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« on: October 14, 2008, 01:00:53 PM »
Los Angeles names Rogers as first coach
Monday, September 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15, 2008) - Abner Rogers has been selected to become head coach of the Los Angeles franchise in the new Women’s Professional Soccer league set to debut in April, 2009 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California it was announced by Rudi Bianchi, Managing Partner of the new franchise which is also owned by AEG.

Abner Rogers, who has been named head coach of the Los Angeles WPS team, previously guided Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse to national prominence.A nationally respected coach, the London-born Rogers has served as the President and Director of Coaching at the Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse since 2001, which has been ranked as a top 20 girls club in the nation for four consecutive years.  Rogers can be attributed with creating the program philosophy, curriculum and guidelines, including coaches’ education, which has propelled the club into national prominence. Rogers has extensive experience directing college showcases for elite teams from the U.S., highlighting players from the ages of U15-U18 for recruiting purposes.  For his accomplishments at the youth level, Rogers has been awarded the California Youth Soccer Association, Coach of the Year honor, twice (1995 and 2005).

“I am very honored to be given this opportunity, and am proud to become the first head coach of Los Angeles’ own WPS franchise,” said Rogers.  “I am looking forward to getting to work, and assembling a team with some of the finest female players in the world.”

 “With the incredibly talented athletes now playing women’s soccer along with the popularity of the sport, especially in southern California, the time is clearly right to launch this league,” continued Rogers.  “My priority beginning today is to put together a team of quality athletes and quality people that our fans will be proud of and that will win.”

“We are thrilled to have Abner Rogers on board.  Paired with the best female players, Rogers will help to create a unique, entertaining and winning style of soccer for Southern California soccer fans,” said Rudi Bianchi, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Franchise.  “With his wealth of experience and professionalism, we know that he will also instill pride within the players and fans of our club.”

Rogers has helped and developed some of America’s top talent in leading the Eclipse, a club that he founded and led to National Championships in 2002 and 2005.  In addition to Rogers serving as the head coach of the United States Adult Soccer Association’s National Team (USASA). In this role, Rogers has coached international games against Mexico, Australia, and the USA, as well as several U20 national teams. Prior to his success with the Eclipse and the USASA team, Rogers was the Head Coach of the Region IV Women’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) team which won Gold medals at the US Soccer Festival in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

“As we prepare for the inaugural WPS season, our priority was to find an experienced, qualified individual who will bring a strong work ethic to the team, on and off the field, as well as creating an exciting, winning style of play that our fans will appreciate,” said Scott Hanley, Vice President, AEG Sports, investors in the franchise.  “We are pleased to have found these attributes in Abner, and look forward to launching a successful and exciting franchise for Los Angeles under his leadership.”

Rogers has guided 11 players to the professional ranks, 27 to Regional teams, 18 to National teams and 5 players to World Cup competition.

Rogers, who will step down as Director of Coaching of the Laguna Hills soccer club, will continue as its President.

Rogers will travel to New York for Tuesday’s (September 16) WPS Player Allocation event at which time three Women’s National Team members will be selected for the Los Angeles franchise.

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Re: Los Angeles
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 01:32:19 PM »
Allocated players excited to make their mark on LA
Thursday, September 18, 2008
by Dan Lauletta, womensprosoccer.com

(Sept. 18, 2008) -- Already home to two Major League Soccer franchises, The Home Depot Center, and of course David Beckham, Los Angeles could be considered the most ready-made market of the seven set to field WPS teams in 2009.  With Shannon Boxx and Aly Wagner allocated to the club on Tuesday, the new team can now boast a ready-made midfield.

Up-and-coming defender Stephanie Cox (she was Stephanie Lopez until getting married in December 2007) was also allocated to Los Angeles, giving the team a solid trio of Olympic gold medalists around which to build.

“I’m just thrilled about it,” said Cox, the youngest of the trio at 22.  “We’re all so different, but at the same time we play really well together.”

A midfield that includes Wagner and Boxx will afford Los Angeles head coach Abner Rogers many luxuries.  Wagner is a creative midfielder with exceptional ball skills and an uncanny ability to thread the needle to deliver the ball to her frontrunners.

“She has a special quality…and that is to play the final pass,” National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage said after naming Wagner as one of the final members of the Olympic squad.

Boxx is more of a physical presence who can dominate a game with stiff tackles from her defensive midfield post and just as quickly change the run of play with her offensive skills.

“Boxx is going to play hard every second of the game and she is such a ball winner,” Cox said.

Boxx and Wagner have known each other since they were youngsters playing in California, and Boxx hosted Wagner during a recruiting trip to Notre Dame (Wagner eventually chose Santa Clara.)  But Boxx’s career was forever changed by a WUSA trade in 2002 that sent her from San Diego to New York.  It was New York Power coach Tom Sermanni who requested Boxx as the centerpiece of a deal that would allow the San Diego Spirit to select first in the following year’s draft.  The player the Spirit wanted with the top pick was Aly Wagner.

“It’s kind of weird how that works sometimes,” Boxx said.

Boxx, who played and worked for Rogers on the California club circuit, credits Sermanni for giving her the confidence to take her game to the next level.

“After the trade I was really discouraged,” she said.  “He called me and he let me know that the trade wasn’t because San Diego didn’t want me.  It was because he did want me.  Most coaches had used me as a defensive midfielder.  Tom gave me every opportunity, as long as I was fit enough, to run up and down the field.”

The result was Boxx being named to the all-league team and later to the 2003 Women’s World Cup roster despite having never played with the full National Team to that point.  Five years later she is ready to help lead a new franchise in a new league—in the city closest to her hometown of Redondo Beach.

“L.A. is perfect,” Boxx said.  Her teammates Wagner and Cox are also from the West Coast although neither grew up as close to Los Angeles as Boxx.

“I’m really excited to be in L.A.,” Cox said.  “I got to meet some of the owners, the coach, the general manager, and it’s just really exciting and it’s a great community.”

Another lure of Los Angeles is a chance to play home matches at The Home Depot Center, which houses the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA and where the National Team trains when not on the road.

