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LA Galaxy launch Girls’ Academy program

Does this mean a NWSL team is coming to LA?

Soccer: Women's World Cup Champions Celebration Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy like to be first. Not just on the pitch, but in all aspects of the beautiful game.

And over the course of two decades, the Galaxy have long been the originators of American soccer: The Galaxy were the first MLS club to build a modern, fully-functioning soccer stadium complete with luxury suites and training fields, the first club to sign a lucrative shirt sponsorship deal, the first team to sign a Designated Player, and most importantly, the first club to win five MLS Cups.

Today the Galaxy continue to build on this legacy, as President Chris Klein announced this afternoon the introduction of fully-funded Girls’ Academy Teams, a first in Major League Soccer.

“The LA Galaxy want to continue to invest in and lead the development of youth soccer in North America in every facet,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Adding an Academy program for girls is a huge step for this club in order to continue that investment. We are thrilled to launch this program and provide a structure for young girls to grow and develop in a professional environment free of charge.”

The details:

-U 14/15, U 16/17, U 18/19 age levels will compete in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy League free of charge
-23 player rosters will be created within a 75 mile radius of the StubHub Center
-LA now have three Girls’ Academy teams in addition to alliances in San Diego, South Bay, Bakersfield and Conejo Valley

Does this mean a WPSL team is coming to LA? Not so fast, professor.

While the Galaxy are certainly laying the groundwork down for a future women’s team, this news might also have something to do with our future neighbors.

If this is true, fine work by the Galaxy FO to beat LAFC to the punch.