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WPS - the pro league in the USA

There's been talk of it for some time, and it may not happen at all, but there is an ongoing effort to revive women's professional soccer in the USA.

Here's a recent development of interest to Canadians:
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Phoenix Suns point guard and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash is sinking a chunk of his discretionary investment income into a new women’s professional soccer league.

Nash loves soccer. His dad played pro, and his brother Martin is a Vancouver Whitecap and frequent member of Canada’s national men’s team. The best point guard in the business also has twin three-year-old daughters, and is a huge booster of women’s pro sports.

The league, hoping to begin play in eight American cities in 2009, plans to use Nash’s unspecific donation to help defray set-up and administrative costs. No Canadian cities are involved at the moment. Vancouver’s apparently a possibility, but the Whitecaps remain committed to their current ladies’ loop, the W-League.
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The Guardian, October 5, 2008:

Tomorrow evening in America, women's football fans will sit down in front of their television screens to watch the draft for the new Women's Professional Soccer league, followed by a live phone-in and discussion on Fox Sports.

It is a scenario that women's football fans in this country can only dream of. In England it is still a major coup to be able to watch live games on TV, let alone football discussion shows at prime time. The difference will be more marked still when the US launch their revamped professional league in April, having targeted some of the best players in the world - including two-time Fifa world player of the year Brazil forward Marta - and England stars Kelly Smith and Karen Carney.

With the FA's announcement of plans for a summer Super League to be launched in 2010, including central contracts for England players, and Hope Powell's England side qualifying for the European Championships last week, it is a buoyant time for the women's game. But compared with what is going on around the world, is enough really being done to elevate women's football in England?

Already Sweden's most successful team, Umea IK, pay professional wages to 75 per cent of their players and rival men's teams in terms of their TV coverage, many of Germany's players have semi-professional status, Holland's new league is tied to and funded by the men's Eredivisie so that women footballers have their playing expenses covered, and Australia's new W-League is fully professional. English domestic football could end up playing a frustrating game of catch up.

Sue Tibballs, chief executive of the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, is measured in her assessment. 'What the FA are proposing is a great first step, but it's a cautious one. They could actually take a few big strides, and then you'd suddenly see the thing taking off.'

At the newly franchised Chicago Red Stars, head coach Emma Hayes - former assistant coach at Arsenal ladies - is frustrated by the gulf in ambition between US and English football. She says the English approach to developing the game is 'Victorian'.

'Working in women's sport in England is so hard, it's draconian,' says Hayes, who reluctantly left Arsenal at the end of last season fearing a dead end in the domestic game. 'Arsenal is my club and I love it more than anything else, it's in my blood, but I want to be the best coach in the world and that's why I came here. This country loves women's football. Loves it.'

While Hayes welcomes the FA's announcement, she is concerned the proposals will not do enough. 'If we're going to do it let's do it properly with long-term intentions and not just knee-jerk reactions to a few players being targeted by another league. I hope the FA get their act together. They have enough money to do it, they just don't want to consider financing it.'

The current proposals will cost an estimated £1m-£2m a year including central contracts at around £16,000 per player, although this last figure is unconfirmed by the FA. It is a modest outlay for an organisation with an annual turnover nearing £240m and a pittance compared with WPS budgets of around £1.5m per club, plus the added benefit of sharing facilities and costs with Major League Soccer clubs.

The introduction of salaries for England players is a huge development - with many top footballers currently paying to play - but Hayes says it falls short. 'Yes it's great they're supporting national team players but is it really viable? Why would [England footballer] Rachel Yankey give up her business interests [coaching schools] for £16,000? And what about the other players who won't be paid?'

The salaries are part of an incentive to keep young talent in the game as well as preventing England's best players from being lured Stateside. The words 'danger' and 'threat' have been on everybody's lips after WPS approaches, and when Kelly Smith admitted being open to a return to America - she played for Philadelphia Charge in 2001 under the previous WPS incarnation - feathers were ruffled.

But Hayes believes the focus is all wrong. 'Their initial reaction is they don't want to lose players, but it's great that women footballers are in positions of choice, it's improving the game worldwide. That should be the bigger picture. You can't have a stranglehold on players.'