“The Home Depot Center was a great creation for soccer,” Boxx said.  “It is the home base for the National Team and it has been a great thing for me.”

With international and domestic drafts scheduled to take place over the next few weeks, Boxx, Wagner, and Cox will have a host of new teammates as they look to add a WPS championship to their respective trophy cases.  In the meantime they will try to soak in the excitement of being part of the first group of players to officially join the league.

“Everything’s been going so fast,” Cox said.  “It kind of came up fast with allocations.  The players are so excited about winning gold and then all of a sudden here we are.  I’m excited to kind of make my mark on things.”

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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008, 08:23:28 PM »
Charlie Naimo named General Manager of new L.A. Women's Professional Soccer franchise
Friday, October 03, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA- Charlie Naimo has been named General Manager of the Los Angeles franchise in the new Women's Professional Soccer league it was announced by Rudi Bianchi, Managing Partner of the team which is also owned by AEG.  The Los Angeles franchise will begin play in the league's inaugural season beginning in April, 2009 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Naimo spent the last four seasons in New Jersey (3 with the Wildcats and 1 with Jersey Sky Blue-both of the USL's W-League). In 2008, Charlie was named coach for the Pali Blues of the USL's W-League (the highest level of women's soccer in the US and Canada prior to the addition of the WPS), which won this year's W-League Championship.Most recently, Naimo spent the last four seasons as General Manager and, in 2008, coach  for the Pali Blues of the USL W-League (highest level of women's soccer in the US and Canada prior to the addition of WPS) which won this year's W-League Championship.  During this period, Naimo's teams have achieved a 67-3 regular season record.

"It is an honor to join the Los Angeles' franchise in the Women's Professional Soccer league as the team's General Manager,” said Naimo.  "I believe that combining my coaching experience, work ethic and desire to impact women's soccer with all the great players and resources we have assembled in Los Angeles will give us the ability to create a winning franchise from day one.”

Naimo was first a head coach in 1998 with the New Jersey Splash, receiving W-League Coach of the Year accolades in 1999. After a stop with the New Brunswick (NJ) Power, he took over a struggling New Jersey Wildcats club and orchestrated the reconstruction of the organization. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo compiled a 41-1 regular season record, leading the club to regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while winning the W-League championship in 2005. In 2005 the Wildcats were named the United Soccer League Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the FieldTurf W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.

"We are extremely happy to have Charlie on board in the capacity of a General Manager,” said Bianchi.  "Charlie has proven to have a tremendous work ethic, a great ability to identify talent and a history of bringing players from all over the world to teams that he has been a part of.  We know that he will help to deliver a great on-field product to our fans and will assist us in our dream of establishing an internationally renowned women's soccer club."

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Re: Los Angeles
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2008, 09:45:04 PM »
L.A. ready for WPS close-up
by Nick Green
7th October 2008

The Los Angeles entry in the new Women's Professional Soccer, scheduled to start play in April, has yet to announce its name or team colors.

But as of Monday, it finally has enough players - 12 - to field a team, assuming all the players either allocated or picked in the three drafts held so far sign contracts.

A total of 28 players were picked by the seven franchises today during a four-round general draft Separate drafts for top U.S. national team and international players were held previously.

All four L.A. picks were formerly with the W-League's New Jersey Wildcats, where Los Angeles general manager Charlie Naimo coached before he jumped this year to expansion W-League franchise Pali Blues, which promptly went out and won the league title.

Picked was Canadian national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, defender Kendall Fletcher, U.S.national team striker Christie Welsh and former Pac-10 Player of the Year Manya Makoski (Arizona State).

"We know these players intimately, so there weren't many risks that were taken," Naimo said. "We know what we're going to get and there's a lot of versatility in the players that were selected. We're in a great place."

Especially when combined with U.S. internationals Shannon Boxx of Torrance, generally considered the world's best female holding midfielder; defender Stephanie Cox, the youngest player on the 2007 World Cup team and the first Latino to make a major impact on the national team; and veteran midfielder Aly Wagner, who has more than 100 caps.

Los Angeles is negotiating with five foreign stars: Brazil's Marta, acknowledged as the best female player in the world; Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama, a dead-ball specialist who can take free kicks with either foot and had the British media comparing her to David Beckham at the Olympics; Chinese striker Han Duan; Camille Abily of France, who scored a hat trick against Greece in a Euro 2009 qualifying game; and Iceland's prolific Margaret Vidarsdottir, the top scorer at the Algarve Cup who averages a goal a game for her national side.

"I think we're going to be one of the best attacking sides in the league," Naimo said. "We have a fantastic goalkeeper. There isn't a team in the league that can say they have better attacking options than we do."

Naimo, who was late for this interview because he was on the phone with Marta's agent, is optimistic she will sign with the WPS from the Swedish side for which she currently plays.

"L.A. would be a great place for her, and I think her agent believes that," he said. "We're working very diligently on getting (the deal) done and getting her here."

In a sense, it's remarkable we're even talking about a "here" when it comes to women's professional soccer.

The WPS' predecessor, the Women's United Soccer Association, burned through its five-year, $40 million budget in just three years and collapsed after the 2003 season.

"Everyone has been waiting for this to come back, but we've got to do it right this time around," said Abner Rogers, the L.A. team's London-born coach. "We feel it's the last crack of the whip. Let's get it right so we have something for the future for these kids."

So the seven teams - there are also franchises in the Bay Area, Chicago, Boston, Washington, St Louis and New York - are keeping a closer eye on finances this time around.

The salary cap is about $540,000 and L.A. - its name and colors will be announced later this month, perhaps at the Oct. 26 Galaxy game (Galaxy owner AEG owns half the team, along with Pali Blues owner Ruidi Bianchi) - is aiming for crowds of around 6,000 in Carson.

More than 500 fans , including four by the Southern California franchise that will play at Home Depot Center. also already have put down modest $25 season-ticket deposits, Naimo said.

The team will play its games at the main soccer stadium, closing off two sides of the venue, and is in discussions to perhaps play doubleheaders with the Galaxy, Naimo said.

Resuming play six years after the WUSA folded, the WPS is very much version 2.0.

