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« Reply #100 on: August 03, 2008, 06:10:09 PM »
WPSL SEMI-FINAL
AJAX AMERICA 5 MYSC LADY BLUES 0

NATOMAS, CA (08/02/08) - Cinderella may very well have wore the powder blue of the Midwest champion MYSC Lady Blues (8-2) at one time, but in the second Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Semifinal at Natomas H.S., the glass slipper just did not want to fit. The first-year side held their own in the first half versus Pacific Conference champion Ajax America (13-3-1), but a second-half scoring deluge by the 2007 U.S. Open Cup champions would send the Midwest champs unceremoniously home by a 5-0 final score.

What was most impressive for Ajax was that the goals came from five different players. From a tough start to the 2008 season - combined with the loss of some star 2007 players due to injuries and player movement - the Pacific Conference side can now look forward to a WPSL Final berth on August 3rd, taking on the Big Sky Conference champion Arizona Rush at 7:00 p.m.

"In the first half, they did a good job and packed it in a little bit," said Ajax Head Coach Brian Boswell. "They showed us some respect and worked very, very hard. In the second half, we changed our tactics just a little and we were able to break them down. They're a good team. We just happened to put our goals away.

After a relatively even first half concerning scoring opportunities - where Ajax only out-shot MYSC by a 5-4 margin - former USC star & All-WPSL selection Shannon Cross continued her strong run of play as of late, netting her third consecutive game-winner for her side in the 50th minute.

"Its good we've made the final," said Cross. "We tied and lost in penalty kicks last year [in the National Semifinal], so its good for us. Its our third straight year in the Final Four and our first time in the final."

That goal most certainly made up for her missed double-chance to end the first half, as the Lady Blues were able to deploy their trademark defensive scheme to good effect. Yet, that formation didn't hold as Ajax was able to pick up the pace of play and manuever around and through MYSC in the second half - scoring goals from a variety of players and plays.

Cross was slotted through the Lady Blues defense, drove towards goal and finished professionally under the dive of All-Midwest goalkeeper Laurel Peak (8 saves). MYSC's Marcia Foltz almost leveled the match at 1-1 ten minutes later, but her shot went just wide of the dive of Ajax keeper Alli Lipsher (6 saves) - and the left post.

From there, it was all downhill for the Pacific champions, as University of Oregon's Sabrina Demonte broke in one-on-one with Peak and was able to dribble around her to score the second Ajax goal in the 60th minute. Former WUSA standout Andrea Alfiler was denied a goal with 17 minutes remaining, but re-compensated the next minute, firing home a shot after a failed corner kick clearance to make the 3-0 score.

Goals by April Colen and Stephanie Scholl would finish the scoring on the night. Now, Ajax will face the Arizona Rush in the 2008 WPSL National Final - who defeated 2007 WPSL National Finalist New England in a 2-1 thriller. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=571

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« Reply #101 on: August 03, 2008, 06:15:23 PM »
WPSL SEMI-FINAL
ARIZONA RUSH 2 NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 1

NATOMAS, CA (08/02/08) - After the first 45 minutes in the first Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Semifinal at Natomas High School, the East Conference champion New England Mutiny (12-3-0) looked to have a full head-wind filling their sails. After the last 7 minutes of the match, the team looked hopelessly adrift in the Sea of Sargasso.

The Big Sky Conference champion Arizona Rush (10-1-3) did just that against the Mutiny defense in that span of time, finding a last sprint to the finish and tallying twice to notch the come-from-behind 2-1 victory. A 30-yard majestic bomb from University of Arizona's Kelly Nelson tied the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute, while a goal from Alexandra Balcer just two minutes later sealed New England's fate.

"[The Mutiny are] a very good team and have been here before," said Arizona Head Coach Chris Fernandez. "It was tough for us, this being our first year. I think in the first half we were so nervous and didn't know what to do. So, we absorbed a lot of pressure but I think we settled down at halftime."

"I got the ball at midfield, turned and noticed I had a lot of space," said Nelson about her tying goal. "I took a couple of dribbles, noticed the keeper was out of her net and just hit it."

It was quite an ending to a match that saw the Mutiny hold the run of play - and also hold U.S. U-20 phenom Jess McDonald in check - in the first half. In the 16th minute, East Player of the Year and First Team All-WPSL selection Mary-Frances Monroe put her own kind of stamp on that fact, delivering a nice bending volley over the outstretched hands of Big Sky Goalkeeper Emalee Rogers (9 saves) into the opposite top corner.

