From the LA Times article about the impact NWSL players, including players from the Portland Thorns, has had on the Olympics and vice versa.
Major League Soccer may still be trying to establish itself as one of the world's top leagues but on the women's side, the National Women's Soccer League, now in its fourth season in the U.S., has clearly become the destination of choice for top international players.
According to statistics complied by the NWSL's public relations staff, in the first round of Olympic group-play games on Wednesday, 32 of the 38 league players on the 12 national team rosters saw action, playing more than 36% of the total minutes combined for their respective teams.
"As far as just building the league, right now a lot of it is financial things," she said of the room for improvement. "If we can side more with MLS teams, that will be a help. If you look at Orlando and Portland and Houston, they seem to do really well because they can kind of share that brand and share the fan base and things like that."
Those three teams, which are partnered with their local MLS franchises, lead the league in average home attendance, topped by Portland, which is drawing 16,772 a game, slightly more than the Tampa Bay Rays baseball franchise.