Another veteran of Minor League Baseball joins the soccer world, as former Pulaski Yankees General Manager Betsy Haugh is the new Director of Women’s Soccer Operations for USL.
We’ve covered Betsy Haugh and her accomplishments in Minor League Baseball at our sister site, Ballpark Digest, as she raised the Appalachian League’s Pulaski Yankees to a leading short season/rookie level team, winning a Ballpark Digest award along the way. Alas, the Appalachian League was dropped as a pro MiLB circuit by MLB this offseason, and the Pulaski Yankees are being rebranded as a summer-collegiate team for 2021.
With USL, Haugh is expected to spearhead development of a new pro-am women’s league, as the women’s game continues to grow in the United States. The pro-am United Women’s Soccer (UWS) league is teaming up with National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) to launch a new pro women’s soccer league for the 2022 season, positioned as more advanced than the pro-am UWS and below NWSL.
This is an interesting period for the business side of women’s pro soccer. With NWSL expanding and USL reportedly looking at a women’s league, pro players could have an abundance of opportunities not available before the last World Cup, which boosted the American game. We also expect many USL and NISA owners to launch women’s squads as well.