New England would have looks and chances, especially from UConn's Erin Clark & Meghan Schnur, but they could not get that second goal that may have put them in a un-beatable position; especially considering the team's experience. At the half, the Mutiny were ahead on shots (10-3) and the Rush were ahead in fouls committed (8-3).

Arizona came out in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose, but New England was still holding the Rush offense to shots from outside the penalty area that Mutiny keeper Chloe Beizer (3 saves, all in second half) could easily corral or watch go wide of goal. With 26 minutes remaining, All-WPSL First Team selection Jenny Maurer had the best chance to put the game away but her shot after a corner kick clearance just went over the crossbar.

After a point-blank save from Beizer on a Karina Camacho shot with 10 minutes remaining and a yellow card infraction on Santa Clara's Lindsey Johnson the next minute, it looked like Arizona had finally lost their quick step. However, it was the New England defense who would give Nelson the extra step, unleashing a shot that Beizer had no chance to stop.

"Actually, [Nelson has] been in a drought for the last five games and that's a good way to get that monkey off your back," said Fernandez. "What an amazing goal."

After a corner kick by Johnson from the right side of the pitch, Balcer would corral the knockdown and quickly finish into the upper corner. In the last minute, Monroe had a chance to knot the score but her low drive from 20 yards would go just wide of the post.

The WPSL National Final will be played at Natomas H.S. on Sunday, August 3rd. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 p.m

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« Reply #102 on: August 03, 2008, 07:26:50 PM »
Big money helps women's pro soccer league gain footing
by Debbie Arrington, The Sacramento Bee
 
Saturday, August 2, 2008

They've come to Sacramento to win a championship, and hopefully a job.

This weekend at Natomas High School, the California Storm hosts the Final Four of the 51-team Women's Premier Soccer League with dozens of scouts and coaches in the bleachers.

On Labor Day weekend, the Storm also hosts a combine of nearly 100 prospective pros.

As the women's national team prepares for the Olympics in China, several soccer mainstays and supporters are working on the home front to assure their sport's stars have a place to play after the Beijing Games.

Women's Professional Soccer, the new league that kicks off in April 2009, has some unexpected heavyweight investors. Among them are Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash and former Yahoo president Jeff Mallett, who see a big future in women's soccer.

"As a father of twin girls, I'm especially pleased to help young women around the world realize that their dreams of being a pro soccer player can indeed come true," said Nash, an accomplished soccer player in his native Canada.

Nash, whose father and brother played pro soccer, and Mallett, also Canadian, invested in the league itself instead of an individual franchise. The two are longtime friends.

"We centralized our commitment," Mallett said. "We don't have to reinvent everything. Our job is to help build a local groundswell of support. It's been a very pragmatic buildup."

The league's first office is in San Francisco, but it has not established a Northern California franchise. The first eight teams will be based in Boston (Breakers), Chicago (Red Stars), Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. (Freedom). Only three so far have names.

Potential sponsors have warmly greeted WPS, which has teamed with the same marketing arm that supports men's Major League Soccer.

WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci, a former Storm player, said the fledgling league has drawn interest from "some pretty big brands," although she declined to name companies until contracts are signed. She said the WPS presents an alternative target audience for companies trying to draw from outside the age 18-to-34 male demographic.

"It could end up being a real smart move for corporate America," she said.

At a recent marketing conference, Coca-Cola executives cited women's soccer "as the biggest growth opportunity in sports," Mallett said. "We're not just soccer girls and soccer moms but soccer dads, too. We bring a whole family demographic."

Antonucci worked with Mallett at Yahoo. "We face the same challenges of any start-up," she said. "We've learned a lot, not from just the old league but the WNBA and lots of other sources. … We have time to get things right. With this relaunch, we've got to get it right this second time."

Heavily funded and laden with world-class players, the Women's United Soccer Association, born in 2001 out of the 1999 World Cup, lasted only three seasons.

"The old league failed because it had too much money," said Storm coach and owner Jerry Zanelli, who also serves as WPSL commissioner. "They had $57 million to start off, and they proceeded to blow most of it in the first year. … It was a disaster."