Gone are the retired Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy, while familiar veterans Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett were passed over in Monday's draft.

Still, the WPS already has what the WUSA lacked - a national television contract on a legitimate channel. The league announced Monday that Fox Soccer Channel will air a minimum of 20 regular-season games on Sunday nights, with its two semifinals and championship game on Fox Sports Net.

"It's going to be around a lot longer, for one," said Naimo when asked about the differences between WPS and the WUSA. "I think there's a lot more sensible things happening, especially when you consider the budget and the approach that's being taken right now. There are better business minds involved."

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Re: Los Angeles
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2008, 09:50:32 PM »
The WPS October general draft results are on the main league thread but have been followed by some comment on the choices made by the seven teams.

Comment on the Los Angeles choices was as follows:-

Los Angeles

Picks: Karina LeBlanc, Kendall Fletcher, Christie Welsh, Manya Makoski

Los Angeles managed to get plenty of value out of its four picks to help tide over fans waiting for news on Marta's possible arrival. Whether or not she's a game-changer in the mold of Hope Solo or German star Nadine Angerer, longtime Canadian international Karina LeBlanc is the kind of dependable ‘keeper the team will be able to plug into the starting lineup and not have to worry about the rest of the season. That's no small perk for a team that hasn't yet assembled a potential starting back line.

Speaking of that back line, which already includes outside back Stephanie Cox, the draft did provide two potential key components in second-round pick Kendall Fletcher and third-round selection Manya Makoski. A star midfielder at Arizona State, Makoski is still growing into a role in the back line but could be a good sleeper to pair with Cox on the outside. She's seemingly a little undersized for the professional game, but it hasn't stopped her yet, and there's no reason to think she isn't still firmly on the upswing of her career.

Welsh, as she always seems to be, is the X-factor in Los Angeles' draft. Never quite able to nail down a spot in the National Team rotation under April Heinrichs, Greg Ryan or Pia Sundhage, she is nonetheless a proven finisher with the size and skills to make an immediate impact at the club level. Whether or not the likes of Marta and Han Duan materialize in Southern California next spring, Welsh must capitalize on the skill so many have seen in her.


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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008, 05:51:52 PM »
New women's pro soccer team will be called the L.A. Sol

The team will begin playing in April as part of the Women's Professional Soccer league.
by Grahame L. Jones
October 25, 2008

Southern California's latest professional sports team, which will start play in April as part of Women's Professional Soccer, will be known as the Los Angeles Sol.

The team's name and logo will officially be announced in Carson on Saturday.
 
The name, logo and colors of blue, white and gold are supposed to reflect the local climate and geography -- think sea and sunshine.

Until now, the team, one of seven WPS franchises along with the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, New York/New Jersey, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., had a general manager, a coach and seven players, but no identity.

Most prominent among the Sol players are U.S. Olympic gold medal winners Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner and Stephanie Cox. General Manager Charlie Naimo and Coach Abner Rogers are hoping that the team's co-owners, AEG and Blue Star LLC, will be able to land Brazilian forward Marta, the world's top women's player.

Marta was drafted by the Sol but is playing professionally in Sweden and has not yet agreed to a move to California.

The Sol will play its home games at the Home Depot Center in Carson, but there has been no word on whether the team will play doubleheaders with the Galaxy or will have separate playing dates.

Four of the other six WPS teams have names. They are the Boston Breakers, Washington Freedom, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC, playing in New Jersey.

The Bay Area and St. Louis franchises have yet to be named. The league will add teams in Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia in 2010.

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 10:03:43 PM »
Women's pro league is coming along
by Grahame L. Jones
October 30, 2008

U.S. national team member Shannon Boxx is ready to play for the L.A. team, which is still trying to sign Brazilian star Marta.

Shannon Boxx likes the look and she likes the name.

About six months before it plays its first game, the Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer has been given a thumbs-up by one of its highest-profile players.

While negotiations continue to try to land Brazilian superstar forward Marta, Boxx and teammate Aly Wagner give the Sol not only a pair of 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalists but potentially one of the best in the league.

"It's very exciting to finally say that we have a league," said Boxx, a midfielder who played for the New York Power in the Women's United Soccer Assn, which preceded WPS but folded in 2004 after three seasons.

"I think we have a great team. I think it's a great name and I love the logo."

The key to how well the Sol will draw at the Home Depot Center in Carson could depend on whether the team's co-owners, including AEG, are able to lure Marta away from her Swedish club, Umea IK.

But while Boxx recognizes Marta's drawing power, she gets a little riled that the media is focusing so much on the two-time FIFA world player of the year.

"Having Marta would a great thing," Boxx said. "International players are always going to help the league, but so are we. It's going to be a great mix.

"I respect Marta's game. I think she is amazing and has done so much for the women's game. . . .

"But there are a lot of great players on the women's side, and to say that she is the only one that people are going to come to watch, I don't think that's a fair assessment. You see 18 great players on the U.S. national team."

The league, in fact, is built around the U.S. squad, and Boxx, who on Wednesday was one of 10 players nominated to be the 2008 FIFA world player of the year, said that is sound thinking.

"Starting with our own national team, coming off a gold medal, is huge for this league," she said. "People know who we are. Then to add international players like a Marta is just going to make this league even better."

In addition to Boxx and U.S. teammate and goalkeeper Hope Solo, the FIFA award nominees are Marta, Cristiane and Daniela, all from Brazil; Nadine Angerer and Birgit Prinz from Germany; Christine Sinclair from Canada; Kelly Smith from England, and Ingvild Stensland from Norway.

The Sol will play at the Home Depot Center, but it remains uncertain whether it will be involved in doubleheaders with the Galaxy. "What I've heard is we'll probably have one or two doubleheaders," said Sol Coach and transplanted Englishman Abner Rogers.

Rogers said negotiations with Marta were going well and said signing her would be as significant as Major League Soccer signing David Beckham.

"Like Beckham here with the Galaxy, it's great not just for L.A. but for the whole league. I mean, she's a very, very special player. She can do things that very few players in the world can do nowadays. So she's going to put people in the seats whether we play here or we play in Boston," Rogers said.