WPS commissioner Tonya Antonucci says she expects English football fans will be 'delighted' to see their players competing in the new league.

'It's an opportunity to watch great soccer first and foremost, but we're also providing a platform for players to improve their games and to grow the sport as a whole.' Antonucci says the league should act as a 'beacon' for the rest of the world, and could include international club competitions in future.

The global approach seems to have bypassed domestic football here. The English league is not attracting players from outside the British Isles, European footballers don't want to come here, and players outside the EU cannot come because of immigration laws and the non-professional status of clubs. Hayes believes this must change. 'I get approached all the time by quality American footballers who would love to play in England, but we're losing them to Finland and Sweden. We should be challenging that legislation, or finding a way around it.

'I want to come home at some point,' says Hayes, 'I really do. But I'm here to improve my country and I want to learn everything I can before I return. I just wish that same learning intention was adopted back home.'

After a meeting between the FA and women's Premier League clubs yesterday, an FA spokeswoman said: 'This is the start of something really exciting for women's football in England. We have a well-thought-out approach, not a knee-jerk reaction. We have done a lot of research and this is the start of a four-year strategy for women's football.'
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You can follow the WPS General Draft online on Monday October 6.

The WPS General Draft will consist of four rounds of selections of international and domestic players for all seven WPS teams. The WPS General Draft order was conducted by lottery and is as follows:

Round One
1. Washington Freedom
2. Bay Area
3. Washington Freedom (via trade with St. Louis on Sept. 24)
4. Boston Breakers
5. Los Angeles
6. Chicago Red Stars
7. Sky Blue FC (New Jersey/New York)

Round Two
8. Sky Blue FC
9. Chicago Red Stars
10. Los Angeles
11. Boston Breakers
12. Los Angeles (via trade with St. Louis on Sept. 24)
13. Bay Area
14. St. Louis (via trade with the Washington Freedom on Sept. 24)

Round Three
15. St. Louis (via trade with the Washington Freedom on Sept. 24)
16. Bay Area
17. Washington Freedom (via trade with St. Louis on Sept. 24)
18. Boston Breakers
19. Los Angeles
20. Chicago Red Stars
21. Sky Blue FC

Round Four
22. Sky Blue FC
23. Chicago Red Stars
24. St. Louis (via trade with Los Angeles on Sept. 24)
25. Boston Breakers
26. St. Louis
27. Bay Area
28. Washington Freedom

- - - - -
WPS will expand to Atlanta and Philadelphia in 2010 and continues to explore additional potential franchises for 2010 and beyond. The WPS team planned for Dallas is now slated to begin play in 2010 as the League continues to work on securing a facility, with the intention that the Team will start play in the League’s second season.

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Eight of the ten finalists for FIFA player of the year have been drafted by the new WPS league.

Selection in a WPS draft means that a player’s rights within the league have been assigned to a specific team. That team then needs to negotiate and sign the player before they officially join a team’s roster for the 2009 WPS Season.

The eight players drafted by WPS teams who were nominated for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award are:

Shannon Boxx (USA) - Los Angeles Sol
Cristiane (Brazil) - Chicago Red Stars
Daniela (Brazil) - St. Louis
Marta (Brazil) - Los Angeles Sol
Christine Sinclair (Canada) - Bay Area
Kelly Smith (England) - Boston Breakers
Hope Solo (USA) - St. Louis
Ingvild Stensland (Norway) - St. Louis
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Marta, three-time FIFA player of the year, will sign a 3-year contract with Los Angeles Sol.

She will appear in the new League's first match on March 29, between the Sol and the Washington Freedom in Carson, California.
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The inaugural season starts Sunday March 29.

Season schedule

Opening day team rosters

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Familiar faces back for women's soccer kickoff
Thursday, March 26, 2009
By: Beau Dure, USA TODAY

Women's soccer is combining past and present, all in hopes of building a future.
When Women's Professional Soccer kicks off Sunday (6 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel), national team veteran Abby Wambach will be on the field for the Washington Freedom, the same team for which she scored the winning goal in the final WUSA game in 2003. Briana Scurry, who saved a penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup final, will be in goal.