With central ownership, WUSA wanted to be perceived as "major league" immediately and spent huge amounts on large venues, television and marketing. WPS plans to start small and grow through grass roots. Teams will be individually owned and operated. League officials estimate teams could break even with 5,000-average attendance.

"It's about local investors in local clubs," Mallett said. "If you can win support on the local level, then you can win nationally."

Their talent will come from the United States national squad, including Elk Grove's Stephanie (Lopez) Cox, and the WPSL, the country's top amateur league that is headquartered in Sacramento.

When the WUSA was founded, the Sacramento-based Storm lost 17 players, including former Team USA stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy.

It could happen again, Zanelli said. His league is where the talent awaits.

Players are cautiously optimistic about the new league, said Storm defender Maureen "Mo" Whitney, assistant women's soccer coach at Sacramento State and a former WPSL MVP.

"There's definitely a little bit of excitement," said Whitney, who earned all-conference honors in WPSL again this season. "(The new league) fulfills a dream for most of us to play professionally."

Although hosting the Final Four, the three-time champion Storm lost in last weekend's regionals to Redondo Beach's America Ajax, which will represent the Pacific Conference. Also playing for a title at Natomas are the Arizona Rush, MYSC (Wisconsin) Lady Blues and New England Mutiny.

The two-day event will include a gigantic soccer jamboree, Zanelli said, adding: "We want to show Northern California can support a (WPS) team."

Having only one West Coast team – sharing the Home Depot Center in Carson with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA – presents some immediate challenges. Travel to and from California makes the Los Angeles franchise a lone left-coast outpost with higher expenses than its sister clubs.

Soccer people and the league want a NorCal franchise, either in the South Bay or Sacramento, but no investors have come forward. The economic downturn hasn't helped.

"Sacramento is such an obvious hotbed for soccer," Antonucci said. "It would be a great place for a team."

Because so much hoopla preceded WUSA, the new league has kept a low profile. Even the players don't know much.

"Everybody's excited, but they've stayed pretty quiet about it," Whitney said. "They've been keeping it on the down-low, but we're feeling assured it's really coming now."

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« Reply #103 on: August 04, 2008, 10:35:26 AM »
WPSL FINAL: AJAX 3 ARIZONA RUSH 1

NATOMAS, CA (08/03/08) - As the final seconds of the 2009 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Final ticked off the clock, and the victorious Ajax America Women (14-3-1) began their team celebration, it almost felt like a family affair. In a certain sense, it most certainly was as the defense and offense seemed to meld fluidly this weekend with the Bosio sisters - Dani (defender) & Kiki (forward) - taking home Co-MVP honors in the 3-1 victory over the Arizona Rush (10-2-3) for the 2008 WPSL National champions.

The Ajax defense led by All-WPSL defender Dani Bosio clamped down on a young and athletic Arizona offense, only allowing a 30-yard strike from University of Arizona's Kelly Nelson past All-Tournament goalkeeper Alli Lipsher. The Ajax offense was bolstered by the return of U.S. U-23 forward Kiki Bosio on this night, with their attacking volume turned up to 11 (ala Spinal Tap) as soon as she stepped on the field.

Setting up the first & second goals of the match, while notching the insurance goal, Bosio was a true difference-maker for Brain Boswell's side. However, the casual observer could easily witness that the true success of his side was a complete team effort.

"Its been a long time coming," said Boswell, as the last WPSL title for Ajax came in 2001 with his team making three straight trips to the Final Four (2006-08). "We're real happy with this one. over the last couple of [Final Fours], we've been the bridesmaid and it feels good to be the winner. We're just a great team... it doesn't matter who's out there. We just play very well as a team. We play well for each other - more than any superstars."

"Brian just told us to play our game tonight," said Kiki Bosio, also a star forward for coach Jerry Smith at Division I powerhouse Santa Clara. "Let us dictate the game and let them defend us - not the other way around."

And so they did, as Ajax would hold the run of possession through the first half but would find quality scoring chances hard to find via the Arizona's young, physical and determined defense - led by All-Tournament selections Analisa Marquez and Lindsey Johnson. Midway through the half, though, All-Tournament selection Renee Scachetti would beat Rush keeper Emalee Rogers (4 saves) to a flighted ball into the penalty area, but her header would sail just over the cross bar.

