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Breakers To Retire Osborne’s #12

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Former Breakers midfielder Leslie Osborne will have her no. 12 retired by the club during halftime of its May 22 match against Sky Blue FC at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Osborne played in 51 games for the Breakers from 2010-12, and served as club captain in each of her three season in Boston.

Talking With Joanna Lohman, Part II

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In the conclusion of our interview with former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Joanna Lohman, we discuss the new women's soccer league and her organization JoLi Academy.

3rd Time's a Charm, right?

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So the last time they tried this... Okay, the last two times they tried this... Okay, the last, well, you get the idea, but after two previous failed attempts at getting women's soccer off the ground here, USSoccer is giving it another go. The first time we saw this was in the wake of the USWNT winning a world cup.

Former Washington Freedom Star, Abby Wambach Previews Gold Medal Game against Japan

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In two seasons with the Washington Freedom (2002-2003/WUSA & 2009-2010/WPS) Abby Wambach not only played along side the most famous U.S. Soccer player ever - Mia Hamm, she also won a league championship and was named MVP. Wambach scored 44 goals and added 30 assists while playing for the Freedom franchise and was by far a fan favorite at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Experience for youth, East race tightens, more news

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If the Villa friendly was a night for the Union youth, how's they do? Jordan and McLaughlin on loan to Harrisburg for rest of USL PRO season. Mid-week Eastern Conference matches tighten up the table. More news.

Question of the Week: Does Women’s Soccer Have a Fan Problem?

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Over the past week, a debate has sprouted over sports fandom. On Thursday, a Twitter firestorm raged over the writers/founders of the website While The Men Watch being invited to offer commentary on CBC during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with most commenting focusing on their lack of serious supportership of hockey or sports in general.

Recaps, quotes, reaction to Dallas draw, more

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Recaps from Saturday's draw in Dallas from PSP (we were there!), MLSsoccer.com, the Union website, The Inquirer, Philly Soccer News, Sports Network, Goal.com,

In this postgame quote sheet, Peter Nowak says,

  • "We talked about how we are going to start the game and we wanted to continue to play how we did against New York, but they got the goal in the seventh minute which basically cuts you off immediately.


First women’s soccer team in Philly, 1922

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Women's soccer has come a long way. In Philadelphia in 1922, it came all the way from England.

The Lonely Position - NWSL, Pre-Season with the Washington Spirit

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By Lloyd Yaxley

So here we are 3rd time lucky with the formation of a new women's professional league in America. In previous years there was the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association) this league lasting under two years.

Next was the WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) this league lasting three seasons.

National women's Soccer League (NWSL) set for Spring 2013 start

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CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2012) - The new eight-team women's soccer league will be called the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The league, which will be administered by U.S. Soccer, will begin in the spring of 2013.
The new league logo is appropriately red, white and blue and features the silhouette of a female soccer player about to strike a shot.

WPS Folds After 3 Year Stint and Lots of Problems

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The WPS Officially announced on Friday they have played their last game and the league has folded. The league had been rumored to be in trouble for the past two years after several teams folded in 2011. It's the second professional women's soccer league to fold. The WUSA ran from 2000-2003 before folding.

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PSP’s Best of 2012 Awards

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Here is the Best of 2012, as voted by the PSP crew.

Pfeffer with goal & assist for US U-18s, more news

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Zach Pfeffer with a goal and assist in US U-18 draw with Canada. Three Swarthmore College students among those injured in last week's attack on Spurs fans in Rome. Skepticism about new women's league. More news.

Post-Thanksgiving news links

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Some news links to read with your post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.

Califf: “They were looking to get rid of me”

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At Wednesday's press conference in which Peter Nowak announced that a deal was in place to trade Danny Califf, the spin was that the former Union captain was ready to go "home" to Southern California. Kerith Gabriel reports Califf's reaction when listening to the press conference was, "It made me want to throw up.

“Pretty gutted at the moment.” WPS kaput? More.

