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« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2007, 12:32:24 PM »
MYSC Lady Blues to play in WPSL
Eric Anderson 26 Nov
 
The Madison area will have an elite-level amateur women’s soccer team in 2008, as the MYSC announced today that it will enter a team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

The MYSC Lady Blues will be in the Midwest Conference of the 39-team league, along with River Cities FC (Edwardsville, Ill.), FC Twente3 (Barrington, Ill.), FC St. Louis and the Chicago United Breeze. The Lady Blues replace FC Indiana, which won last year’s WPSL title—its second in three years—and has since moved to the W-League.

The WPSL started in 1998, and its season runs from May to late July, with playoffs the final weekend of July. Last season, Midwest Division teams played eight league games.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for women’s sports in the Dane County area,” MYSC president Paul Lackner said in a news release. “The WPSL is currently considered one of the two or three top women’s leagues in the world. This will truly be the highest level of women’s soccer in the region, and an opportunity for local talent to shine in the national spotlight.”

The team hasn’t named a coach or established a home field.

Many of the team’s players likely will be from the MYSC team that won the Women’s Tri-State Premier League and the WTSPL Cup in 2006 and went unbeaten to win the Wisconsin Women’s Premier League championship last summer, including former U.S. national team player Nancy Rohrman. The roster is expected to include NCAA Division I, II and III players from around the area and the Midwest.

“We are thrilled to have MYSC join the league,” WPSL commissioner Jerry Zanelli said in the release. “The team has already established a presence in the region as one of the top women’s team with back-to-back championships in the WPL, and their move to the WPSL is a logical progression. For years there has been an interest from the Madison area to put a team in the league, we are excited that it has finally come to fruition.”

The Lady Blues also are still finalizing sponsorship—there is a one-time $2,500 entry fee to join the WPSL and a $2,900 annual operations fee, according to the league Web site.

http://madisonsoccercentral.com/WordPress/?p=503

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« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2007, 12:45:00 PM »
Okay, I just want to point out the following:

Thomasville is 20 miles from where I live.

I work for a local paper and subscribe to the Thomasville rag.

I usually watch the local news at least 2-3 times a week.

This is the first I've heard of this. This is happening in Thomasville, a hole in the wall I visit frequently. And I'm hearing about this for the first time on a UK-based soccer board?

How sad. How very, very sad.

(Thanks for the info, redrobin. Again. I'm just sort of floored I'm hearing about this here. If you know what I mean.)

Thanks for the comment. It's still frustrating how the media cover the women's game at national and local level. It's just as bad over here in England.

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« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2007, 04:53:46 PM »
MYSC LADY BLUES TO JOIN MIDWEST IN 2008

The Midwest Conference welcomes a new addition to the WPSL Family

MIDDLETON, WI (12/05/07) – The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce a new addition to the Midwest Conference for the Summer 2008 season, as the MYSC (Middleton Yahara Soccer Club) Lady Blues will be a part of one of the top-rated leagues in the world of women's soccer. Based out of the Madison, WI area, the Lady Blues front office is busy finalizing the details on the head coach, sponsorship packages and home pitch for next season; while the organization will continue to use the state-of-the-art MYSC HWY Q training grounds for all practices and try-outs.

"We are thrilled to have MYSC join the league," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "The team has already established a presence in the region as one of the top women's teams with back-to-back championships in the WPL, and their move to the WPSL is a logical progression. For years there has been an interest from the Madison area to put a team in the league. We are excited that it has finally come to fruition."

"As with most great pioneering efforts, this certainly has historic implications," said MYSC Executive Director Ben John. "I am ecstatic about this opportunity on a couple of fronts. First, we continue to expand our offerings, thereby extending the boundaries of what we make available to our players, parents and community at large. Second, it is certainly apropos, based on a strong tradition of excellence in women's soccer, that MYSC should be the first club in the state of Wisconsin to secure this opportunity on behalf of a community that has consistently produced great soccer talent.

"We are elongating some wonderful local careers and the players of today and tomorrow get to learn and experience the sport through some of its most notable alumni. MYSC is proud to sponsor this ground breaking effort to reinstitute the women's game at the highest level."

The 2008 Lady Blues' roster will include many MYSC alumni, as well as many of the finest women players in the Midwest from the top Division 1, D-2 and D-3 collegiate programs in the region. As with the last two seasons, the team will be anchored by former U.S. Women's National Team player Nancy Kramarz-Rohrman, who was also a member of the United States Amateur Association National Amateur Select Team, a four-time Regional All-American at the University of Hartford and 2005 UH Hall Of Fame inductee who was the only Hawk ever to be capped by the USWNT (6 caps, 1 goal).