In the 28th minute, Ajax would threaten again as Leah Wilson had a point-blank shot on Rogers, but the Big Sky Conference of the Year would save smartly and push the shot away for a corner. But then in the 33rd minute, Arizona's Nelson would repeat her shooting prowess from the day before in the WPSL Semifinal win over New England, firing another 30-yard bomb for the first goal of the match.

Even with her full extension dive at the shot, Ajax goalkeeper Alli Lipsher (2 saves) could only watch the shot fly just over her fingertips and underneath the crossbar. Ajax would respond in high order, as Kiki Bosio initiated the offensive rush that led to the tying goal in the 39th minute.

Bosio broke down the right flank, sending in a low, hard drive across the face of goal that the Rush defense couldn't properly clear. Scachetti would redeem herself in clinical fashion, as she pounced on the loose ball and finished under the dive of Rogers and inside the far post. The half would end with the score tied at 1-1.

It didn't take much time in the second half for Ajax to get their second goal, as the dangerous flip throw-in from Kiki Bosio proved too much for the Rush defense to handle. Essentially a corner kick from the left sideline, Bosio let fly and Myisha Delaney pounced on the knockdown for the 2-1 lead in the 47th minute - which proved the be the eventual gamewinner. The Rush offense could not get anything going against the experienced unity of the Ajax team defense in the second half and were held to only one shot on Lipsher.

With a little over 13 minutes remaining, Kiki Bosio would again prove to be a handful, attacking deep down the left flank and drawing a yellow card infraction on Arizona's Danielle Morin. All-Tournament selection Brooke O'Hanley would drive the free kick towards the face of the goal, which would force another knockdown and Bosio finished for the final score of 3-1.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Dani Bosio/Kiki Bosio (Ajax).

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Marcia Foltz (MYSC Lady Blues), Mary-Frances Monroe (N.E. Mutiny), Danielle Dakin (N.E. Mutiny), Kelly Nelson (Arizona), Analisa Marquez (Arizona), Lindsey Johnson (Arizona), Kiki Bosio (Ajax), Dani Bosio (Ajax), Brooke O'Hanley (Ajax), Renee Scachetti (Ajax), Alli Lipsher (Ajax).

AJAX STARTERS: Lipsher (GK), D. Bosio, Scachetti, Scholl, O'Hanley, Brewer, Bognanno, Delaney, Cross, Wilson, Alfiler.

ARIZONA STARTERS: Rogers (GK), Balcer, McDonald, Moore, Heath, Johnson, Morin, Davis, Bednarz, Nelson, Marquez.

STATS: Shots - 13-5 (Ajax); Saves - 4-2 (Arizona); Fouls - 6-6; Corner Kicks - 7-2 (Ajax).

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=572

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« Reply #104 on: September 09, 2008, 05:54:17 PM »
WPS COACHES COMPILE NOTES ON WPSL PLAYERS

By: Karyn Lush | womensprosoccer.com

SACRAMENTO, CA (08/31/08) – As over 60 WPSL players slid into tackles, jostled for position and battled for 50-50 balls, Women's Professional Soccer coaches and general managers, all donning sunglasses, sat in a row on white plastic chairs at midfield. Notebooks drawn, they analyzed play, jotted down thoughts on the athletes, and leaned over to point out tidbits to colleagues.

The WPSL Combine, held Aug. 28-31 in Sacramento, Calif., gave Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) representatives another opportunity to scout the amateur league's players as the WPS teams prepare to stock their rosters over the next several months leading up to the new league's kickoff in April 2009.

Emma Hayes, head coach of the Chicago Red Stars, was among the coaches on hand observing the players compete in training sessions and games.

"The amount of effort has been thoroughly professional," she said. "The intensity in the games has stood out and the level of play improved throughout the weekend."

At the beginning of the showcase, the participating players were split into four squads with each team contesting three games during the event. This presented at least one, if not two challenges for the players: playing with new teammates and in some cases playing out of position. But those tests had a pay off for the WPS coaches.

"That is what makes it easy to identify players," said New Jersey/New York assistant coach Denise Reddy. "If a player can come into one of these showcases and stand out in those circumstances, then it's definitely a player worth looking at a little bit harder."

As he watched the WPSL Combine, Boston Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco was mentally comparing the athletes.