As for Boxx, Rogers said the former South Torrance High and Notre Dame standout could well become the Sol's captain. "She's definitely going to be considered," he said. "Shannon's a great role model."

The Sol has about a dozen players so far, including U.S. national team defender and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner Stephanie Cox. Rogers is seeking the rest of the pieces to complete the puzzle.

"I think the hardest thing is to find attacking players that can make a difference in the game," he said. "What we need are a central defender, maybe another wide defender, a [second] goalkeeper, a holding midfielder, and that's about it."

Canadian international goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc is the favorite to start in goal.

"I like her, but we're looking to bring in another goalkeeper who can challenge her for the starting position," Rogers said.

Meanwhile, the Marta watch continues, and even Boxx can't help keeping an eye on that development.

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2009, 10:56:09 AM »
Official confirmation last night of Marta's move to the States.

Los Angeles Sol Signs Brazilian Superstar Marta
Monday, January 12, 2009

Three Time FIFA World Female Player of the Year joins already strong Los Angeles side

CARSON, CALIFORNIA –  The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) achieved a major milestone in women’s professional sports when they announced  an agreement today with three time FIFA World Female Player of the Year Marta Vieira da Silva, better known worldwide simply as Marta.  Per team and league policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Marta joins a potent Sol team that will be sure to captivate soccer fans throughout the Southland and already features three U.S. Women’s National Team players (Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner, Stephanie Cox) and a host of others with significant international experience. The agreement comes upon the heels of Marta’s great accomplishment of becoming the FIFA World Female Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

“With the signing of Marta there is no doubt that we have brought in one of the biggest and most exciting pieces of the puzzle we targeted when we launched this franchise last fall,” said Scott Hanley, Vice President AEG Sports, who operates the Sol.  “She is a bonafide superstar in the sport of soccer who will undoubtedly electrify fans and raise awareness for both our team and WPS on a global scale.”

The Sol originally acquired the exclusive WPS negotiating rights to Marta on September 24, 2008, when they drafted her third overall in the WPS Initial International Draft.  In that draft, each team was allowed to draft four international players.

The initial International Draft gave each of the seven WPS teams the opportunity to begin a formal negotiation process with each selected player upon receiving permission from that player’s club. For the 2009 season, teams are allowed to sign up to five international players each.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the Los Angeles Sol,” Marta said. “Knowing that WPS is going to be the most competitive league in the world made my decision easy.  I am going to Los Angeles to win as many titles as possible and achieve all the remaining goals in my professional life.”

Since 2004, Marta, a native of the Brazilian state of Alagoas, has been playing for fabled Swedish women’s club side Umea IK, helping lead to wide variety of team and personal accolades.

Umea has captured the Swedish league title three times (2005, 2006 and 2007) since her arrival, and took the UEFA Champions League crown in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2007.  In addition, they have drawn an average of nearly 10,000 fans per home game, easily best in the league.

A gifted left-footed attacking midfielder with a very deadly shot, Marta has also shone brightly individually since her arrival in Sweden, winning the FIFA Women’s Player of the year award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, she also won the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China and the Golden Boot as its top scorer as Brazil captured the silver medal.

Marta and Brazil’s full national team first gained recognition on the world stage for their attractive, attacking football at the 2004 Athens Olympic Football Tournament, where they took the silver medal, losing to the USA in the final.

Marta turned in some amazing performance at the FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship in Canada, and has been a fixture with the full side since.  In 2003, after some excellent performances in the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic, where Brazil won the gold medal, she received an offer to move to Umea, and has been there ever since.

The Sol will kick off the 2009 season on Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills, when the club hosts the Washington Freedom in a 3 pm (PT) match.  The WPS Inaugural Match between the Sol and the Freedom will be the only one played in WPS that weekend.

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2009, 01:18:01 AM »
Marta ready to conquer in WPS
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
by Dan Lauletta, womensprosoccer.com

Since 2004, fans of U.S. soccer have become accustomed to rooting against Marta and her Brazilian teammates.  Now they are preparing to cheer for her.  Even those who will not support the Los Angeles Sol when WPS launches later this year will have little choice but to pull for Marta, the now three-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year who added a dose of star power to the league with her official acquisition by the Sol.

“We feel it’s great not just for our franchise but for our whole entire league,” Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo said.  “It’s big news.  We’ve been getting contacted by as much international media as we have local, but we’re definitely getting a lot of media attention.  New York Times, L.A. Times.  The big dogs.  We’re obviously very appreciative of the coverage.”

The announcement of Marta’s signing coincided with the announcement she had won her third consecutive FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year honor.  She was widely considered the best player on the globe when FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers bypassed her in the International Draft last September.  The Sol, drafting third, took a leap of faith, and while they drafted the 22-year old without knowing for sure if they could lure her to Los Angeles from her Swedish club, they have done much of their team building with Marta in mind as the centerpiece.

“We felt that the chances (of signing Marta) were very good, but there was some risk in using a first round pick,” Naimo acknowledged.  “Obviously we had a lot of negotiating to do, but we had the confidence to take that step.  We found after discussing it as a franchise, we might be in a position to get something done.

“When you start a team at the highest level, the first person you think of internationally speaking is Marta.  When we selected our team, we had a vision of the kind of soccer we wanted to play.  We put players around Marta that we feel will think at her speed and compliment what she does.  So we have all the reason to believe it’s going to flow.”

Abner Rogers will have the honor of coaching Marta with the Sol, and he was quick to rip off a slew of attributes she will bring to The City of Angels.

“She has great technical skills,” he said.  “She can beat players off the dribble one-on-one, she can score goals.  She works extremely hard on defending.  People don’t see how hard she works when she doesn’t have the ball.  She’s such a complete soccer player.  We can’t be happier having her.”

As of Monday’s announcement Rogers had yet to interact with Marta, but heard glowing reports about his new superstar.

“She’ll surprise you with how hard she works in training,” a coach in the Brazilian program confirmed to Rogers.

That Brazilian side has fallen painfully short at the last three major international tournaments.  They were defeated in extra time by the United States at the last two Olympics, and in between lost the World Cup final to Germany after dismantling the U.S. in the semi-finals.  On the club stage Marta has captured three league titles and a Champions League trophy playing for Umea IK.  Now she will attempt to bring that club success to WPS with the Sol.

