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Originally published May 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM | Page modified May 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

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NWSL sees mixed results in startup season

The Portland Thorns' season couldn't be going any better. They're sitting atop the National Women's Soccer League's opening-season standings and drawing more than 11,000 fans to home games. And they've got Alex Morgan.

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PORTLAND, Ore. —

The Portland Thorns' season couldn't be going any better. They're sitting atop the National Women's Soccer League's opening-season standings and drawing more than 11,000 fans to home games. And they've got Alex Morgan.

But just a few hour's drive north, the Seattle Reign are struggling with a roster unexpectedly missing its star power, and with no wins and four total goals so far.

The two contrasting teams paint a picture common to many startups: successes and snags.

The eight-team NWSL, which started play last month, is a collaboration between the United States, Canadian and Mexican soccer federations. Ultimately, the league's survival will come down to whether fans support the teams.

After its first six weeks, the NWSL had drawn more than 101,494 total fans to 24 league games, a respectable average of 4,229 at each game.

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