FUN FACTS: Morgan's second book "Sabotage Season" will come out Sept. 3. Morgan has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and the California native enjoys tennis, snowboarding and wakeboarding. ... Portland coach Cone is a former member of the U.S. national team and teammate of Hamm and Foudy. ... Wambach and Morgan will help guide the U.S. national team in a match against Mexico on Tuesday. Fifteen NWSL players are on the 18-player U.S. roster for that game.
FOUDY'S WORLD: The U.S. Soccer Federation, plus the Canadian and Mexican federations, are partly financing the eight-team NWSL. The federations help with salary and front office expenses, taking some of the burden off owners.
Foudy played in the first women's pro league, the WUSA, and likes the NWSL's business model.
"The model is the healthiest we've seen because of that support," Foudy said. "Now you have to show you can sustain it. You see what a difference having a Merritt Paulson makes — already they have an incredible franchise on their MLS side.
"To bring in an owner who has the infrastructure, who has the staff, who has a lot of the stadiums, that makes a world of difference."