“Of course I am sad I am leaving (Umea), but I am happy because a new project is beginning,” Marta said from Zurich where the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year announcement was made.  “I have in mind that a very competitive league will be created.  I think it will attract many players.”

Naimo agrees, and believes having Marta on board will benefit the Sol and other clubs as they attempt to sign their internationals.

“I think it’s going to really, really help all the other clubs finalize their international players,” he said.

As for the Sol, Naimo is hopeful the rest of the club’s internationals— France’s Camille Abily, China’s Han Duan, Sweden’s Johanna Frisk, and Japan’s Aya Miyama—will follow Marta to Los Angeles.

“Cautiously optimistic, but hopefully we will have good news on them by the end of next week,” Naimo said.

As for Marta, whose Swedish contract was up allowing her to come on a free transfer, she sounds raring and ready to go as she prepares to set sail on the next phase of her already remarkable career.

“I understand the challenge and project ahead of me with the Los Angeles Sol,” she said.  “I am ready to take it on and conquer all the objectives in front of me in the United States.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid7536.aspx

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2009, 10:47:31 AM »
News has come to me that Camille Abily has left OL for the LA Sol.

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2009, 12:37:46 PM »
Wow . . didn't spot that one coming . . I saw her in the Under-20 team in Moscow a couple of years ago and she is definitely useful.

It struck me that Johanna Frisk will be useful at the Sol, because Marta can only speak Portuguese and Swedish, so I guess if Frisk can speak English she can pass instructions on to Marta in Swedish.
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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2009, 04:37:09 PM »
Camille is an excellent technical player, she will have great fun playing alongside Marta.

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2009, 10:25:58 PM »
Los Angeles Sol signs Japanese Midfielder Aya Miyama
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer have signed Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama, the club announced today. Per club and WPS policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 24-year-old Miyama is one of the best young players in the world, and is quickly becoming the cornerstone of the Japanese Women's National Team. Her play in the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing helped lead Japan to the semifinal stage of that event for the first time in their history.

"We are certainly pleased to add an international player of this caliber to an already talented roster that includes players like Shannon Boxx and Marta," said Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers. "We welcome Aya to Los Angeles and to her new playing home today, and look forward to having her return here full-time for the start of training camp on March 1."

Miyama is a gifted midfielder who can use both feet to strike the ball with equally impressive results. She has shown the ability to take over a game and will be asked to take on a leadership role in the Sol's midfield. The added firepower and depth provided by Miyama will be crucial as the Sol looks to put the best possible lineup on the field each week and play attractive, attacking soccer.

"The season is fast approaching and we already are in the process of pulling our preseason roster together and this signing represents a big step," said Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo.

The Los Angeles Sol will kick off the 2009 season on Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills, when the club hosts the Washington Freedom in a 3 pm (PT) match.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8536.aspx

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2009, 02:28:46 PM »
Los Angeles Sol unveils home schedule for 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season
Thursday, February 05, 2009

Kicking Off Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center

Taking another step toward the return of women's soccer to the professional sports landscape, the Los Angeles Sol recently announced its schedule for the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) season. The Sol will begin its season on Sunday, March 29th with a home match against Abby Wambach and the Washington Freedom.

The Sol will be led by U.S. National Team Members Shannon Boxx and Aly Wagner, along with International Superstar and three-time FIFA World Female Player of the Year Marta. They will play a 20-game regular season featuring ten home games and ten away games. The Sol's season will consist of two home games on Wednesdays, one on a Friday, two on Saturdays and five on Sundays. All Sol home matches will take place at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University – Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.

"We are excited to finally announce our schedule," said Los Angeles Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo. "Sol fans throughout the Southland will now have the opportunity to see what matchups interest them the most and start to make plans to buy tickets for those games."

Some of the most highly anticipated games in Carson this season include the WPS Inaugural Match on Sunday, March 29 and visits from Leslie Osbourne and Nicole Barnhart of FC Gold Pride on April 19 and June 21. The Chicago Red Stars, featuring Carli Lloyd and Lindsay Tarpley, will also travel to Los Angeles for matches on June 3 and June 27.

The 2009 WPS Regular Season culminates August 9 with three league games. The WPS First Round will be played August 15, the WPS Super Semifinal is set for August 18/19 with the WPS Final scheduled for August 22 at the home field of the 2009 WPS Regular Season Champion. The All-Star Game will be played following the conclusion of the season.

Season ticket packages for the Los Angeles Sol's inaugural campaign are already on sale. Prices range from $125 to $750 for all ten home games.

2009 Los Angeles Sol Schedule (all home games in red)
*schedule subject to change

Sunday, March 29  Washington Freedom (on Fox TV)
Sunday, April 5  Sky Blue FC 
Sunday, April 19  FC Gold Pride   
Saturday, April 25  St. Louis Athletica 
Saturday, May 2  Boston Breakers 
Sunday, May 10  Boston Breakers   
Friday, May 15  Sky Blue FC  
Sunday, May 24  FC Gold Pride (on Fox TV) 
Saturday, May 30  St. Louis Athletica 
Wednesday, June 3  Chicago Red Stars 
Sunday, June 7  Washington Freedom  (on Fox TV)
Saturday, June 13  Sky Blue FC   
Sunday, June 21  FC Gold Pride  (on Fox TV)
Wednesday, June 24  St. Louis Athletica 
Saturday, June 27  Chicago Red Stars 
Sunday, July 5  Washington Freedom (on Fox TV) 
Wednesday, July 8  St. Louis Athletica 
Thursday, July 23  FC Gold Pride 
Sunday, August 2  Chicago Red Stars (on Fox TV) 
Sunday, August 9  Boston Breakers
 
http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8718.aspx

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2009, 02:43:36 AM »
Los Angeles Signs Three International Players
Thursday, February 19, 2009
by Los Angeles Sol

Abily, Duan and Frisk Join Club

CARSON, CALIFORNIA –  The Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer has announced today that it has reached contractual agreements with three international players. The players are France midfielder Camile Abily, China forward Han Duan and Sweden defender Johanna Frisk. Per club and WPS policy, terms were not disclosed.

