Tag Archives: Women’s Professional Soccer

WPS’s tough times spell trouble for future of women’s game

By Melissa Turtinen

It was announced on Monday that the Women’s Professional Soccer league would suspend its 2012 season due to a legal battle with the former owner of magicJack, Dan Borislow. The Board of Governors said it hopes to bring the league back in 2013. After struggling for three seasons it seems unlikely that the league will be successful following a season-long hiatus.

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magicJack has closed shop: WPS needs to get back on track

Despite having the likes of Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe on the magicJack roster, Dan Borislow, the team's owner, found a way to alienate hiomself and the team from WPS, which resulted in the team's recent breakdown. (Courtesy Ji Young Kim Flickr.)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Life for Women’s Professional Soccer hasn’t been easy since its inception in 2007. The league continues to teeter on the brink of extinction. Attendance and national media coverage are slim. And most troubling of all has been the league’s inability to keep teams in the league for one reason or another.

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USWNT make a positive impact on the game at home

By Melissa Turtinen

The success of a team always draws in supporters, no matter the sport. Call them bandwagon fans or fair-weather fans, but it doesn’t matter, teams need those fans and the fans need wins to keep them watching.

The success of the United States Women’s National Team is getting fans to enjoy the sport of soccer, but not just that, women’s sports. It’s about time.

Women’s sports haven’t got the attention that men’s sports have. Teams and players don’t make as much money as their male counterpart because their leagues lack the large fan base the established male leagues enjoy. But Sunday change that.

The U.S.’s win over Brazil showed people what female athletes are capable of. It showed that although women may not play the game the same way, they’re still tough, they play with heart and they can put on one heck of an entertaining match.

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Heather O'Reilly Talks WPS and World Cup

Heather O'Reilly has won at every level. She was part of the Sky Blue FC's 2009 Championship team in the WPS's innagrual season. (Courtesy Sky Blue FC/David Todd)

By Kevin Koczwara

Heather O’Reilly started playing for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team while still in high school in East Brunswick, New Jersey. O’Reilly was asked by the national team coach April Hendricks to suit up for the match against Sweden in the Algrave Cup on March 1, 2002 despite being only 17 years old and still in high school. The forward hasn’t looked back since, making over 1oo appearances.

O’Reilly played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, she was the youngest member of the team, winning a gold medal. She scored a crucial, game-winning overtime goal for the USWNT in the semi-finals match with Germany, which the U.S. won, 2-1. She would go on to be a vital member of the gold medal winning team in 2008 in Beijing, China.

The North Carolina Tar Heels retired O’Reilly’s number 20 jersey in 2008 after she graduated from the university with a degree in education and earning numerous awards for her play on two NCAA Division 1 Women’s soccer teams. She was named Offensive MVP of the NCAA Tournament twice and won the prestigious NCAA Honda-Broderick award for the best female college athlete as a senior – she was nominated three previous times.

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Yael Averbuch of the WPS Interview

Courtesy WomensProSoccer.com

By Chris Wimmer

In January of 2010 at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, I attended the “women in soccer breakfast.” I had the chance to hear an important and impressive speech by Yael Averbuch of Women’s Professional Soccer’s Sky Blue FC anda member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Averbuch spoke about about the importance of focusing on the journey of success rather than the end result.

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