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NWSL name new commissioner

Entering it's 3rd season, the NWSL has appointed a new head of the league.

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The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that Jeff Plush has been named Commissioner for the National Women’s Soccer League, which will begin its third season in April.

"I am thrilled and quite frankly humbled to have this opportunity to be the Commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League," said Plush. "I am truly excited to build on the great work that has already been accomplished in the last two years. I am extremely passionate about this sport and very excited to be a part of the women’s game, especially with the exemplary young women that play in this league who continually demonstrate a commitment to their fans and communities. With the continued dedication of our owners, players, coaches and staffs along with the support of the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Federations, we will continue to grow this amazing product into a sustainable and vibrant league."

Prior to joining the NWSL, Plush was managing partner of Helium Sports Group. Plush was also Managing Director of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids from 2006-2011. Concurrently, Plush served on the Board of Governors of Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, while also serving on the Board of Directors for the global media business of London-based Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League.

During his six years on the Board for MLS & SUM, Plush was involved in the league’s evolution from 12 clubs (under just six ownership groups) to 19 clubs with 17 distinct owners and 13 soccer specific stadiums.

During his tenure with the Rapids, Plush oversaw the building of the team’s soccer-specific stadium and 24-field sport complex, sold one of the largest net naming rights deals in MLS history with Dick’s Sporting Goods, launched the nationally acclaimed Rapids Youth Academy and delivered the Rapids first and only MLS Cup in 2010.