A new attempt to start a women's professional soccer league in the United States will have a distinctly local flair.
The National Women's Soccer League, which debuts this spring, announced where members of the U.S. Women's National Team were assigned to play Friday. Olivette native Becky Sauerbrunn was assigned to FC Kansas City.
Sauerbrunn, who graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School and played college soccer at the University of Virginia, played on a pair of Washington, D.C.-based teams in earlier attempts at pro leagues which eventually ceased operations. She most recently suited up for D.C. United Women, a second-tier league team affiliated with the Major League Soccer D.C. United franchise
The U.S. Soccer Federation is paying for the salaries of all 23 American players assigned Friday. A league draft is scheduled for later this month.