New pro women’s soccer team, NC Courage, coming to Cary

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Cary is getting a new women’s pro soccer team – North Carolina Courage.

North Carolina Football Club Owner Steve Malik and Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement Monday from WakeMed Soccer Park.

“We are excited to be able to bring the highest level of professional women’s soccer back to the Triangle,” said North Carolina Football Club Owner, Steve Malik. “This is an important step in the plan we set forth last month, and as we continue to develop, we look forward to the continued support of our community.”

Western NY Flash moving to North Carolina to become NC Courage.

“Western NY Flash will love coming to North Carolina,” Cooper said.

The Flash are coming off a championship year and will begin to play in Cary in the 2017 NWSL season.

NC Courage said the Flash are one of the most decorated women’s professional soccer teams, winning four championships in three different leagues. The club won the 2016 NWSL Championship Oct. 9.

The announcement comes a little more than a month after the Carolina RailHawks rebranded as North Carolina Football Club.

Malik said in December the rebranding was all a part of an attempt to being a MLS team to Cary.

NC Courage’s crest uses a component of the old Carolina Courage logo while its colors match those of NC Football Club.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as more information becomes available.

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