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NWSL Names Patrick Donnelly as Director of Communications

CHICAGO (February 21, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that Patrick Donnelly has been named as the League’s Director of Communications. With a 15-year track record in communications, Donnelly will serve as primary spokesperson with oversight for all communications and media relations for the League.

Prior to joining the NWSL, Donnelly spent the last five months in the Sports Information Department at UCLA working with several teams as well as assisting with the opening of the new Pauley Pavilion.

In 13 seasons with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, Donnelly was a key member of the communications department from 1999-2012. As the Director of Communications from 2005-2012, he led all communications efforts for the club while working closely with ticket sales, marketing, sponsorship, operations, community development and the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation.

Donnelly was also a member of the communications team for the opening of The Home Depot Center in 2003 and led the public relations efforts for the club’s re-branding in 2007. He also managed all communications efforts for the Galaxy’s international games, preseason and postseason tours, and for major international tournaments. In addition to his duties with the Galaxy, he served as the Director of Communications for the inaugural season of the LA Riptide of Major League Lacrosse in 2006.

Prior to MLS, Donnelly served as an intern in the public relations departments with the Colorado Rapids in 1998 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He also worked as a research associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library during high school and college from 1991-1996. A native of Cooperstown, N.Y., Donnelly is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in April 2013. U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for 16 players. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.