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WUSA to stage four-team tournaments in June, wants top players
Source: Canadian Press
February 04, 2004
As many as three soccer tournaments will be organized in June by the WUSA, which folded last year but hopes to relaunch in 2005.
U.S. national team stars Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Abby Wambach will play in the four-team June tournaments. "We're pleased to have all of the U.S. national team players competing in the WUSA Soccer Festivals," said Tony DiCicco, who served as WUSA commissioner and is co-chairman of the committee to relaunch the league.
No sites have been determined, although the eight WUSA cities expressed interest: Atlanta; Boston; Cary, N.C.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington.
Also interested in hosting the events are Rochester, N.Y.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Carson, Calif.; Chicago; Denver; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; and Hampton Roads, Va.
Venues will be announced by the end of February.
"The response has been fantastic," said Joe Cummings, DiCicco's committee co-chairman. "The feedback we've received from these markets is one of many reasons why we're excited about the future of the WUSA."
DiCicco said top international players will play in the June games, while several college seniors could participate.
Canadians in WUSA included Ottawa's Charmaine Hooper and Vancouver's Sharolta Nonen (Atlanta), Calgary's Christine Latham (San Diego), Karina Leblanc of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Boston) and Edmonton's Breanna Boyd (Carolina).
LeBlanc, Boyd, Hooper and Nonen all played for the world team in the 2003 WUSA all-star game.