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Paulson, Thorns perfect model for NWSL

Updated: June 14, 2013, 4:07 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson

Merritt Paulson doesn't want to be a role model. Not for other women's soccer owners, anyway. But when your team is the gold standard for a fledgling league, these things are going to happen.

Paulson's Portland Thorns are not merely leading the National Women's Soccer League in attendance less than 10 games into its inaugural season, but blowing away the next closest competition by three times in average per game and more than twice in total attendance -- and setting ...

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