"I have no doubt that finding the right mix of international players and their American counterparts is going to play a large role in the success of our franchise," said Los Angeles Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo. "I think each player we signed today brings something to the table that makes us better as a club."

Abily, who has 46 caps and eight goals scored for France, comes to the Sol after playing most recently with Olympique Lyonnais in her homeland. She is a versatile, attacking player who debuted with the French national team in 2001 and is considered one of the side's stars of the future.

Los Angeles also welcomes China striker Duan into the fold after she has made nearly 20 career appearances for the Steel Roses. Formerly of Dalian Football Club, Liaoning Duan, Han finished seventh in the voting for FIFA Women's Player of the Year in 2006, the first Chinese player to finish in the top-10 since Sun Wen in 2002.

Frisk is a young, physical defender who has been on the radar for the Sweden National Team for a couple of years. Since 2006, she has played for Umea IK, the fabled women's club team in her home country that also boasts Swedish superstar Hanna Ljungberg.

The Sol will kick off the 2009 season on Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills, when the club hosts the Washington Freedom in a 3 pm (PT) match. The WPS Inaugural Match between the Sol and the Freedom will be the only one played in WPS that weekend.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9118.aspx

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2009, 11:11:11 PM »
Pro dream comes true for Makoski
Connecticut Post Staff
14th February 2009

The dream had suddenly vanished in a puff of smoke just prior to her junior year of college. The date was September 15, 2003, and Manya Makoski was back at Arizona State, gearing up for her junior year and another season of soccer, when the Women's United Soccer Association announced it was suspending operations, effective immediately.

"Poof " - dream gone.

From the moment Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey at the 1999 Women's World Cup, which gave women's soccer more exposure than it ever had before -- leading to the kickoff of the WUSA in April of 2001 -- Makoski had wanted to play professionally. Ever since she had been a little girl, diving through mud puddles on rain-soaked playing fields in her hometown of Trumbull, soccer had been her life.

Makoski was the only girl on the all-boys AYSO team because they didn't have any girls teams. And constantly getting pounded by her two older brothers, Milton and Mark, only made her tougher. By the time she graduated from Trumbull High in 2002, she had compiled a scrapbook full of honors and awards. She was the 2002 Gatorade Connecticut High School Player of the Year and the 2001 NSCAA Adidas Connecticut High School Player of the Year. She was a 2000-01 NSCAA All-American and the 2000-01 Connecticut Post MVP.

And that's just the tip of Makoski's award iceberg.

With two seasons at Arizona State in the books, Makoski was thinking big. Two more years with the Sun Devils and she would
be in the WUSA too, along with Chastain, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and all the other national team heroes. But three seasons of financial mismanagement led to the league having to close up shop.

"When the WUSA folded, that kind of put a damper on my dreams and made me think about the future direction of my life," Makoski, a former U-21 national team member, said last week. "But now, I can't even express how excited I am. It's been my dream to play professional in the United States."

And on March 29, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., against the Washington Freedom, Makoski will make her Women's Professional Soccer league debut.

"I'm going to be playing with the best players in the world," the 25-year-old Makoski said. "I never thought that I'd make it this far. It's always been my dream, but now it's a reality."

And she'll be playing with such names as Marta, who was named by FIFA as the best female player in the world in 2006 and is a three-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, and U.S. national team members Aly Wagner and Shannon Boxx.

Overcoming a bad year

Not only did Makoski's dream take a serious hit when the WUSA folded, but during talk of the start-up of the new WPS, she thought her career might be in jeopardy when she suffered a serious non-contact injury in 2006. Playing in a United Soccer League W-League game for the New Jersey Wildcats, Makoski severely broke a bone in her leg.

"I broke my fibula, which is right above my ankle. And I had surgery and they put a plate and five screws in," Makoski said. "It was a non-impact break, I just kind of took a step and it broke, a very freak accident.

"That (2006) wasn't a great year for me, my father passed away. I graduated from school, I didn't know what I was doing. I mean, I was planning on playing with the national team and then I broke my leg and all of that went down the toilet."

She was on crutches for a couple of months and was out for half a year doing rehabilitation. Like she said, it wasn't a very good time.

"That was my first major injury and I didn't really know how to handle it," she said. "I didn't know how to handle not being able to do anything. I wasn't active, I was on crutches all summer, doing rehab and getting the range of motion back in my ankle, which still isn't as good as my other ankle. It still bothers me today, but I'm past that. I think the rehab made me tougher. I learned a lot about myself as a person and an athlete."

What also made Makoski tough was the daily pounding she took as the sister of two older brothers. Milton is 30 now and Mark 28, but back when Manya was just getting into sports at age 6, Milton was 12 and Mark 10. Needless to say, the boys were a terror.

"I got beat up a lot. I think that's why I'm so tough today," she said. "Mentally and physically, it's because of them. I was their target practice. I was their goalie. They got me into all kinds of sports and they taught me what it meant to be active. I'm really grateful to them because I don't think I'd be playing soccer right now if it wasn't for them."

Makoski tells stories of her brothers shooting BB guns at her, and paintball guns, too. One time, she even got knocked out cold when one of her brothers mistakenly clocked her while swinging a wooden baseball bat around.

"I definitely remember that. I was in first grade, I think," she said. "They didn't do it on purpose."

While Makoski was recovering from her surgery, she decided to add to her journalism degree by going for her Masters at the University of New Haven. Attending classes there in the spring of 2007, she became friends with Chargers women's soccer coach Brendan Faherty and volunteered to help coach. By that time, she had been cleared to play again by the doctors, so she would occasionally jump into drills, fighting through the soreness and slowly getting back into playing shape. Because she knew she had to be ready if the national team came calling again.

"It's another level because you have the best players in the country at your age group coming together and competing for a roster spot. It brings the best out of you," Makoski said. "You play in high school and you're great, but when you get to a national team camp, you learn a lot about yourself as a player what you need to work on.

