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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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Bill Littlefield: An Interview with the host of Only a Game

Bill Littlefield is the host of WBUR's Only A Game, a weekly sports radio show. (Courtesy WBUR.org)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Bill LiIttlefield has been talking sports on his weekly radio show Only a Game on WBUR and NPR since 1993. Since Only a Game’s inception, Littlefield and his team of producers/reporters have brought a special perspective to sports and sports news and commentary.

Only a Game doesn’t take the easy way out. It doesn’t report on the easy or hot-button stories every week. Instead, Littlefield and company work at finding different angles to over reported and over hyped stories, to finding gems hidden beneath the footprints other journalists leave while forgetting the value of digging deeper and seeing stories in another light. Only a Gamei’s a radio program dedicated to exploring and discovering.

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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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Carli Lloyd Talks WPS and The World Cup

Carli Llyod put the soccer world on notice at the 2008 Olympics when she scored the game winning goal in extra time of the gold medal game against Brazil. Courtesy Sky Blue FC/Howard C. Smith - ISI Photos

By Kevin Koczwara

Carli Lloyd holds down the midfield for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team [USWNT]. Her presence in the midfield for the U.S. has been a major part of the team’s success over the past few years.

Lloyd played all 600 minutes of the 2008 Olympics for the USWNT in Beijing and scored the game winning goal of the gold medal game against Brazil from 18 yards out with her left foot in extra time. Her goal clinched the U.S. the gold medal. After the goal and the gold medal, Lloyd was named U.S. Female Soccer Player of the Year.

Lloyd played for Rutgers College in her home state of New Jersey for her four collegiate years and left the school as its all team leader in points with 117 assists and 50 goals, impressive numbers.

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What The Soccer guys Are Reading — Sept. 14, 2010

Ajax midfielder Evander Sno suffered a a heart attck during Ajax's reserve match on Tuesday night. Courtesy CrazyPhunk

Telegraph — German Bundesliga academies provide valuable lessons for Premier League — by Jeremy Wilson

Champions League soccer kicks off today, and a few of England’s top teams will be facing German opponents in the group stage of the tournament, and they will see just how good the Bundesliga youth academies are. Germany’s national team finished third at this year’s World Cup thanks to their up-and-coming talent that has percolated through the German leagues youth ranks. Clubs have been forced to pump money into their academies since 2000 and the results have been positive for both the league and the national team. With teams able to spend less on big-name transfers and focus their money on their academies the clubs have been making yearly profits while developing the next wave great German players. Maybe some other leagues around the world should take notice.

NJ.com — Giase: Sky Blue president Hofstetter hopes to see Women’s Professional Soccer grow healthier, despite departures —  by Frank Giase/The Star-Ledger

The Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPS) has almost finished two seasons — only the playoffs remain– and over the course of those seasons a lot has changed, but the league keeps cutting its losses and making progress. 2009 regular season champions the Los Angeles Sol folded after last season, but the league went on and is even trying to expand with a team maybe in Dallas or a rebirth of the Sol. As this season comes to a close the league is trying to stick together and weather the tough financial times at hand and resolve some of the issues that players have expressed.

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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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