Across the field for the host Los Angeles Sol will be Marta, the 23-year-old Brazilian named FIFA world player of the year three years running. She says she was too young to have many memories of the WUSA.

And WPS will be reaching fans with technology that didn't exist when the WUSA closed down. Commissioner Tonya Antonucci is happy to see her league's Facebook page near its pre-launch goal of 10,000 fans, and selected players will be using Twitter during the inaugural game.

"The league is considering endorsing it for the entire season based on feedback from the inaugural match," Antonucci says.

The league is leaner than the WUSA, with smaller salaries, venues and expectations.

In St. Louis, goalkeeper Hope Solo is shrugging off a practice field that's less than ideal, focusing on learning a new style of play with Brazilian coach Jorge Barcellos. "Everyone's in this for the long haul," she says.

Antonucci has already spent several years bringing the league to reality. WPS has absorbed the "hard lessons of the WUSA," she says.

"The exuberance that came out of the World Cup of 1999 did not translate to a sustainable business model and marketing platform," Antonucci says. "The spending and the cost-containment was not in line with how the business would need to grow over time."
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WPS Inauguration Match, 29 March, 2009
Los Angeles Sol vs. Washington Freedom

Los Angeles Sol Starting XI


and more photos ...

Washington Freedom starting XI
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Allison Falk Celebrates the First Goal in WPS History
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Long live WPS

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Thanks for that, Bonita!

Here's the caption for that Sol team photo:

Back row: Manya Makoski, Camille Abily, Karina LeBlanc, Allison Falk, Stephanie Cox, Marta

Front Row: Han Duan, Aya Miyama, Kendall Fletcher, Shannon Boxx, Brittany Bock
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May 16, 2009

For the first few weeks of Women’s Professional Soccer, all of the seven teams were trying to find their own identities. Along the way, they’ve played some soccer. And now eight weeks in, every team has a win. Every team has a loss. At the end of the day, they can all score goals. And they can all post clean sheets. It’s finally a level playing field.

NOT MUCH SEPARATION

So when the season started out, the Los Angeles Sol was the dominant team. No question. But now, the seven teams are separated by only a handful of points. Prior to Friday night’s match, Los Angeles had 11 points, while the bottom three teams had five points. The league is up for grabs. And with month two half way over… this weekend could be when the weak get separated from the pack. But definitely in the next month – we’ll find out which teams are true contenders.

DOUBLE DIGITS

Only two WPS teams have double digits in the points category going into this weekend’s games. Los Angeles had 11 points, while the Boston Breakers have 10. A win for either the Chicago Red Stars or FC Gold Pride will allow the team to enter the double-digit club. Right now Chicago has eight points, while FC Gold Pride has seven.

SLOW SCORING

After two weeks of lots o’ goals… 21 in six games, the scoring has slowed down this past weekend, with just three goals. And that’s fine. More importantly the dominant teams are slowing down. And the sleepers are sneaking in there. Sky Blue FC and Saint Louis Athletica are scoring goals, which helps everyone in the long run.

CHANGE IN PLANS

While the WPS teams were worried about being without some key players for a while, things have changed a bit. The U.S. Women will still report to camp. Only they’ll play in one friendly against Canada in Toronto May 25th, instead of two against Japan in different U.S. cities. So while the top players will still be gone… they won’t be traveling crazily across the country.

LOOK OUT FOR MCLEOD

The Washington Freedom has been one of the strongest teams in the league – offensively. They’ve dominated opponents, tallying the most goals of any WPS team with nine. But defensively, they’ve been sorting things out. Goalkeepers Briana Scurry and Katie Jo Spisak have each struggled in goal, allowing six goals a piece for a total of 12. Opponents have only sent 32 shots on goal, and 12 of them have sailed into the net. Erin McLeod* is finally with the club. Expect her to receive some playing time soon. And if she does, she may help the Freedom climb from the bottom of the league to the top.
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Foreign flair adds substance to pro women's soccer in U.S.
by Beau Dure, USA TODAY
[date not stated, but assumed to be June 12, 2009 based on the URL]
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U.S. soccer has a pro women's league again, but the players making the biggest impact so far aren't from the USA.