The rest of the explosive MYSC attack - affectionately called the "Blue Machine" - will bring their precise, attractive style of play to the pitch. Over the past two summers the Blues have won the 2006 Women's Tri State Premier League Championship (undefeated), the 2006 Women's Tri-State Premier League Cup and the 2007 Women's Premier League Championship (undefeated).

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for women's sports in the Dane County area," said MYSC President Paul Lackner. "The WPSL is currently considered one of the 2-3 top women's leagues in the world. This will truly be the highest level of women's soccer in the region, and an opportunity for local talent to shine in the national spotlight. On the pitch, this 'Blue Machine' plays an extremely attractive brand of soccer, consequently it will be a great way for all Madison youth soccer players, but especially young female athletes, to see what it is really like to play at this high of a level - up close and in person."

For more information on the MYSC Lady Blues, visit their official website at http://www.myscladyblues.com - which will launch in January 2008 - or contact Paul Lackner by e-mail at plackner@myscladyblues.com or by phone at (608) 335-0887.

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« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2007, 12:43:19 PM »
The League don't hold their AGM until next month in Las Vegas so it's not certain yet that the divisions and club affiliations will stay fixed. At this stage it looks as if the League has only lost one team, albeit a huge one. FC Indiana (Mid West Conference champions and overall League champions) have packed their bags to go off and join the W-League.

Several new clubs look set to join the League for the new season. League press releases have confirmed the details for two new clubs in the North Division of the Eastern Conference - Maine Tide and Millburn Magic. Similarly details have been published for the Thomasville Dragons who will join the South Conference.

There appear to be three other teams set to join the fray for the 2008 summer season but the publicity on these seems muted so far. Memphis Mercury are set to join the Mid West Conference and two new clubs are lined up for the West Conference - Los Angeles Rampage and West Coast (based in Laguna).

If they all make the starting line that would leave the West and North East with 10 clubs each and the remaining four divisions still with smaller club set-ups, the South West being the smallest with only five teams.
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« Reply #44 on: December 21, 2007, 05:47:35 AM »
Thanks for the comment. It's still frustrating how the media cover the women's game at national and local level. It's just as bad over here in England.

And interesting aside for you: Apparently, there's TWO teams in Thomasville that are claiming to be WPSL teams -- The Thomasville Dragnons and the Thomasville Lady Jackets FC. While the Dragons are the official WPSL team, the Lady Jackets are not. So, some how, some way, the two are feuding. Which is incredibly ridiculous considering T'ville has a population of about 25,000. They're both holding tryouts for their respective teams in January, so I'm dying to know how it will work out.
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« Reply #45 on: December 26, 2007, 11:07:58 AM »
Usually the League publicises it's new teams - I'll never get used to calling them franchises - as soon as they materialise. The Los Angeles Rampage don't seem to be have given this treatment yet but the arrival of isav17 on our forum stimulated me to at least see if the League had posted anything about the Rampage.

Los Angeles Rampage was created in May 2002 as a competitive soccer club, and in it's short existence it has sent teams to national championships, as well as players to ODP, and National team programs. The WPSL team will be the first women's team not only for the club, but in the San Fernando Valley. Club President, Stuart Cohen believes the timing is great for a WPSL franchise in the San Fernando Valley, as there are many talented players who need a top level environment to compete. Los Angeles Rampage WPSL will play its home games in Granada Hills at John Elway Stadium (Granada Hills Charter High School), and will feature some local players as well as top college players from across the nation and some international players.

One of the coaches has an English connection. Russell Finch, an Assistant Coach, was originally from Southampton and used to be a member of Fulham's coaching staff for their Soccer in the Community Programme.

Hopefully, as the season gets under way, we'll get some gossip from Los Angeles (and Thomasville!!) on the League just like we do on the Toppserien from a certain striker.

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« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2007, 12:07:09 AM »

Swear I ain't so big-headed as to think that anyone in the League actually reads the posts in this thread, but it just so happens they've now posted a news item on their site about the Rampage.

WPSL ARRIVES IN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

The Los Angeles Rampage will compete in the West Conference in Summer 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (12/26/07) - The Los Angeles Rampage has successfully acquired the rights to an expansion franchise in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) to begin competition in the West Conference for the Summer 2008 season. The club was created in May 2002 and in it's short existence has sent their member teams to national championships, as well as their players to Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) and National Team programs.

The WPSL team will be the first women's team not only for the club, but in the San Fernando Valley.

"I would like to welcome the Los Angeles Rampage and the San Fernando Valley to the league," said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli.

