken from two different Twitter clients.


And there you have it. I don’t have much to add, except to say I did a Patrick Stewart quadruple-take when Paulson said that about leveraging players into teams.

Ultimately, and unfortunately, the conversation didn’t lead to any insights on the expansion process or how the other owners feel about adding a new team (and what that might mean for their own teams). NWSL is typically tight-lipped about it, so with the college draft less than six weeks away, we’re left to wonder exactly what the 2014 season is going to look like.

Thanks again to Merritt Paulson for engaging in the conversation.

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