The six top goal-scorers, three of the top four players on the assists list and two of the top three goalkeepers are from other countries. The only U.S. national team player ranked among league leaders is goalkeeper Hope Solo.

On penalty kicks, foreign players are 3-for-3. U.S. players? 0-for-4.

Yet Women's Professional Soccer, on top of meeting most of its business objectives despite launching in a recession, is taking pride in developing U.S. players, expanding the talent pool and giving more players quality opposition each week.

"If anybody thinks that our U.S. national team players haven't improved from playing with these players already, they're crazy," says Los Angeles Sol general manager Charlie Naimo, who saw improvement in the USA's 4-0 win against Canada on May 25. "It was the most attractive performance from a U.S. national team group in years."

That win included a couple of players who haven't been U.S. regulars but have stood out in WPS. Chicago Red Stars midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored a goal, Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet started in defense and Los Angeles Sol rookie Brittany Bock was on the bench.

U.S. players also are getting more of an opportunity to learn and practice the possession game favored by U.S. national coach Pia Sundhage.

"It's very clear that (Sundhage) wants the ball on the ground," WPS chief operating officer Mary Harvey says. "You see WPS teams playing that. You've got seven (coaches) with slightly different attacking styles, (but) you don't really have long-ball teams."

International players might have an easier time adapting to those styles, says Naimo, whose team features WPS scoring leader Camille Abily (France), top goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (Canada) and three-time world player of the year Marta (Brazil).

"The U.S. national players didn't have a league, so they were getting coached one way (on the national team)," Naimo says. "International players had the privilege of their league and their national team, so they were playing for a couple of different coaches."

And since the WUSA ceased operations in 2003, the talent pool has grown overseas. Harvey, who worked for international organizer FIFA in Zurich before joining WPS, cites the growth in international youth tournaments, giving players more experience before joining the senior national teams.

"The standard of the player is above what it was in the WUSA, and that's saying a lot, because I thought we had some really great players," says U.S. veteran Brandi Chastain, now playing for the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride. "This league from top to bottom, No. 1 to No. 22 (on each roster), the players are outstanding."

Harvey recalls taking retired German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg to a Sol-Gold Pride game in which backup goalies Val Henderson (Sol) and Allison Whitworth (Gold Pride) were pressed into service.

"She saw those two players play and said, 'Those are the backups?' " Harvey says.
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If anybody cares, Sky Blue FC (based in Somerset, New Jersey) won the 2009 championship last August, defeating the Los Angeles Sol 1-0 in the championship final.

The Sol have now folded, and a dispersion draft was held a couple of days ago to allocate their players to other teams. FIFA World Player of the Year Marta was picked third in the draft, behind Shannon Boxx of the USA and Karina LeBlanc of Canada.

Two new teams have joined the league for the 2010 season - Atlanta and Philadelphia - so there are now 8 teams. The season starts April 10.
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In its Inaugural Season, WPS averaged over 4,600 fans per game, created 200 jobs for players and coaches on the field, and another 100 front office jobs for league and team staff. The 2009 WPS Championship was won in dramatic fashion by New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC which concluded a last-to-first climb through the regular and post-season by sweeping all three games in the 2009 WPS Playoffs en route to the league title. WPS Kick-Off Week 2010 begins April 10-11 with the addition of two expansion franchises (Atlanta Beat, Philadelphia Independence), eight total teams and four WPS games played over one weekend for the first time.

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The WPS Final between FC Gold Pride (featuring Marta) and Philadelphia Independence is going to be in my area tomorrow morning so I'm gonna check it out, take some photos, see what's what with WPS. Looks to be surviving here in the States. The talent is certainly there, but attendance and operating costs are the biggest factors. Still, they are putting an 8th franchise in Western New York for next year.

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In 2011, WPS will feature a six-team league playing 18 games each from April through August for the chance to qualify for the WPS Playoffs. The top team in the regular season will earn the right to host the WPS Championship as the top seed on August 27-28. The six teams include Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence, Sky Blue FC (New Jersey), Washington Freedom, and Western New York Flash.