Club President Stuart Cohen believes the timing is great for a WPSL franchise in the San Fernando Valley, as there are many talented players who need a top level environment to compete.

"Los Angeles Rampage is excited to start competition in the WPSL in 2008," said Cohen. "Our club has been built on a solid foundation in the club soccer world since 2002. Coach Emanuel Martins has put together a tremendous staff and is looking forward to establishing a team that will challenge for a league title."

The Rampage has hired Emanuel Martins as their head coach, who is currently in his second year as the head coach for the women's soccer team at Los Angeles Mission College. Martins also served for two seasons as the men's assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona (Div. II - NCAA) and was the head coach at Sylmar High School for eight years. Emanuel coached Sylmar to an overall record of 101-54-22 and after recording a 1-13 record in the team's first season, he helped them to post two 20-win seasons and three league championships.

Martins was born in Portugal and moved to San Fernando in 1993 where he played soccer at Mission College. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona and also plans to pursue a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. Martins also holds a USSF National B Coaching License (April '07) and a USSF National C Coaching license (April '06). He was also a guest analyst on the KLCS Soccer Preview Show from 2000-2004 and has been selected for specialty soccer roles in TV commercials.

The Los Angeles Rampage will play their home games at John Elway Stadium (Granada Hills Charter High School) in Granada Hills, CA. The team will feature some local players as well as top college players from across the nation and some international players. Tryouts will be held December through March.

Los Angeles Rampage - a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization - believes that soccer is a beautiful game that should be fun. Their philosophy is that by creating a competitive environment within a family atmosphere, the players can most fully develop as athletes and people. Our coaches provide players with not only technical and tactical soccer skills, as well as fitness training, but also impart valuable life lessons that transcend the game of soccer.

For more information on the LA Rampage, visit their official website at http://www.rampagefc.com. The WPSL is now a 40-plus-team national women's soccer league with five conferences and is the highest level of women's soccer in the United States; while also holding the distinction of being one of the top leagues in the world.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=306

 

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« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2008, 10:38:27 PM »
A new Women's Premier Soccer League team is coming to the Monterey Bay this spring, and it's looking to fill out its roster with talented local athletes.

The Monterey Blues, which last month became a member of the WPSL, will hold its first open tryout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday - weather permitting - at the Monterey Peninsula College football stadium.

The Blues will consist of female athletes mostly playing collegiate soccer at University of California, Santa Cruz, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo; Santa Clara University, Stanford, California and San Francisco State among others.

Salinas High School graduate and CSUMB women's soccer player Mikaela Bozzo and Stevenson School girls coach Samantha Arthur have committed to play.

The Blues are managed by Keith Ullal and will be coached by long-time soccer coach and instructor Khalid Al-Rasheed.

The Women's Premier Soccer League is an independent national league focused on the development of highly competitive amateur women's soccer teams.

The Blues are one of 18 teams from California involved in the WPSL. The other Northern California teams include the California Storm of Sacramento, FC Sacramento Pride of Folsom, San Francisco Nighthawks and the Sonoma County FC Sol of Santa Rosa.

The Blues are scheduled to play an estimated eight home games at MPC this season. The complete schedule has not been finalized.

For more information on the tryout, call Ullal at 688-6434 or 331-0003 or e-mail him at keith@thefoodbank.org.

http://thecalifornian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080104/SPORTS/801040304/1006

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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2008, 03:27:38 PM »
The League have finally gotten round to posting the news that the 
Monterey Blues will be joining the Western Conference - posted by David last week. Their confirmation seems to be based on the same press release with much of the info identical to that in The Californian but for what it's worth:-

MONTEREY WILL HAVE THE WPSL "BLUES"

The Monterey Blues join the Los Angeles Rampage as new additions to the West Conference in 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (01/10/08) - The Santa Cruz and Monterey region can officially welcome a new top-level women's soccer team to their area, as the Monterey Blues will compete in the West Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the Summer 2008 season. The WPSL was formed in 1998 and is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) - the ruling body of soccer in the United States - and FIFA, the world's ruling body for soccer.

"We are thrilled to announce the formation of the Monterey Blues," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "They are building a great team and will be a great example of a community based program for the WPSL. We look forward to the success of the Monterey Blues and the growth of women's premier soccer in the Monterey, CA area."

"We are happy to be participating in the Women's Professional Soccer League for the 2008 season," said General Manager Keith Ullal. "This is a young team with players with varying skill level actively playing in college, high school and local adult women's soccer leagues. I expect to make this season exciting and fun for the players and especially for the competing teams who will get an opportunity to play in beautiful Monterey, CA and at the new Monterey Peninsula College stadium field."

