ESPN magazine breaks a story that's messier than anyone could have imagined:
"According to some of the players present, Borislow leaned into one woman and asked about her roommate: 'Which one of you is the giver and which one is the receiver?' he blurted out. Then he turned to another player and asked, 'Why have you never had a sexual relationship with a woman?
Those looking for hopeful news about women's professional soccer in the US may have been
heartened by the announcement on Thursday that Western New York Flash and Boston Breakers had
officially committed to participate in the Women's Premier Soccer League's new Elite Division. As
PSP wrote last Wednesday, WPSL president Jerry Zanelli had extended an offer to WPS teams to join
the new league for the 2012 season so that players could maintain fitness and form while WPS worked
on the business of re-launching the league in 2013.
Readers should know already that the WPS suspended the league for this upcoming season. (Some
reports on the decision: Sports Illustrated/Associated Press; All White Kit; The Guardian.)
To say that the league has struggled would be an understatement. It's been plagued by the usual
headaches of a nascent sports league - mismanagement, outsized ambition, financial troubles,
finicky owners, fickle fans, crap media.
Before last week's announcement of the cancellation of the 2012 WPS season, it was widely
reported that the league and magicJack owner Dan Borislow had reached an agreement to settle their
ongoing legal battles that would involve his team playing a series of exhibition games against WPS
While those reports made clear that any settlement was contingent upon the approval of US
Soccer, it appears now that US Soccer and FIFA rules would have prohibited any exhibition games
involving non-league magicJack playing WPS teams.
This report from a player who went from starter to bench fodder after standing up to the owner
of magicJack is a must read if care even a tiny bit about women's soccer. WPS is not blameless,
they invited that owner into their nest, but the reasons they want him out come clearer every
In the wake of decision to suspend the 2012 WPS season, theÂ Boston Breakers announced that they
exploring "otherÂ options"Â Â for fielding a team this year.
On Monday, the team issued a statement on its home page that while the organization remains
committed to restarting WPS, they would not rule out the possibility of entering the team into the
Women's Premier Soccer League of the USL-sponsored W-League for 2012.
Dan Borislaw hijacking the magic out of women's professional soccer
What a blow to women's soccer after that magnificent exposition by the US national team at the
CONCACAF Olympics qualifiers. The WPS has decided to cancel the 2012 season after running into a
retaliatory lawsuit bought by the former owner of the magicJack, Dan Borislow.
Virginia Online Soccer News reached out to Dan Borislow, owner of the
magicJack team that has been battling with the WPS since he purchased the former Washington Freedom
club. Borislow is currently taking a lot of blame via social media outlets concerning his perceived
role in today's announcement by the WPS that it will suspend the 2012 season.
Mere hours after the US Women reaffirm their dominance in the CONCACAF Olympics Qualifying
tournament, WPS has announced the cancellation of their 2012 season.
This is not entirely surprising considering the well publicized struggles with the owners of
MagicJack reducing the league to only 5 teams (FIFA guidelines specify a minimum of 8 teams to be
considered a league).
Imagine a bad breakup with someone you shouldn't have hooked up with in the first place, someone
who seemed perfect for you but who belittled you to your friends, was a slob, didn't pay their half
of the rent and utilities and criticized your sexual performance. Now imagine having to have that
person spend one weekend a month at your house for the next two years.
CHICAGO -- Former Eclipse Select Soccer Club player and coach Leslie Osborne was one of many
Women's Professional Soccer players waiting to hear about the league's future this week. And for
the past several months, Osborne's WPS franchise, the Boston Breakers, has been trying to secure
additional ownership after majority owner Gary Loveman put his share of the organization on the
Women's Professional Soccer is awaiting a decision from the US Soccer Federation regarding its
future as a USSF sanctioned league. WPS now consists of five teams after the league terminated its
relationship with magicJack and its controversial owner Dan Borislow. Â Borislow is currently
engaged in litigation with WPS.
US Soccer has given Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) until Monday to find a sixth team. You may
recall that the league's Board of Governors recently voted to expel Dan Borislow's Boca Raton-based
magicJack from the league. The relationship between Borislow and WPS has been fairly
roller-coaster-esque from the start.
Lest I leave the impression that the only people writing about WPS are those who are no longer
with the league, Jenna Pel did an excellent interview a couple weeks ago with the new WPS CEO
Jennifer O'Sullivan and Philadelphia Independence owner David Halstead. Some passages, though, are
already past their sell-by date:
Halstead: I'll say it from an owner's standpoint and a non-lawyer's
standpoint, we believe that we're excited to move forward with six teams and Dan [Borislow, former
owner of the new defunct Boca Raton Magicjack] has that passion and common purpose that I talked
about a couple of minutes ago.
With the news just released today that the WPS has officially terminated the former Washington
Freedom franchise now known as magicJack is their now a glimmer of hope for fans in the D.C. area
that a return of the Freedom may be in the making?