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Check out PSP's match report, which also contains a number of illuminating quotes from the coaches and players.

John Hackworth said after the game, "It was really tough loss to lose a game like that in injury time after fighting so hard to come back and equalizing.

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Dan Borislow's MagicWack

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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?

The End of the WPS

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On March 29, 2009 the WPS kicked off its inaugural season with a nationally televised match-up at the Home Depot Center. Pitting the Los Angeles Sol against the Washington Freedom, the opening match featured Brazilian star Marta and U.S. National Team scorer Abby Wambach. At the time, this site was just over one month old and covering the birth of the league was a natural fit.

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Pro Women’s Soccer Returning?

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Just prior to the U.S. Women's National Team grabbing Gold at the Olympics, the Boston Breakers issued a press release announcing the formation of a new professional women's soccer league slated to begin play in the spring of 2013. The teams announced in the release are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, a newly formed team in Seattle, and New Jersey's Sky Blue FC, with four other teams finalizing their participation in the league.

With the WPS Gone, the W-League Picks up Slack

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Article by Luke Lohr

In the wake of the unsurprising yet still saddening news of Women's Professional Soccer folding, fans may wonder where young female talent is left to practice their craft. Where are they to go? The WPS was the second strong attempt to capitalize on a market that was seriously under exposed.

Women's Professional Soccer Folds, WPS Is No More

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Article by Leanne Elston
In disappointing but not altogether surprising news, Women's Professional Soccer announced today that after three seasons, it has folded. The league had already ceased operations for the 2012 season and had hoped to return in 2013, but the cancellation is now permanent.

Women’s Professional Soccer se suspende permanentemente

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Después de que ayer todo fuera felicidad por la gran final de Champions League femenina, hoy se hace del conocimiento público que Women's Professional Soccer, liga estadounidense considerada la mejor del mundo, cesa operaciones y se disuelve. Recordemos que después de haber quitado la franquicia de MagicJack, propiedad de Dan Borislow, una bomba estalló, sacando todos los problemas a relucir.

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has suspended operations permanently & is dissolving the league....

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Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has suspended operations permanently & is dissolving the league. A major setback for women's soccer.

Via @FOXSoccer.

I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing, or a setback. In fact I think it paves the way for the future which is something closer to what the Whitecaps and Sounders have as a women's team and what the Timbers have done with the Portland Rain.

WPS folds after three seasons

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It is a dark day for women's soccer in America. Women's Professional Soccer is no more.

WPS has stopped operations permanently and is dissolving after three seasons, the league announced on Friday.

"We sincerely regret having to take this course of action," said T.

WPS officially expires

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It was inevitable, but the news finally arrived: Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has permanently suspended operations. WPS also settled their suit against magicJack owner Dan Borislow, which is just as well. It's a sad day for women's professional sport in the USA, but crippling news for women's professional soccer in this country.

Looking Ahead to Life After WPS

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A few weeks ago, Becca4Kicks asked "Can we really replace Women's Professional Soccer?"

Since then, it appears that whether we like it or not, we're going to be looking for answers to that question.

As we wait for the inevitable press release to come from Women's Professional Soccer announcing the closing of the league, it's time for fans to finally accept this and start looking ahead to the future of professional women's soccer in the U.


Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 6

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In episode six of the Pitch Invasion podcast, hosts Peter Wilt and Tom Dunmore welcome Real Salt Lake president Bill Manning and Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler onto the show to discuss the business of American soccer.

The show is available to stream or download below and is also on iTunes or available via RSS.

Time To End The WPS Blame Game & Embrace A Sustainable Future For Women’s Pro Soccer

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Yesterday we were excited to have the opportunity post #GrowTheGame weekend to indulge in some of the open and genuine conversations that happen daily online. Logging on to #WPSChat which happens every Monday evening at 5pm PST we looked forward to what was no doubt going to be a passionate debate about the state of women's soccer and most importantly discussion on the inevitable end of the WPS.