The Monterey Blues will be coached by long-time soccer coach Khalid Al-Rasheed, who is a former Saudi Arabia National Team player who has coached at the collegiate, high school and club levels. It has also been announced that Xara Soccer will be the official equipment supplier for the Blues.

"Xara Soccer is proud to be working with the Monterey Blues in their inaugural WPSL season," said Alan Eltringham of Xara Soccer. "As a leader in women's soccer apparel Xara Soccer is excited to begin a long term relationship with the Blues and wishes Coach Khalid Al Rashid and Manager Ullal and his squad the very best of luck for 2008."

The Monterey Blues soccer team will consist of female athletes currently playing soccer for successful soccer programs such as Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Boston University, Harvard University among other elite collegiate programs. In addition, there will be an arsenal of alumni ready to tie up their cleats while young up-and-coming female soccer players in the area will be invited to try out for the team.

Tryout dates and locations will be announced and all interested players should immediately contact Keith Ullal of the Monterey Blues by phone at 831-688-6434 (H), 831-722-7110 ext. 214 (O), 831-331-0003 (C) or by email at keith@thefoodbank.org.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=309

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« Reply #49 on: January 18, 2008, 09:30:49 PM »
WPSL COMING TO THE O.C.

Orange County will host West Coast F.C. & USC star Amy Rodriguez  beginning Summer 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (01/18/08) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce that West Coast F.C has been awarded rights to a franchise in one of the top leagues in the world starting this upcoming summer. The WPSL now has over 40 teams competing in 6 conferences across the United States and WCFC will be amongst three new organizations in the revamped, 11-team West for the Summer 2008 season.

"We are so excited to have a team from Orange County, California join the WPSL," said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "Orange County is an area that has produced some of best U.S. National Team Players as well as college standouts. With thousands of young women playing soccer in Orange County, we are expecting amazing things from this squad!"

"WCFC is commited to signing the best of the best soccer role models to represent Orange County," said coach Platini Soaf. "Our mission is to provide our community the highest level of women's soccer competition as well as entertainment for soccer fans."

"The young women who will play for this team have proven to be both leaders on the soccer field and in life and will be great role models for young people," said coach Gus Castaneda. "We are looking forward to a great season!"

WCFC is one of the largest clubs in United States with 43 competitive teams for both boys and girls. Club President Rick Hough believes strongly that "this newly developed team will bring a top level environment of soccer to our youth players."

WCFC women's will feature local players, top college stars from across the United States as well as international players from Mexico and the U.S. Women's National Team Pool. Featured signings includes the likes of: USWNT Pool members Amy Rodriguez & Rachel Buehler, Mexican WNT star Iris Mora, Nicole Scheid of Cal State Fullerton and UCLA's Whitney Jones Pridham.

As she displayed with a pair of goals against UCLA in the 2007 College Cup National Semifinal, University of Southern California junior Amy Rodriguez is a world-class threat capable of creating her own goals - not only for the eventual NCAA Champions but on the international level, too. Rodriguez got the USWNT off to a good start in 2008, scoring her first two international goals in a 4-0 win over Canada on January 16th at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

Registering her sixth cap for the senior side, Rodriguez earned her first-ever start for the U.S. in the opening match. The USWNT will now face Finland in the next match of the Four Nations Tournament on Jan. 18, with the final game of the competition against host China & 2007 West Conference MVP Ouying Zhang (San Diego) on Jan. 20.

Rodriguez is coming off a phenomenal junior season at USC as she was the team's leading scorer in 2007 with 10 goals, was named the Offensive MVP of the College Cup and was also selected First Team NSCAA All-America. Recently, she was named the UMBRO/Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year, alongside regional winners & WPSL stars in New England's Meghan Schnur (UConn), Long Island's Sue Weber (Hofstra) and River Cities F.C.'s Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M).

WCFC Management will be proud to share with everyone in the community a variety of photos after each game, and in addition, players will be available for autographs. For tryout information before May 1st, you can contact General Manager Dana McElory by phone at 714-296-4895 or by e-mail at Dmcelroysoccer@aol.com, or the coaching staff Platini Soaf (858-518-4729) & Gus Castaneda (760-525-5159).

Team information and schedules will be posted on the official website of West Coast F.C. at www.westcoastfc.org. The WPSL is now a 40-plus-team national women's soccer league with five conferences and is the highest level of women's soccer in the United States; while also holding the distinction of being one of the top leagues in the world.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=310

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« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2008, 11:37:30 AM »
There have been several announcements of new teams starting up for the 2008 season but the biggest stories have come out of the Mid-West. First of all League Championship holders FC Indiana decided to join the rival W-League and now out of St.Louis comes the news that River Cities Futbol, the other top team in the area, have decided to cease operations.  :o

Not much detail as to why. I suppose with the franchise system that operates in the States it's possible that there's a lot of regrouping going on in advance of the relaunch of the professional league in 2009.