2011 WPS Schedule

(matches televised on Fox Soccer Channel in the USA are indicated "FSC")

Saturday, April 9
Atlanta Beat v. Boston Breakers (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 7:00PM

Sunday, April 10
Sky Blue FC v. Philadelphia Independence (Yurcak Field) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Saturday, April 16
Atlanta Beat v. Sky Blue FC (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 7:00PM
Philadelphia Independence v. Washington Freedom (Widener Univ.) - 7:00PM

Sunday, April 17
Boston Breakers v. Western New York Flash (Harvard University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Saturday, April 23
Washington Freedom v. Boston Breakers (TBA) - 7:00PM

Sunday, April 24
Atlanta Beat v. Western New York Flash (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Sunday, May 1
Western New York Flash v. Atlanta Beat (Sahlen's Stadium) - 4:00PM
Washington Freedom v. Philadelphia Independence (TBA) - 4:00PM
Boston Breakers v. Sky Blue FC (Harvard University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Friday, May 6
Western New York Flash v. Sky Blue FC (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 7:30PM

Sunday, May 8
Washington Freedom v. Atlanta Beat (TBA) - 4:00PM
Philadelphia Independence v. Boston Breakers (Widener University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Friday, May 13
Western New York Flash v. Boston Breakers (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 7:30PM

Sunday, May 15
Atlanta Beat v. Philadelphia Independence (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Saturday, May 21
Sky Blue FC v. Atlanta Beat (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM

Sunday, May 22
Boston Breakers v. Philadelphia Independence (Harvard University) - 4:00PM
Western New York Flash v. Washington Freedom (Sahlen’s Stadium) - TBA (FSC)

Saturday, May 28
Washington Freedom v. Atlanta Beat (TBA) - 7:00PM
Sky Blue FC v. Boston Breakers (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM

Sunday, May 29
Philadelphia Independence v. Western New York Flash (Widener Univ.) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Friday, June 3
Western New York Flash v. Sky Blue FC (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 7:30PM

Saturday, June 4
Philadelphia Independence v. Atlanta Beat (Widener Univ) - 7:00PM

Sunday, June 5
Boston Breakers v. Washington Freedom (Harvard University) - TBA (FSC)

Saturday, June 11
Atlanta Beat v. Washington Freedom (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 6:00PM

Sunday, June 12
Sky Blue FC v. Boston Breakers (Yurcak Field) - 4:00PM
Western New York Flash v. Philadelphia Independence (Sahlen’s Stadium) - TBA (FSC)

Saturday, June 18
Philadelphia Independence v. Washington Freedom (Widener Univ.) - 7:00PM

Sunday, June 19
Atlanta Beat v. Boston Breakers (KSU Soccer Stadium) - TBA (FSC)

Wednesday, June 22
Sky Blue FC v. Atlanta Beat (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM

Wednesday, July 6
Philadelphia Independence v. Sky Blue FC (Widener University) - 7:00PM

Saturday, July 9
Philadelphia Independence v. Western New York Flash (Widener University) - 7:00PM
Sky Blue FC v. Washington Freedom (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM

Sunday, July 10
Boston Breakers v. Atlanta Beat (Harvard University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Saturday, July 16
Atlanta Beat v. Philadelphia Independence (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 7:00PM

Sunday, July 17
Sky Blue FC v. Western New York Flash (Yurcak Field) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Wednesday, July 20
Western New York Flash v. Washington Freedom (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 7:30PM

Saturday, July 23
Sky Blue FC v. Philadelphia Independence (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM
Atlanta Beat v. Washington Freedom (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 7:00PM

Sunday, July 24
Boston Breakers v. Western New York Flash (Harvard University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Wednesday, July 27
Boston Breakers v. Philadelphia Independence (Harvard University) - 7:00PM
Washington Freedom v. Sky Blue FC (TBA) - 7:00PM

Saturday, July 30
Sky Blue FC v. Western New York Flash (Yurcak Field) - 7:00PM
Washington Freedom v. Boston Breakers (TBA) - 7:00PM

