Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has welcomed the introduction of the new Womens Pro League.
The NWSL kicks off this weekend.
‚ÄúAny time soccer succeeds, I think it‚Äôs good for soccer,‚ÄĚ he told the Seattle Sounders. ‚ÄúCertainly we wish the women‚Äôs league success and hopefully it‚Äôll ‚Ä¶ do well. I know women‚Äôs professional sports has been a difficult enterprise in this country ‚ÄĒ not just in soccer.
"I hope people don‚Äôt look at it as, ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs soccer not succeeding,‚Äô because it‚Äôs a difficult proposition in all sports. The only reason the women‚Äôs basketball really exists is because of support of the NBA. I want to see them succeed because it‚Äôs soccer succeeding. I want to see them succeed because anytime you have professional athletes being able to compete and do well, it helps our World Cup teams and it‚Äôs good for American soccer.‚ÄĚ"