RCFC Ceases Operation

Sunday, January 20, 2008

River Cities FC of the St. Louis area spent just two seasons in the WSPL. As of January 1 2008 RCFC has decided to cease operations. The ladies of RCFC have made a huge and immediate impact on the world national and local soccer scene. Their accomplishments are listed below and are highlighted by a 2 year undefeated home record 2006 National Finalist 2007 Co-Regular Season Midwest Division Championship and much more. RCFC would like to thank all of their fans supporters partners players parents and staff for making the past 2 seasons memorable.

The ladies of RCFC are sad for the team to come to an end. However they are very eager for the 2009 season when the WSii will come to St. Louis!
 
http://www.rivercitiesfc.com/page.asp?page_id=news_more&refinc=modules/mod_news.asp&id=50


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« Reply #51 on: January 31, 2008, 01:01:45 PM »
No news yet from the League's Annual General Meeting on their main newspage but their website marks up another new team and this one's from Puerto Rico , who look set to play in the South Conference.

Puerto Rico Capitals FC Joins the WPSL

The Puerto Rico Capitals FC announced today (27th Jan) that they will be joining the WPSL, effective for the 2008 season.
 
About the Team: The Puerto Rico Capitals FC will join the WPSL for the 2008 season, and are the first team outside the mainland US to play in the league.  The club will begin operations with a senior WPSL team and a junior U-17 developmental squad this spring.  Dedicated to the long-term development of girls and women's soccer in Puerto Rico, the Capitals plan to field rosters that highlight Puerto Rican natives and players of Puerto Rican heritage.

http://www.wpsl.info/capitals/indexn.php?cat=2&id=314
 

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« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2008, 01:47:39 AM »
The League have finally posted the news on the arrival of the Puerto Rico Capitals within the W.P.S.L.

PUERTO RICO CAPITALS F.C. JOIN WPSL IN 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (01/31/08) - The Executive Board of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce the approval of the franchise application of the Puerto Rico Capitals. The P.R. Capitals F.C. will be a part of one of the top-rated leagues in the world of women's soccer starting in Summer 2008, competing in the South Conference.

The inclusion of the new Puerto Rico organization in the WPSL is a moment of history for the sport in this country, as they will be the first-ever women's soccer side who is not based on the North American continent to compete for a U.S. national title.

"The Puerto Rico Capitals represent our first expansion outside the continental United States," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "They have their own Federation and we are eager to be working with them in developing the women's game."

The main reason why a team based out of Puerto Rico has not been formed up to this juncture in the sport is simple - the finances of travel for both the home side & their opponents - and the league believes that this organization has firmly addressed that issue.

"We are excited to expand the WPSL into Puerto Rico," said Associate Commissioner Joe Ferrara. "The Capitals organization presented a financial package to the teams in the South Conference, which made it easier for teams to travel off the mainland."

The Capitals front office is busy finalizing the details on the head coach, sponsorship packages and home pitch for next season. Club President Luis Murphy believes the timing is great for a WPSL franchise in Puerto Rico, as there are many talented players who need a top level environment to compete.

"The organization has planned to develop the Capitals U-17 Girl's Team, Jr. Capitals and the PR Capitals Girl's Soccer Summer Camp," said Murphy, whose organization participated in the WPSL Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas this past weekend.

The Capitals objectives are: to provide a playing opportunity for the women's soccer players from Puerto Rico to play in the highest level of competition; to enhance the female athlete as role models for the youth; and, to increase the quality soccer to all levels of the Puerto Rico community and to youth programs.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=316

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« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2008, 12:52:00 PM »
The league has announced that Ohio Premier has entered into the Midwest Conference for this upcoming Summer 2008 season. Ohio Premier is based in the Columbus/Dublin area of Ohio and will play their home matches at Dublin Scioto High School, which has a spectacular stadium and field turf playing surface.



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« Reply #54 on: March 17, 2008, 01:04:20 PM »
PENNSYLVANIA "FIRED UP" FOR MORE WPSL ACTION

Third side joins East's Mid-Atlantic Division as the Inferno will be based in Lancaster

SACRAMENTO, CA (03/14/08) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce that the Lancaster Inferno women's soccer team has been offered acceptance into the Mid-Atlantic Division of the East Conference for this upcoming Summer 2008 season. The Lancaster Inferno is a brand new women's amateur soccer team based in Lancaster, PA - the third from the "State Of Independence" in the WPSL - and will attract the highest quality female soccer players from multiple counties in and around Central Pennsylvania.