"Having players like Jen Lalor-Nielsen, Ouying Zhang and Brooke O'Hanley, who all have past WUSA experience, on the field is good for us as we can measure other players against them," said Tony DiCicco. "We're very appreciative of the WPSL for putting on this event and giving us this opportunity to see these players."

Like DiCicco, Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra sought to visualize how the WPSL players would have fit into the level of play in the WUSA, the professional league he coached in from 2001-2003. Gabarra also used the showcase to catch up on a few players he had lost tabs on.

"I watched some of them over the years in college so it's giving me an idea of where they are now, if they've gotten better since college and how they've progressed," he said.

Matt Driver, the managing partner of Philadelphia's 2010 WPS expansion team and owner of three WPSL teams, coached one of the showcase squads while also compiling notes on all of the competing players.

"For me for 2010, it's fantastic because there are one or two girls who need seasoning," he said. "I'm looking at a 22 year old and going holy cow, if she's from Philadelphia I would take her in a heart beat. I'm also looking at a 33 year old and if she was living in Philadelphia I would take her right now. Will they or won't they be available next year is really irrelevant. It's a really good opportunity for me to see what's out here."

With the WPSL Combine concluding on Sunday, the WPS coaches and general managers are packing their suitcases and heading to Tampa, Fla. where the W-League Combine will be held Sept. 4-7. The team officials value the relationship that is forming between WPS and the WPSL and the W-League.

"It's so important to have a level underneath WPS where players can still develop, whether those are players who are still in college or players who have come out of college but aren't ready yet to make the step to WPS," said Reddy. "They have to have a place to develop, so it's so important to support the WPSL and the W-League even after WPS starts."

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=578

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« Reply #105 on: September 10, 2008, 07:40:40 PM »
Both of the two major women’s football leagues in America (prior to the establishment of the WPS professional league in summer 2009) have set up “combine” tournaments within the last month.  The tournaments were organised to bring together some of the best talent in the two predominantly amateur leagues in a series of games at which scouts from the new WPS would be able to pick out likely prospects for their sides. The W-League combine involved a much larger roster of players than its WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) counterpart but the concept was the same for both.
The WPSL had around 65 players whereas the W-League event had well over 100 potential candidates.

Unlike the W-League combine version, I couldn't recognise any names on the WPSL roster from this side of the water although there were many involved in the regular season.

Been meaning to pick out what happened this year to the English Premier League players in the summer leagues – I'll try to post something before the season slips too far into the mists of time.

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« Reply #106 on: September 12, 2008, 02:35:36 PM »
WPSL – 2008

Compared to W-League, there was very little English player involvement in the WPSL this summer. In contrast to earlier seasons, the League and its clubs also, unfortunately, publish very little statistical player information as the season progresses. As far as I can work out there were just three English players featured in the League during the summer and these were all based at Millburn Magic, a team based in northern New Jersey. All three received favourable comment in the few match reports that appeared on the League site, and two of them featured in the weekly all-league team of the week assessments. Their team had an average mid-table type of season with a majority of single goal wins and defeats but two 4-0 defeats by the leading teams in their division.

Millburn Magic

Rachel Fell (Reading)
Got an honorary mention in late June pick for earning rave reviews on the right side of midfield

Katherine McKenna (Watford)
Selected for the Team of the Week in the second week in July/

Donnique Sinclair-Chambers (Charlton and Watford)
Commended in match reports for her defensive performances.

Sonoma County Sol

Susan Rea (ex Charlton)
The only other player with English Premier League connections was Susan Rea at Sonoma County Sol in the Pacific North Division. Susan regularly featured in Charlton’s first team until she returmed home to California in 2004.  The Sol reached the Conference play-offs in post season and Susan featured in the all Pacific Conference team selections at the end of the season for her defensive/midfield performances.


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« Reply #107 on: October 07, 2008, 02:41:41 PM »
Can't find a press release or announcement anywhere but it seems that Portland Rain will be joining the WPSL next summer.

Tried a search to confirm. Portland and rain seems to throw up a massive response.  ;D ;D  but no news release. :(


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« Reply #108 on: October 07, 2008, 02:55:37 PM »
The LA Rampage got a few Chelsea reserves and fringe players : Faye Rabson, Lynsi Horn and Francesca Gibbs.

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« Reply #109 on: October 07, 2008, 04:07:18 PM »
The LA Rampage got a few Chelsea reserves and fringe players : Faye Rabson, Lynsi Horn and Francesca Gibbs.

