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Teams Confirmed for 2011 WPS Season
« on: November 16, 2010, 11:51:27 PM »
SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 16, 2010) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) will play its 2011 WPS Season with teams in Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington and Western New York following those teams satisfying the league’s reserve funding requirement. The Chicago Red Stars continue to seek investors to secure a place in the league’s 2011 season as a seventh team and have been granted until December 15 to do so.

“While it is disappointing to the league and its many enthusiastic fans, players, and partners that FC Gold Pride did not find the level of support it aimed for in its market, the continuing WPS teams have fully committed to the 2011 WPS season,” said WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas. “These past few weeks have been critical to ensuring the long-term health of the league, and we are pleased to be moving forward today with these six committed teams for the 2011 Season. We are hopeful that Chicago will also join those teams for 2011. We are looking forward to a great summer of WPS soccer next year with those teams in light of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which will give fans around the world the opportunity to see the exciting play of many WPS players on the sport’s biggest stage.”

Free agency officially opens at 12:01am ET on Wednesday, November 17 with players from FC Gold Pride now all becoming free agents. An overview of the season schedule, league calendar, 2011 WPS Playoff format and the 2011 WPS Draft will be announced in December.

“The history of sports has shown that in the early years of any league, teams come and go,” said Eileraas. “We are moving forward to start planning for 2011. We’ll have a terrific season next year with at least six committed teams and will continue to have the best soccer talent in the world playing throughout the spring and summer, culminating with an exciting WPS Playoffs like we’ve had the past two years.”

“Over the past few months, we have made tough decisions to create a more efficient and sustainable business,” said Thomas Hofstetter, member of the WPS Board of Governors and President, Sky Blue FC. “These changes have enabled us to build a solid foundation for growth over the coming years.”

Also on Tuesday, in lieu of the formal Expansion Draft, the Western New York franchise will have one day to claim up to six unprotected players from the Expansion Draft list announced by WPS on October 20. Upon approval of the selected players in accordance with the previous draft mechanics determined by the league, WNY will announce their picks in a separate release later this week. The players will be selected and approved prior to the opening of free agency.