Building the Fever

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Ask Philadelphia Fever head coach Stuart Gore what it's been like since he was named head coach of the Philadelphia Fever and his answer is quick and honest.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind."

Which is understandable when you realize that since being named coach of the new WPSL Elite team in early February, Gore and assistant coach Jamie Scott have been combining their regular work as coaches for Atlantic Soccer Factory with trying to build a competitive team from scratch, all of which means a lot of 18 hour days .

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Breakers Docked 3 Pts. For Ineligible Player

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The Women's Premier Soccer League announced on Monday that the Breakers have been forced to forfeit a May 26 victory due the team's use of an ineligible player.

The League ruled that the player who was not identified by the team or league participated in the Breakers' 3-2 win against the Western New York Flash.

Breakers Take 3-0 Win in Opener

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It was a debut to remember for the Boston Breakers, who claimed a 3-0 win over the ASA Chesapeake Charge in their first WPSL Elite contest on Thursday.

The Breakers, who played in WPS for three seasons before the league suspended operations in January, overwhelmed the Charge with a fast and furious display of firepower as Veronica Napoli, Jessica Luscinski and Katie Schoepfer all scoring inside of 20 minutes.

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USOC: U to host Rhinos, City Islanders advance

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The Union will host Rochester Rhinos in the third round of the US Open Cup this Tuesday after the USL PRO team defeated NPSL side Brooklyn Italians 3–0 in second round play. The Rhino's are the only non-MLS team to win the Cup since the start of MLS in 1996, defeating Colorado Rapids 2–0 for the championship in 1999.

Video Tuesday

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Tuesday is, for me, the week's most evil day most weeks. So why not liven it up with some choice cuts from MLS and further afield? - Will Parchman

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Tracking down the Philadelphia Independence

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As teams in the new National Women's Soccer League round out their rosters, we take a look at where former Philadelphia Independence players have landed.

New women’s pro league to take the field in March/April

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US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the new 8-team league will begin play in March/April. US Soccer will run the league's front office. The US Canadian, and Mexican federations will subsidize some player's salaries.

Sounders Women Face Whitecaps To Start Season

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This Sunday, at 4:00, in Coquitlam, the Sounders Women will kick their season off against their neighbors to the North. The rivalry between these two teams is not unlike the men's sides. There is certainly no love lost between these teams. Especially since Sydney Leroux signed with the Sounders, rather than her "home" team.

Touting "economically viable, sustainable model," USL set to debut women’s pro league

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Touting "economically viable, sustainable model," USL set to debut women's pro league

Charles Boehm reports for The Soccer Wire that the USL is set to put together a professional women's league, the "W-PRO" (homepage with a little animation).

This is obviously fantastic news for us Sounders fans, as Seattle has become home to seemingly half the U.

Sounders Women vs Seattle U Game Thread & Live Blog

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Monday's first preseason friendly was an unqualified success both on and off the field. If tonight's game is going to match it it's going to have a little more competition off the field, as it's also the home opener for the Mariners. But people are already filing in an hour before and it looks to me like if tonight doesn't match Monday's crowd, it'll be close.

Marta re-introduces herself to Sweden with a creative backheel

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The decision to suspend the 2012 WPS season drove Marta to join Tyreso in Sweden's Damallsvenskan in February. Marta scored 111 goals in 103 matches with Umea before moving to America, so the Swedes are already very familiar with her talents, but, as you might've guessed, she's wasted no time in giving them another glimpse of her brilliance.

Can we really replace Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)?

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the W-League and the WPLS taking the place of the WPS in the United States. Some are even saying that the WPLS Elite League will be hard for teams to leave if the WPS returns. While I am supportive of the Elite League (and recognize it is growing and just in early stages), and thankful that both leagues have provided our players with a place to play the game they love, I'm hesitant to think that these leagues stand any chance in providing the opportunities that the WPS can.