Dan Borislow did respond to the Washington Post about the termination of his team: Read
his response here WPS Press Release:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 26, 2011) â€“ After careful consideration, the Board of Governors of
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) voted on Tuesday to terminate the Boca Raton based magicJack
Nike has released a t-shirt in tribute to the famous bleached blonde locks of standout magicJack
and United States Women's National Soccer team midfielder Megan Rapinoe. The 100% cotton shirt
features a yellow silhouette of the hairstyle worn by Rapinoe during this past summer's 2011 FIFA
Women's World Cup and a small Nike swoosh on [.
This is Part II and the conclusion of Maura Gladys's take on the USWNT as the dust
begins to settle in 2011.
What will the USWNT's Golden Moment breed?
For fans of the 2011 U.S. Women's National team, talk of destiny and fate that clouded heads has
faded, the pain of losing has healed, and some distance and perspective has been gained on this
For the second consecutive season, the Independence were defeated in the WPS Final. Last year,
Philadelphia was humbled to the tune of 4-0 in a loss to FC Gold Pride. This year's game played out
much differently with the IndependenceÂ executingÂ their game plan almost perfectly and only really
failing to convert the chances they created.
After shaking off a right leg injury, first year Independence midfielder Sinead Farrelly put
in her best performance of the season in the WPS Super Semifinal. Having gotten the best of
magicJack and US National Team member Megan Rapinoe, the no. 2 pick in the 2011 WPS Draft has her
sights set on claiming the league title in her first season.
"We talk about the back four, we talk about the forward line, Vero, but nobody's mentioned
Buczkowski. She must have picked off a hundred balls and I think that's a credit to [her]. She's
theÂ unheraldedÂ hero. No one talks about her. But she's the one that's on the team sheet first
If you noticed like I did a pint sized player who took over midfield for the Philadelphia
Independence in Sunday's semi-final against the MagicJack and wondered idly, "She is something
special", don't go into the scouting business just yet.
Veronica Boquete is already out there and is the WPS player of the year because she is
The Independence defeated magicJack 2-0 in the WPS Super Semi Final at PPL Park on Saturday
afternoon. Goals from Tasha Kai and Amy Rodriguez were enough to see the Independence through as
magicJack will feel a bit unlucky after hitting the wood work three times over the course of the
South Florida's WPS team MagicJack advanced to the next phase of the playoffs with a 3 to 1 win
over the Boston Breakers. MagicJack will now face the Philadelphia Independence this coming
Saturday August 20 at 4 pm. You can watch that game live on Fox Soccer channel or online.
MagicJack goals were scored by Abby Wambach at the 6' and later in the 57' off of a penalty with
Megan Rapinoe scoring off of a Christen Press pass in the 61'.
The Champions League pits champions against champions in group stages. HOW DARE THEY!!!??? But
seriously, lots of Real Madrid fans clenched and shook many a fist after last Thursday's Champions
League draw. Why? Because we got suck in a group with English Premier League champions Manchester
City. The same Manchester City that did not advance out of the group stages last year.
Four months after it suspended the 2012 season, Women's Professional Soccer announced that it
had ceased operations on Friday.
The league, which began play in 2009, saw a number of teams fold in its three seasons. But after
poor attendance and litigation related to the Dan Borislow/magicJack dispute put the league further
in the red, there appeared little else the league could do to revive itself.
Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press (magicJack) was named Rookie of the Year, while Rolling
Hills Estates Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash) received the Defender of the Year honor in
Women's Professional Soccer.
Engen, 24, led the regular season champions to a 13-2-2 record and missed just one game (while
on national team duty) all season; Press, the reigning 2010 MAC Hermann trophy winner out of
Stanford, scored eight goals for magicJack - almost one-third of the team's total - and just two
behind former LA Sol striker Marta, who took the Golden Boot Award despite playing in just 14
Today US Soccer announced the roster for the women's team when they visit KC to take on Canada on
September 17th at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The roster contains all 21 players from the USA's run
to the World Cup final this year in Germany. It'll be a nice doubleheader for those wanting to go
out on that Saturday as following the US game they'll be showing the Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake
Women's soccer leads the way this week on the KYW Philly Soccer Show when KYW's Greg
Orlandini is joined by Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch and PSPâ€˜s Philadelphia
Independence beat writer Mike Servedio.
The Independence heads to Rochester, NY to face the Western New York Flash for the WPS crown on
Saturday, August 27 (4pm, CSN).
Over 500 athletes will represent the United States at London 2012, and there are sure to be more
than a few glasses raised in New York, in particular, as the Empire State is responsible for no
less than 37 of them.
Among them will be five-time U.S Soccer Athlete of the Year, and Olympics 2012 athletics betting
favourite, Abby Wambach, who has been chosen to carry the national flag at the opening
U.S. WNT defender Ali Krieger played the full 90 minutes in FFC Frankfurt's 3-0 victory over Paris
Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 for the UEFA Women's Champions League this morning and now takes a
commanding lead back to France for the second leg on Nov. 9, so Krieger will be a bit delayed
coming into training camp in Arizona.
Join PSP for live commentary as the Philadelphia Union travel to Columbus Crew to battle for the
top position in the MLS Eastern Conference. Adam Cann will be your host, joined by Eli
Pearlman-Storch and Mike Servedio (as soon as they get back from covering the Philadelphia
Independence in the WPS Super Semifinal against magicJack at PPL Park).