"We have been in contact with the organizers of the Lancaster team for some time and are thrilled to see them finally come into the league," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "The addition of a quality team like the Inferno demonstrates the league's continued growth on the East Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic Region specifically."

The Lancaster Inferno inaugural team will coached by Doug Harris, Amber Spell and Joe Longenecker and will play its home games at Hempfield High School's new artificial turf complex in East Hempfield Township.

"The quality of women's soccer in this area has been on the rise for quite some time," said Harris. "We are very excited about being able to showcase, all on one team, some of the best female players to ever play in the area. The level of soccer played in the WPSL is the best that our country currently has to offer for women and we are privileged to now be a part of that. Not only will this prove to be a great experience for our players but I do believe that the community will thoroughly enjoy the style and quality of soccer coming to Lancaster."

The Lancaster Inferno continues to receive verbal and written commitments from players around the area. Administrators for the team will be working through the coming months to finalize the roster and other game day details that will be sure to make its inaugural year a success.

The Inferno will be playing home and away matches with each team in the Mid-Atlantic Division and will face some of the best teams in the league including defending 2006 Champion Long Island Fury. In addition to the Fury, the Inferno will play games through the middle of July against A.C. Diablos (NJ), the CDSA Future (DE), Northampton Laurels (PA), the New York Athletic Club (NY), the Philadelphia Liberty (PA) and the Millburn Magic (NJ).

The Lancaster Inferno 12-game 2008 WPSL regular season kicks-off on Saturday, May 18th at home against Millburn. For more information about how to become a team member or a volunteer with the Lancaster Inferno, contact Doug Harris at 717-572-4167 or Steve Klein at 717-214-6895.

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« Reply #55 on: March 25, 2008, 02:12:41 PM »
TUCSON-BASED ARIZONA RUSH JOINS WPSL

Playing out of University of Arizona's Murphey Stadium, the Rush will be part of the expanding Southwest Conference

SACRAMENTO, CA (03/22/08) - The Southwest has heated up as the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) proudly announces the acceptance of the Arizona Rush for this upcoming Summer 2008 season. This most recent addition to the already extremely competitive Southwest Conference has created a considerable buzz throughout the regional soccer community.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Arizona Rush and it's national following to the league," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "Rush's reputation with the development and advancement of its youth players is well-known throughout the country and we anticipate the same degree of distinction with this team. Bringing an established women's club team with the reputation of Arizona Rush into the league further confirms the sustained growth of the WPSL."
 
Chris Fernandez, Chris Hospedales, Dalton Kaufman, and Sean Ochoa will coach the Arizona Rush. This highly experienced staff has demonstrated its steadfast determination to immediately field an exceptionally competitive squad.

Arizona Rush has received multiple commitments from highly touted present and former Division 1 players as well as several players with international experience. The coaches and administrators intend to finalize the roster by early April.

"To state we are excited about this team is an understatement," said Fernandez. "We recognize that the WPSL is the highest level of women's soccer in the country, so our coaching staff has been working furiously over the past few months to secure player commitments from very experienced and proven athletes.

"Our club affiliation with Nike and Eurosport has further strengthened our capacity to recruit throughout the region. Our initial goal is not only to compete at the highest level, but to provide the community of Tucson with a championship caliber women's premier team in an enjoyable, family oriented environment."
 
Arizona Rush will play its home games at the University of Arizona's Murphey Stadium. The immaculate grass pitch, coupled with the University's modern stadium seating, will create a competitive and enjoyable atmosphere for Rush, the community of Tucson and the WPSL.

"Rush players will surely benefit from the top-notch facilities," said Hospedales. "But there is no doubt the Rush supporters will find the intimate game-day environment equally special. Cheering the home team on a warm desert evening is something Rush fans and families will find truly enjoyable."

Rush will be competing in the Southwest Conference, playing in 14-18 games per season. In addition to Arizona Rush, conference teams include the Albuquerque Lady Asylum, Colorado Springs United, Denver Diamonds, Fort Worth (TX), North Arizona, South Select (TX), Utah Spiders and Vitesse Dallas.

The WPSL season will run from May 1st through August 1st. The league championship tournament is played the last weekend of July. For more information about becoming a team member or volunteer for Arizona Rush, contact Chris Fernandez at (562) 500-4283 or visit their official website at http://www.arizonarush.com.
 
