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Title: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on April 04, 2007, 02:57:41 PM
The 2007 season gets under way next month. Latest info on make up of the League's conferences is as follows.

EAST-NORTH CONFERENCE
Adirondack Lynx
Bay State Select
Boston Aztecs
Long Island Fury
Massachusetts Stingers
New England Mutiny
New York Athletic Club
SoccerPlus Connecticut  (new club)

EAST-MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Atlantic City Diablos
Central Delaware SA Future
Maryland Pride
Northampton Laurels
Philadelphia Liberty (renamed or new?)
Real Shore FC  (new club)

MIDWEST CONFERENCE
Chicago United Breeze (new club)
Columbus Blast (new club)
FC Indiana
FC St. Louis
FC Twente3 IL  (new club)
River Cities Futbol Club

SOUTH CONFERENCE
Central Florida Stikers
Miami Kickers F.C. (new club or renamed?)
Orlando Falcons
Palm Beach United
Tampa Bay Elite

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE
Alburquerque Lady Asylum (new team)
Colorado Springs United (renamed Sabres)
Denver Diamonds
Rush Salt Lake City (new team)
Utah Spiders

WEST CONFERENCE
Ajax America
California Storm
Claremont Stars  (new team)
FC Sacramento Pride
Lamorinda East Bay Power
San Diego WFC SeaLions
San Francisco Nighthawks
Sonoma County FC Sol
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: BillyBoy on April 04, 2007, 08:58:18 PM
You have to like these team names. I wonder who thought of "Alburquerque Lady Asylum" as a team name? Does asylum have the same historical meaning in the US as it does in Britain?  :)

If the women's game in England ever switches to a summer game I wonder if they will "Jazz up" the team names?  ;D
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on April 04, 2007, 11:44:11 PM
You have to like these team names. I wonder who thought of "Alburquerque Lady Asylum" as a team name? Does asylum have the same historical meaning in the US as it does in Britain?  :)

If the women's game in England ever switches to a summer game I wonder if they will "Jazz up" the team names?  ;D

Hope not - I still can't tell my Wigan Wasps from my Wigan Warriors. It's even reached cricket - Kent Spitfires etc. Let's stick with good old Stanley from Accrington and the like!
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on April 12, 2007, 05:48:10 PM
Another team has joined the League's Midwest Conference for the coming season.

Northern Indiana Ambition

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on April 28, 2007, 09:07:30 PM
WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER TO RETURN IN 2008

WPSL connections abound with WSII mission to right the wrongs of the WUSA

SACRAMENTO, CA (04/24/07) - After the Women's Soccer Initiative, Inc.'s initial announcement in February of the return of professional women's soccer to the United States in 2008, WSII CEO Tonya Antonucci released this past week the completion of the proposed eight-team format with the addition of teams in Boston and New York/New Jersey. Two of the eight teams already have connections with the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) while the lead persona herself has spent her share of time in what is currently considered one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world.

"The WPSL is pleased to support the new women's professional league, as we supported the old WUSA," said California Storm owner and WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "Tonya brings exceptional leadership and dedication to the new organization. Our teams are preparing current players for the WSII."

Zanelli should know, as Antonucci - the former General Manager of Yahoo! Sports - played in the WPSL with the Storm and later operated a WPSL team out of Palo Alto, CA. More connections abound as Peter Wilt, the G.M. of the 2005 WPSL National Champions in F.C. Indiana, will be one of the partners in the Chicago franchise while Jeff Cooper, owner of the WPSL's River Cities F.C. team that made it to the National Final last season, will be the lead investor in St. Louis.

"This is an important benchmark in the process to bring high-level professional women's soccer back to North America," said Antonucci. "We have taken both the lessons and the successes of the WUSA and applied them to create a business model that makes good economic sense."

"We look forward to working with the Women's Soccer Initiative to build a true grassroots program and to help promote and support the sport of women's soccer," said New England Mutiny owner and WPSL Associate Commissioner Joe Ferrara.