Thanks for that - I wouldn't have recognised the names - Chelsea's squad must be massive by now.

The Rampage were a new team in the South Division of the Pacific Conference. They got off to a good start but tailed away quite poorly as the summer progressed and they ended up tied with the San Diego Sealions, next to the table bottom - there's no relegation. ::)

Stats and match info is pretty poor on the WPSL site and some of the club websites also make even ours in the UK seem quite up to date. There is a bit of info. on the Rampage players though:-

Francesca Gibbs (Chelsea)
Lynsi Horn (Chelsea)
Both had 4 appearances

Faye Rabson (Chelsea)
6 appearances

Not sure which part of the season they played in - the good start or the poor finish. You'll have to ask them. ;D ;D

There is one other team with possible English connections - SD United in the same Pacific South division as the Rampage has a roster which includes Laura Cooper (Chelsea), Debs Brereton and Holly Grogan, who all have English roots.

There is no appearance information on the site, however, and I think the roster may be just a repeat of the San Diego Sunwaves info from the previous season. The Sunwaves played summer 2007 in the rival W-League but the whole franchise switched to WPSL under the new SD United name for the 2008 season.
 
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« Reply #110 on: February 03, 2009, 09:34:04 PM »
No formal league announcements that I'm aware of but there are some new clubs (or franchises) due to join the WPSL conferences this summer. In addition to the Portland Rain, announced back in October, there appear to be 4 new teams:-

South California Rush, based in Victorville.
Seattle Synergy
Santa Clarita Valley
Alamo SC, San Antonio

Bay State Select, who took a "year out" in 2008 are also planning to return for the coming season.

 

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« Reply #111 on: March 08, 2009, 11:08:39 AM »
Portland Rain announce home venue

Home Games For 2009 Inaugural Season To Be Played At Hillsboro Stadium

Portland, Oregon (03/02/09)

The Portland Rain of the Pacific Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have announced Hillsboro Stadium as their venue for all home games during the team's inaugural Summer 2009 season. The Portland organization worked in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department to confirm the 7,000-seat stadium as the home of the Rain.

Portland will play at least 10 home games in 2009, including four friendly matches with opponents from around the Pacific Northwest as the Rain tunes up for the WPSL regular season, which is set to begin the last weekend in May.

"Hillsboro Stadium is a wonderful facility and a great fit for us," said interim Head Coach Stan Rodrigues. "It's easy to get to, and it's a very community-oriented venue, which fits perfectly with what we're about at the Rain. People will be entertained by quality of play we're going to have, and it will be a great activity to come out with the family and enjoy a great evening of soccer at a great soccer facility."

Hillsboro Stadium features a 170,000 square foot Astroturf field that has played host to a number of sports including baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and more. The main grandstand is on the south side of the field stadium and features seating for 7,000 spectators, covered seats, locker rooms, team training facilities and full concession stands.

On August 9, 2008, the stadium hosted a regular season game between the Philadelphia Barrage and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). With attendance totaling 3,687, Hillsboro Stadium is mentioned as the likely home of any MLL team that may be awarded to or relocate to Portland.

"The City of Hillsboro is delighted that Hillsboro Stadium will be the home field of the exciting new Portland Rain women's soccer team," said Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Community Resources Manager Corinne Bloomfield. "The WPSL level of play brings a high quality sports experience to families and soccer enthusiasts in the Hillsboro/Portland area."

Past tenants have included the Portland State University football team in 2000 when then Civic Stadium was being renovated. In May 2001, the University of Oregon Ducks football team held their annual Spring Game at the stadium, an event which included future NFL quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Jason Fife.

Designed by GBD Architects, the stadium was named one of 1999's Best Public Project Award recipients by AIA Western International. The facility also won the 2000 Design Award of Merit from International Illumination Design Award.