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« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2008, 02:16:31 PM »
BREVARD COUNTY COCOA EXPOS BLAST INTO WPSL

Summer 2008 will see "Space Coast" representation in the South Conference

SACRAMENTO, CA (03/24/08) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce that the Brevard County Cocoa Expos have been awarded rights to a franchise in one of the top leagues in the world starting this Summer 2008 season. The Expos will be one of four new women's soccer teams based in the South Conference of the WPSL.

"We are so excited to have the Brevard County Cocoa Expos as one of our newest franchises to join the WPSL," said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "We have always felt that their club, on and off the field, met the high standards of the WPSL, and have no doubt that they will match the excellence already displayed by many of our clubs. We are expecting amazing things from this organization."

Head Coach & Executive Director James Kryger announced the new franchise affiliation with the WPSL to the community this week and added his feelings about the organization joining the WPSL.

"Since 1994, the Brevard County Expos franchise has been synonymous with success and an unmatched level of professionalism," said Kryger. "There's a great winning tradition in Brevard County and we know the fans are very passionate about this game and it's something we're very passionate about as well. There is no better time to bring the highest level of women's soccer back to the Space Coast."

Kryger feels strongly about the objective of this club.

"Bringing a top level women's team to the community is a wonderful thing for Space Coast soccer and for the youth in the area, but it is now time to take our commitment to bettering our community to the next level," said Kryger, who encourages parents to bring their youngsters to the games and to stay around after the final whistle for post game signings. "Our ladies will not only showcase some of the best soccer in the world but will also provide our communities younger players with positive role models, something I think is greatly absent in today's society.

"We want our players to be directly connected with the players of tomorrow - providing them with leadership, vision and soccer based support."

The Expos make the jump from the USL W-League Atlantic Division, which they were a member of the last two years and undoubtedly own one of the best franchise starts in W-League history. Coach Kryger is happy with the move to the WPSL.

"The move for us away from the W-League and into one of the world's best leagues - the WPSL - was an easy decision," said Kryger. "We feel very confidently that the competition and rivalries that a Florida based division will attract is influential in the overall development of our players and in attracting the best women's soccer to the fields of Brevard County."

The WPSL provides a great opportunity for some of the greatest female players in the U.S. and abroad to showcase their talent.

"An argument can be made that the beach and soccer are two of the greatest things we have going for us these days, and Brevard County is lucky enough to have them both," said Kryger. "I am looking forward to the challenges and celebrations that come with this opportunity and am excited to be associated with the WPSL, a world class organization."

The Brevard County Cocoa Expos will kick off their season with a home opener on Sunday, May 24th versus Miami Kickers F.C. The Cocoa Expos will play home games in Brevard County and at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center, a premier athletic training and special event center.

The Brevard County Cocoa Expos WPSL team is sponsored by the Cocoa Expo Sports Center - a 70 acre sports and special events center. Since 1986, The Cocoa Expo Center hosts over one thousand sports teams annually. For more information about the team or to learn about player trials please contact James Kryger by phone at 321-639-3976 (ext. 15) or by email at cocoaexpos@cocoaexpo.com. You can also visit their official website at http://www.cocoaexposoccer.com.
 
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« Reply #57 on: April 09, 2008, 11:42:20 PM »
WPSL SOCCER COMING TO DALLAS

Vitesse Dallas will compete in the Southwest Conference this summer

SACRAMENTO, CA (03/26/08) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is proud to announce that Vitesse Dallas will be one of the newest franchises in the one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world this Summer 2008 season. The Dallas Metroplex Area is the second largest youth soccer market in the country and one of the strongest for girls and women's soccer.

The team will be coached by Robert Podeyn, the current women's soccer coach at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, TX and former staff coach for AFC Ajax and its American affiliate. Coach Podeyn holds coaching degrees through the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), UEFA and English Football Association and is a former professional goalkeeper in the ASL.

Coach Podeyn maintains active ties with Dutch clubs in Holland, including Vitesse Arnhem. He has written numerous articles and has recently published his first book - "The Dutch 1:4:3:3 System".

"This is an exciting opportunity for Vitesse Dallas and for the Dallas Community to join the WPSL," said Podeyn. "Genesis Elite FC, our parent club, is focused on development and training and this is a great way for us to showcase some of Dallas' best women's soccer players against the best players in the country. We are excited and ready for the challenges of playing in the WPSL."

Vitesse Dallas is an organization dedicated towards showcasing the amazing talent of women's soccer in our area. The name of the organization reflects a commitment towards a certain philosophy and training style. We maintain a direct relationship with our youth partner - Genesis Elite FC - a club also dedicated to the same principles of development and training.

Vitesse is the name of one of the oldest and proudest Dutch professional clubs in the top professional league in Holland. Through our youth relationship, they have developed a professional exchange with this Dutch club for the purpose of improving and growing our young players and coaches.

