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Cheryl Bailey to serve as executive director of new US women's soccer league

Former U.S. women's national team general manager Cheryl Bailey will serve as the executive director of the new U.S. Soccer-led women's league that will begin play next year.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment Thursday.

Bailey was the general manager of the U.S. women's national team from 2007-2011.

The eight-team league will have teams in Boston, Chicago, New Jersey, Portland, Seattle, Kansas City, western New York and Washington.