Sunday, July 31
Philadelphia Independence v. Atlanta Beat (Widener University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Wednesday, August 3
Western New York Flash v. Boston Breakers (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 7:30PM
Washington Freedom v. Sky Blue FC (TBA) - 7:00PM

Saturday, August 6
Atlanta Beat v. Western New York Flash (KSU Soccer Stadium) - 7:00PM
Boston Breakers v. Washington Freedom (Harvard University) - 7:00PM

Sunday, August 7
Philadelphia Independence v. Sky Blue FC (Widener University) - 6:00PM (FSC)

Wednesday, August 10
Washington Freedom v. Western New York Flash (TBA) - 7:00PM

Sunday, August 14
Washington Freedom v. Philadelphia Independence (TBA) - 4:00PM
Boston Breakers v. Sky Blue FC (Harvard University) - 4:00PM
Western New York Flash v. Atlanta Beat (Sahlen’s Stadium) - 6:00PM (FSC)

[My team is Western New York Flash, starring Christine Sinclair]
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The Women's Professional Soccer championship match will be contested in Rochester, N.Y., as the Philadelphia Independence come to Sahlen Stadium [Saturday August 27] to take on the Western New York Flash. The game will feature some of the best women's soccer players in the world, regardless of nationality.

Here's a look at the top five women's players in the league for the 2011 season.

Marta

Brazil's Marta had an electrifying goal in the quarterfinal match against the United States in the 2011 Women's World Cup. Only a miracle goal by Abby Wambach negated the Brazilian star's effort. In the WPS, Marta is in a class by herself in terms of flashy play and making sure her team wins. She led the league in goals with 10 tallies. She also has five assists on the year as Marta leads her team [Flash] to the championship game.

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is a Canadian national who is Marta's teammate. She might actually be a better all-around player than Marta as she netted 10 goals but also leads the WPS in assists with 8. Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading goal scorer and played in three World Cup tournaments. She won a WPS title last year in addition to winning NCAA titles at the University of Portland.

Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach's magicJack team lost in the 2011 semifinals to Phildadelphia. To cap her amazing year, she finished tied for third in the league with nine goals, just one behind Marta and Sinclair. Clearly, Wambach would have loved to get a WPS title this year but I'm sure she wouldn't trade her season for anything.

Tasha Kai

Tasha Kai is perhaps the best women's player in the WPS that no one has heard of. She was a part of the 2007 World Cup team for the United States. She also plays for Philadelphia and netted nine goals for her team to lead them to playoff glory. Kai originally hails from Hawaii.

Veronica Boquete

Veronica Boquete hails from Santiago, Spain. She's small, even for a soccer player at just 5'3". Yet she has been a steadying force on the Philadelphia Independence all season long. With five goals and four assists, the Spaniard was named the Michelle Akers Player of the Year because of her four game-winning shots this season that made a difference for her team.

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Is magicJack like a dream team, Jeff? I think they have Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, etc.

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I guess they are. They have several U.S. national team players, as you note, plus Canadian nationals Karina LeBlanc and Sophie Schmidt and Aussie star Lisa De Vanna.

But they only won half their league games and placed a distant third in the standings.

I like Western New York Flash, with Brazilians Marta and Maurine plus Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman of Canada. Also Gemma Davison, former Arsenal striker and English international, and Sweden's veteran midfielder Caroline Seger. My money's on them to win the championship tomorrow.
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Flash won as I predicted, albeit on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.

The Flash scored first - an all-Canadian goal, with Candace Chapman lofting the ball forward to striker Christine Sinclair who put it in the net.

The Flash roster included seven players who won the WPS Championship last year with the now-defunct FC Gold Pride: Marta, Sinclair, Chapman, Ali Riley, Becky Edwards, Kandace Wilson, and backup goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.
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I guess they are. They have several U.S. national team players, as you note, plus Canadian nationals Karina LeBlanc and Sophie Schmidt and Aussie star Lisa De Vanna.

But they only won half their league games and placed a distant third in the standings.

I like Western New York Flash, with Brazilians Marta and Maurine plus Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman of Canada. Also Gemma Davison, former Arsenal striker and English international, and Sweden's veteran midfielder Caroline Seger. My money's on them to win the championship tomorrow.
on the information Jeff.

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