PORTLAND -- The new women's soccer league with franchises in Portland, Seattle and six other cities will be called the National Women's Soccer League.

The league made the announcement Saturday.

The NWSL also unveiled its new logo. It is red, white and blue and includes the silhouette of a female soccer player about to strike the ball.

The new league starts play in 2013. The Portland team will be called the Thorns. The Seattle club has yet to announce its name.

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