The WPSL is set to release its full schedule in early March. The Portland Rain launches its inaugural WPSL season in May 2009, joining the Pacific-North Division. For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.portlandrainfc.com. You can contact General Manager Stacy Troiano by phone at (503) 764-2396 (ext. 2) or by email at stacy@portlandrainfc.com.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=624
 

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« Reply #112 on: April 08, 2009, 10:55:26 PM »
WPSL – 2008
Compared to W-League, there was very little English player involvement in the WPSL this summer. In contrast to earlier seasons, the League and its clubs also, unfortunately, publish very little statistical player information as the season progresses. As far as I can work out there were just three English players featured in the League during the summer and these were all based at Millburn Magic, a team based in northern New Jersey.
Seems like Milburn Magic do like to recruit in UK as couple of players will play there very soon : Carly Bray from Arsenal  and Kelly Sims from Reading. 
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Milburn Magic : Key Players to Return for Magic
« Reply #113 on: April 20, 2009, 11:39:51 AM »
With the remainder of the squad to be announced shortly, the Magic are close to completing preparations for their opening game of the 2009 campaign at home to the Delaware Future on May 17.

The Millburn Magic is the Northern NJ member of the Women's Premier Soccer League, an independent national league representing the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. As an amateur league, our players are typically playing with high level college programs through the fall, and play with us from the middle of May through the start of August. The team plays in the East Coast Conference, with the five regional conference winners from around the country playing-off for the National Championship.

The Millburn Magic are part of the New Jersey Soccer Group, a management company for a family of soccer based organizations offering a full range of soccer services in New Jersey.

http://www.wpsl.info/magic/indexn.php?cat=2&id=656

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Milburn Magic roster
« Reply #114 on: April 29, 2009, 11:51:20 PM »
Carly and Kelly are listed on it. There is also a press release


http://www.millburnmagic.com/players.shtml
http://www.millburnmagic.com/files/news/PDF_2543.pdf

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Re: Milburn Magic roster
« Reply #115 on: May 07, 2009, 01:51:48 PM »
Carly and Kelly are listed on it. There is also a press release


http://www.millburnmagic.com/players.shtml
http://www.millburnmagic.com/files/news/PDF_2543.pdf

We (the Magic) do recruit from the UK, with tryouts held in New Jersey at the end of November and around Christmas for interested players. Contracts here from early May through the start of August.

Last years' English players did very well for us, and all contributed to a good first season for us in the league. Our local (New Jersey) contingent is stronger this year, so we've only brought in a couple of players from the UK. Kelly and Carly actually fly in today, and our training camp is next week, with our first game next Sunday May 17. You can follow our season through the website www.MillburnMagic.com - we update extensively, and there will be game reports posted. The WPSL East Conference is home to the best soccer played outside WPS, with the Long Island Fury, New England Mutiny, SoccerPlus CT, and Philadelphia, among other top sides. 39 players in Women's Pro Soccer came through the WPSL, including top pick Amy Rodriguez and 9 of the first 11 picks.

If there are any UK based players interested in coming over for the 2010 season they can contact the Magic coaching staff directly through the e-mails on the website. Typically we want high level younger (18-22) players who are hungry to improve, and looking to add to their experience through playing at a high level in the United States. We provide visas, accomodation, transport, and the opportunity for paid coaching work while here. We train 2-3 times a week, plus just over one game a week over the season. Millburn is located 20 minutes outside New York City, and around an hour from the Jersey Shore, which is mile after mile of wonderful beaches. All in all, a wonderful opportunity for the right person at the right level. Follow us online...

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Re: Milburn Magic roster
« Reply #116 on: May 07, 2009, 02:04:57 PM »
We (the Magic) do recruit from the UK, with tryouts held in New Jersey at the end of November and around Christmas for interested players.
I saw the pictures of the trial and it looked very snowy at the time.

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Or you can take a flight to New York and watch a game  ;D
That's what I am gonna do in June or July as I'll have a week-end in the area to watch a WPS game as well either Sky Blue or Breakers.
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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #117 on: May 08, 2009, 12:56:40 AM »
Week 1

Saturday 9th May

Eastern Division
Bay State Select 0 New York Athletic 4


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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #118 on: May 08, 2009, 04:54:27 AM »
Should be a close game I think. The rest of the league opens up next week.

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« Reply #119 on: May 11, 2009, 10:48:11 AM »
Should be a close game I think. The rest of the league opens up next week.

Saturday 9th May
Eastern Division
Bay State Select 0 New York Athletic 4
 
Not so close after all - perhaps Bay State's "year out" has set them back a bit.  New York weren't too strong an outfit last summer.

Good luck with the Magic for the season - followed your debut season a bit last year as Donnique used to play for Charlton - played a blinder at full back when we beat Everton in the English Cup Final.