This is a unique relationship not found anywhere in the country. The relationship involves their coaches travelling here to train and develop our players and coaches. It also involves our coaches travelling there to train, observe and develop within their environment; a truly unique situation not found with any other professional relationship in the country.

Vitesse Dallas celebrates this unique relationship through the creation of this new franchise. Current GEFC players will be eligible to tryout, along with other dedicated young female players. For more information on Vitesse Dallas, please visit our website at www.vitessedallas.com, or call us at 573-590-0871.

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« Reply #58 on: April 09, 2008, 11:45:23 PM »
WPSL SOCCER ARRIVES IN NORTHERN ARIZONA

The Cheetahs will compete in the Southwest Conference this summer

PRESCOTT, AZ (04/07/08) – The Northern Arizona United Cheetahs has been awarded a franchise in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for this upcoming Summer 2008 season and will compete in the Southwest Conference. The Cheetahs home field will be at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, and Northern Arizona is also looking to play one or two games in Flagstaff, AZ.

"I am excited to be a part of something that will greatly benefit youth soccer in Northern Arizona," said majority owner Buddy Rhodes. "This team will be excellent role models for young girls in our community."

Players for the Cheetahs will come from different universities around Arizona including Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Embry-Riddle and Grand Canyon. Other top universities such as Santa Clara, Stanford University and the University of San Diego will possibly provide players to the Cheetahs as well.

"I have known Orlando for a number of years from his time spent coaching collegiate, ODP and professional soccer in California," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "I am thrilled to see the WPSL expand further into Arizona. With Orlando's experience and Northern Arizona's extremely qualified investors, I know that the franchise will be able to compete immediately. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth of the league in this new market."

Head Coach and General Manager Orlando Cervantes is currently the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Embry-Riddle University (NAIA) in Prescott. Prior to his stay at ERAU, he was the head coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA where he led a previously struggling squad to a second place finish in the Cal. Pac. Conference and a national ranking of #19 in the country. He has also spent time as an assistant at San Jose State (NCAA Div. 1) on both the women's and men's teams - helping each qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Orlando holds a USSF "A" License and an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. He has experience in coaching at the professional level in the United Soccer Leagues and is excited about what the Cheetahs will have to offer to the area's soccer scene.

"The Northern Arizona Cheetahs will provide entertaining soccer at affordable prices," said Cervantes. "It is a great event for families to attend on those beautiful summer nights in northern Arizona!"

Open tryouts for the Cheetahs will be held in mid-April. For information on tryouts, you can contact Head Coach Orlando Cervantes by phone at 925-323-5425.

The Northern Arizona Cheetahs' first game will be on May 31st against the Albuquerque Lady Asylum in New Mexico. Their first home game is scheduled for June 29th against the Utah Spiders. For more information on the Cheetahs, visit their official website at http://www.cheetahssoccer.com.

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« Reply #59 on: April 17, 2008, 12:47:08 PM »
SOUTH SELECT TABBED AS WPSL FRANCHISE

New team based out of Houston will compete in re-vamped Southwest Conference

SACRAMENTO, CA (04/15/08) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has returned once again to the South Texas area. The South Select will be based out of Houston, TX and this upcoming Summer 2008 campaign will try to establish itself in the highest level of women's soccer in not only Texas - but the world.

"We're excited to continue the expansion of our league into Texas," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "With the inclusion of South Select, it should be an exciting season in the Southwest Conference."

The South Select Team will be led by South Texas U-23 Women's Select Team Head Coach David DeVerteuil. DeVerteuil possess knowledge of all levels of soccer, as he is a former Trinidad & Tobago Youth National player, Houston Hotshot professional soccer player and is now a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" License coach.

The South Texas Women's State Team under Deverteuil were 2003 Region III Champions with a National Cup Final Four appearance at the Donnelly Cup and were Region III runner-ups in 2005 & 2006. They will compete in the re-vamped, two-division Southwest Conference this summer alongside teams based out of Dallas, Tulsa (OK) Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.

"I hope with the support of our top collegiate and club programs from Texas A & M, Rice, U of H, Baylor, UT and many others, we will further develop a soccer culture like no other," said DeVerteuil.

The city of Houston and its surrounding areas have shown that soccer is one of most popular sports. The South Select will try to plant the grass roots of elite women's soccer here in Texas. With a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in the area, it is now a great opportunity for women's soccer to take form and be a role model for youth soccer players.

The 2008 campaign for South Select will comprise of players from the collegiate and club level. Tryout and game information will be posted soon. Please send player profile to daviddeverteuil@sbcglobal.net.
 
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