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Originally published May 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM | Page modified May 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

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Editorial: Fans should embrace Seattle’s newest pro team, Reign FC

The team plays its first home game Saturday against FC Kansas City.

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WOMEN’S professional soccer is back, and the community ought to give Seattle Reign FC a big welcome in its first home game.

The 23-member squad plays FC Kansas City 8 p.m. Saturday night at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. That’s impressive, considering owner Bill Predmore got the franchise rights to start the team just six months ago.

The team is off to a sluggish start after losing two games and tying one on the road.

Early buzz is building for midfielder Jessica Fishlock. Soccer stars and U.S. National team members Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe will start playing for the team next month.

The formation of the eight-team National Women’s Soccer League marks the third attempt to expand the sport in the United States for female professional athletes.

Seattle would seem a natural fit for the new league and the team, whose name is an homage to the city’s first professional women’s basketball team. The region is crazy about soccer, as evidenced by its many recreational leagues and devotion to the Sounders professional men’s team.

But if fans want to see Reign FC stick around, they’ll have to show up at their games. Predmore admits ticket sales so far have been disappointing. Starfire seats up to 3,800.

So come on, Seattle fans. Cheer on the newest hometown team.

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