"What I had was pure speed. I was able to beat players off of one touch, and going into national camp, you can't do that. You have the best defenders in the United States playing you, you can't do that. You have to become more technical and that's where my game has improved the most."

National exposure

She made the U-21 national team in 2004 and again in 2005, touring China and Brazil and taking part in the 2004 Nordic Cup in Iceland and the '05 Cup in Sweden. She played with eventual national team members Tasha Kai, Heather O'Reilly, Carli Lloyd, Lori Chalupny and Lindsay Tarpley. Makoski even scored two goals on the pre-Nordic Cup tour, one each against BC Select and the Seattle Sounders.

"Manya was with the younger national team when I was with the full (national) team, and we actually scrimmaged against them, and I remember at one point, we were standing next to each other on the field," said Lilly, the Wilton product and a pretty good soccer player herself.

"She's a quick little player. You think because she's so tiny, how can she play, but technically, she's very good with the ball. She just has that look in her eye and that commitment to wanting to be the best and compete at the highest level she can. "

Eventually, though, when Makoski hangs up the cleats for good, she's looking forward to continuing her other budding career, sports writing.

"Journalism was my major and I knew I wanted to stick with the sports scene, maybe be a sports writer or work for ESPN, that sort of thing," said Makoski, who wrote a blog entitled "Manya's Musings" while with the U-21 team. "If I wasn't playing soccer, I'd be writing, whether it was for a newspaper or writing a book."

And her dream interview?

"I'd have to go with Kristine on that one because she'll probably still be playing after I retire," Makoski said. "It'll be great to hear her story and her experiences and everything that she had to overcome. She's a great player, a great leader and she has such a passion for the game. She has the passion that only grows inside of you."

Here's a little news: So does Makoski.

The dream lives on.

http://www.connpost.com/sports/ci_11706978
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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2009, 03:58:20 PM »
Welsh set to arrive in Los Angeles with a world of experience
Saturday, February 14, 2009
by Hillary Read, womensprosoccer.com

A gregarious, high-scoring forward with an entertainment background? Sounds like a match made in heaven for the Los Angeles Sol.

Sort of.

“Well, I have always viewed myself as an East Coast person,” said Christie Welsh, the Long Island native, New York Power alum, and Penn State graduate drafted 12th overall by the Sol in October’s WPS General Draft. “It’s been a bit of a transition period trying to sort things out. But the bottom line is that I want to play soccer, and the team they’ve put together is going to be unbelievable.”

The Sol are certainly eager to add the former national-teamer (39 caps, 20 goals) to their monster attack, which includes Brazilian supernova Marta and pinpoint passer Aly Wagner.

“She’ll be a great fit with the attacking options we have,” Sol coach Abner Rogers said. “We can play so many different ways – we can play her as a target or play through her.  We’ll have to iron out some of the bugs in the short time we have in preseason, but it’s a good headache to have a lot of talent.”

Welsh, an avid photographer who will arrive in L.A. with a well-earned reputation for being friendly and outgoing, has traveled far from home before. She’s a veteran of the W-League’s Washington Freedom, has participated in a pair of USWNT residencies in L.A., and played abroad in both the French First Division and Swedish First Division.

“She brings a wealth of experience,” Rogers said. “And she’s very mature; she’ll be a great role model for our younger players.”   

She’ll also be a wealth of global knowledge.  Between soccer engagements for the Freedom, Welsh has worked for the last year and a half for the National Geographic television show, “Wild Chronicles.”

“It’s a fascinating show, on really anything going on in the world, like the changes from global warming,” said Welsh, who described her role as, “Getting together background stuff, paperwork and legal info. Everything nobody else wants to do. But it’s a great atmosphere in a huge building, with so much incredible stuff going on. And they’ve been really flexible about soccer.”

Soccer, after all, is – and has always been – the thing.  Welsh is raring to go, both for the chance to play with the world’s best and to help the new league blossom.

“Playing on the national team, trying to stay on the team, there’s pressure. Christie has that experience and maturity. I know she’d love to get back in that national team set-up, so I know she’ll work extremely hard,” Rogers said. “She’s still striving to be a better player.”

“I’m in full soccer mode, about to turn 28 (on Feb. 27), and I sure hope I have a lot of soccer left in me,” she said. “I was joking around with my friends the other day that I’m going to get ’megged every day in practice. But regardless of how I do, just that experience alone, training and competing with these players, will be awesome. I can’t wait to get started.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9008.aspx

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2009, 08:41:59 PM »
Marta has come a long way, takes on new challenge in U.S.

The Brazilian star will be the biggest name for the new Los Angeles Sol and Women's Professional Soccer.

by Grahame L. Jones, Los Angeles Times
February 25, 2009
 
Somewhere in the heart of northeastern Brazil, about nine degrees south of the Equator and a couple of hundred miles inland from where the Brazilian coast bulges out into the Atlantic, two rivers converge.

There, painted in pastel hues, is the clapboard town of Dois Riachos, little more than a dot on the map in the huge cotton, rice, sugar and tobacco producing state of Alagoas. Flash past on Brazil's route 316, perhaps on the way to Maceio and the sea, and you would hardly notice it.

Dois Riachos. Two little rivers.

Marta Vieira da Silva remembers them well. They were the playgrounds of her childhood. For half the year, when the rains had long gone and the streambed was dry, she and the rest of the kids in Dois Riachos used to play soccer in the sandy river bottoms.

It was there that the scrawny youngster who grew up to become the world's finest female soccer player learned the tricks that now keep fans worldwide spellbound.

This remote locale, where she dodged the tackles of older boys intent on taking her down, was the ultimate source of her Pan American Games gold medal, her two Olympic silver medals, her three consecutive FIFA Women's World Player of the Year awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The step-over moves, the dribbles, the dragging of the ball this way and that, at speed, with the sole of the boot, the lightning quick turns, the instant acceleration, the unleashed shot with power or the placement with finesse -- all these the woman now known simply as Marta learned on the dry streambed.

And when the rains returned and the rivers filled?

"Then we went to the beach," Marta said, beaming the smile that has become almost a trademark.

