Amy Carnell no longer Sounders Women GM; looking toward bringing another team to area

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Amy Carnell's departure could have a positive or a negative impact on women's soccer in Seattle, but only time will tell.

According to Sounder At Heart, Amy Carnell is no longer the general manager of the Sounders Women after sending out an email to confirm the news on Friday.

"I am no longer with the Sounders Women," Carnell said in the note. "I am however a true believer, and as passionate as ever about growing the women's game in this country. I am currently working with an owner here in Seattle that believes in the game as much as I do."

Carnell was integral in bringing stars Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe to Seattle last year. On Tuesday, the Sounders Women will hold a press conference to discuss "women's professional soccer in the United States, the Sounders Women stance and situation within that process, and organizational developments within the Sounders Women."

Carnell's departure comes in tandem with a Q&A published on USsoccer.com with U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati about the future of the women's game.

There seems to be a decent amount of interest in expanding the women's soccer brand as currently 11 ownership groups representing 10 cities are involved in what would be an attempt at a viable top flight professional league in America.

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