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OLD GREENWICH — Old Greenwich’s Lisa Baird began her tenure as commissioner for the National Women’s Soccer League on March 10—only a day before the NBA suspended operations due to COVID-19 and with the rest of professional sports to follow. Now, her league is set to be the first team sport to return to action in the U.S. with their Challenge Cup tournament kicking off on June 27.
“We are number one, and we’re going to take advantage of it,” Baird said. “My goal right now is to make sure everybody is aware that we’re going to be out there, we’re going to be in the sports spotlight, and we’re going to have some incredible soccer by the best athletes on the planet.” Those athletes feature the U.S. heroes from the 2019 Women's World Cup champion squad, where all 23 players currently play in the NWSL—including star goalkeeper and Bridgeport native Alyssa Naeher.