She is at the beach again now, having arrived in Southern California last Thursday night, on her 23rd birthday, to prepare for her new role -- as the brightest and highest-paid star not only for the Los Angeles Sol but in all of Women's Professional Soccer, which launches its inaugural season on March 29.

And so Marta is in Manhattan Beach, just up the road from her new home in Redondo Beach, chatting amiably over lunch about how different things are going to be, the promise of the new league, and how she has to add English to her fluent Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

She shows up incognito -- in dark glasses, with a black hat pulled down low, adding to the air of mystery. She could be a musician, and is, in a way. "I love all kinds of music and I love to sing," she said. "I am starting to learn more English just through music."

But soccer is her true language.

Her incomparable skills were evident long before she left home to try her luck first with a Brazilian club for two years and then with one of Europe's leading women's teams, Umea IK of Sweden, for the last five years.

"They say that my father was a very good soccer player, but I never saw him play," said Marta, who, along with two older brothers and an older sister, was raised, in humble circumstances, primarily by her mother.

Marta's soccer knowledge came not only from playing, she said, but by watching Brazil's never-ending procession of World Cup standouts. She rattled off the names: Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldo and Kaka. "I tried to watch each of them and observe them and take a little bit from each of them," she said.

Now her name ranks among them. After she had led Brazil to its Pan American Games gold medal victory over the U.S. in front of 67,788 in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, she became the first female player to leave her footprints in the walk of fame at the stadium. Even Pele called to congratulate her.

"It's always been a dream of mine to be the best player in the world," Marta said. "I've always played. Even when I was little, it was my favorite activity."

Just where the fantasy and the artistry come from, Marta isn't sure. "When I get out on the field, I try to do my best and it just comes to me. There are just things that happen, and from minute to minute I know that I can improvise," she said. "I always try to be the first one to the ball. I try to do everything better than my opponents. I always try to think what my next move is."

Unlike another of her favorite players, Ronaldinho, who invariably plays with a smile, Marta is more serious.

"I'm always reading the game. The expression on my face is more of concentration and focus," she said.

Her fame, meanwhile, is worldwide.

"We flew from Rio de Janeiro to Panama City to L.A.," said her agent, Fabiano Farah, who is also Ronaldo's agent. "The whole crew was from Panama, where soccer is not that popular, but they all wanted to see Marta, and two guys asked for a picture."

Marta takes it in stride.

"I go wherever I like and do the things I like to do," she said. "I don't really let it get to me."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-marta-soccer25-2009feb25,0,3945955.story


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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2009, 01:48:17 PM »
Can A Brazilian Star Sell Women’s Soccer In LA?
by Kurt Helin, NBC Los Angeles
Feb 26, 2009

Starting next month, Los Angeles will have a women’s professional soccer team, the Sol, part of the new Women’s Professional Soccer league, or WPS.

They have a lot of things in common with the Los Angeles Galaxy — same owner, they both play their games at the Home Depot Center and almost the same uniforms (except that players on the Sol can choose to wear a little skirt or shorts; and yes we’re serious).

And both the Sol and Galaxy are trying to buy fans attention by brining in the biggest names in the soccer world. Hopefully Marta can have better success than her counterpart David Beckham, who sold himself brilliantly but not so much the sport.

Marta also has a tougher task then Beckham — youth girls soccer may be a wild success at the grass roots level, but that has not translated to the professional level. The last league came up quickly trying to capitalize on the success of the Women’s World Cup — when millions of 13-year-old girls wanted to be Mia Hamm — but folded just a couple years later.

The new league will have some games on Fox Soccer Channel, and with backers like AEG hit has soccer-friendly owners with deep pockets.

However, it needs stars like Marta to be out there in the community, on every bit of media they can find, selling the sport and making themselves accessible. A “get to know me” story in the Los Angeles Times is a nice start for Marta, but it just a start. Fashion shows are an interesting choice, but at least it's an effort. Players like team USA stalwart Shannon Boxx of the Sol and others have got to be just about anywhere they are welcomed, promoting the league.

All that is just a start, this is a big climb ahead of them. That mountain may look more like K2 than anything Marta saw growing up in Brazil.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/sports/soccer/Can-A-Brazilian-Star-Sell-Womens-Soccer-In-LA.html

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Re: Los Angeles Sol
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009, 02:06:33 PM »
Los Angeles Sol unveils preseason roster
Monday, March 02, 2009
by Los Angeles

Training Camp Opens Today at The Home Depot Center

The Los Angeles Sol has released its preliminary preseason roster as it prepares for the Inaugural Season of Women's Professional Soccer. Training camp is set to open today at The Home Depot Center, giving head coach Abner Rogers four weeks to prepare his team for the WPS Inaugural Game against Abby Wambach and the Washington Freedom on March 29.

With Brazilian soccer sensation Marta set to join a star-studded roster already featuring three U.S. National Team members, including Torrance native Shannon Boxx, all eyes will be on the Sol as they start training camp with high expectations for the upcoming season. The entire roster follows below:

 
Abily, Camille - Midfielder
Barnes, Greer - Midfielder
Bock, Brittany - Midfielder/Forward
Bowen, Lana - Defender
Boxx, Shannon - Midfielder
Cameron, Brittany - Goalkeeper
Cox, Stephanie - Defender/Midfielder 
Duan, Han - Forward
Falk, Allison - Defender
Fletcher, Kendall - Defender
Frisk, Johanna - Defender
Henderson, Val - Goalkeeper
Hooker, Katie - Midfielder
Janke, Erica - Defender
Larkin, Katie - Forward/Midfielder
LeBlanc, Karina - Goalkeeper
Makoski, Manya - Midfielder
McNamara, Beth - Defender
Miyama, Aya - Midfielder
Sari, Lisa - Midfielder
Scurich, Allison - Defender
Taylor, Jodie - Forward
Vieira da Silva, Marta - Forward
Wagner, Aly - Midfielder
Welsh, Christie - Forward
Zerboni, McCall - Midfielder

Though teams may have more than 28 players on their preseason roster, no more than 28 can be in camp at any one time. By March 13, all teams must be down to 24 players and Opening Day rosters (18 senior player + 4 developmental players) must be announced on March 25.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9542.aspx
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