The new league is built on a traditional franchise model and will play its games in stadiums designed specifically for soccer. According to Antonucci, this will give the teams an important head-start, providing opportunities to generate and retain more revenue while better showcasing the sport.

In creating the league, WSII will also build partnerships with established soccer and sports marketing organizations. The league is currently in negotiations with Major League Soccer's marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, to represent its national sponsorship and marketing assets.

"There's a tremendous upswing in women's collegiate soccer, particularly in our market," said Cooper. "Combined with the coming bump in media coverage and public interest during the FIFA Women's World Cup [being held in China this September], this just makes sense. It's a good proposition for all involved."

The league's planned Chicago franchise is an example of how other teams around the country might be structured. The franchise is a partnership between former Chicago Fire President and General Manager in Wilt, F.C. Indiana and the 15,000-member Illinois Women's Soccer League (IWSL). Included in the group are Gary Weaver and Shek Borkowski, co-owners of F.C. Indiana and other Chicago based investors.

The Chicago partnership announced that IWSL would provide the franchise more than 5,000 season ticket equivalents. The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG, the primary sponsor of the Los Angeles franchise) and the Village of Bridgeview have partnered with this partnership to bring professional women's soccer to Toyota Park, home of MLS' Chicago Fire.

"The Chicago area is such a strong soccer market and WSII is excited about the opportunity to see women's professional soccer flourish and grow for the fans in that region," said Antonucci. "Peter and his team have the expertise, and have built a solid and achievable business model to ensure that an interested lead investor will come forward and own one of the star Franchises in the new league."

"This League has gone to school on the successes and the failures of the WUSA and has created a business model that makes more sense," said Wilt. "The new business model has significantly reduced overhead and is taking advantage of synergies with the new generation of soccer centric stadia and existing professional men's teams. Partnering with Toyota Park will allow the team to grow financially and showcase the sport in an appropriate sized venue.

"Unlike the first effort for a professional women's soccer league in this country, this time the league is reaching out to existing professional men's teams to partner with on marketing, sales, promotional and operational platforms. We plan to reach out to the Fire in hopes of taking advantage of these synergies, which will reduce overhead and maximize revenue generation."

The partnership with the IWSL makes the youth and adult soccer league equity partners in the team. The IWSL will build in ticket vouchers to all members' registrations, which - when combined with projected companion ticket purchases - will provide more than 50,000 fans over the team's ten-game home schedule at Toyota Park or an average of more than 5,000 tickets per game.

The WSII (www.wsii.org) is a non-profit organization backed by grants from the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Soccer Foundation. The organization was founded to build a new business plan to relaunch women's professional soccer in the United States. Eight ownership groups have signed letters of intent to launch teams in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey/New York, Boston and a market to be named later.

The Central Florida Strikers of the South Conference will host the WPSL Final Four this July 28-29 at Strikers Stadium at the David Maus Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, FL. In the WPSL, the host team does not automatically qualify for the Final Four. Representatives from the re-vamped North, Midwest, South, Southwest & West Conferences will fight it out this postseason for the right to claim their team as the best of the best in the United States.

The West and Midwest Conference regular season champions will receive automatic bids, while the East, South and Southwest Conferences will undergo knock-out rounds for the remaining two Final Four berths.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=178
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 17, 2007, 12:29:09 PM
Week 1

Saturday 12th May

North East Division
Bay State Select 1 Soccerplus Connecticut 1

South West Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 4 Utah Spiders 2
Denver Diamonds 3 Colorafo Springs United 1

West Division
California Storm 0 Ajax 3
Claremont Stars 2 San Diego Sealions 1

Sunday 13th May

West Division
Sacramento Pride 4 San Francisco Nighthawks 3


Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: BillyBoy on May 17, 2007, 05:30:26 PM
Good to see the asylum ladies are off to a winning start.

Do you have any links to tables for these leagues so that we can follow them a bit better? Although I suppose I could do a search...
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 18, 2007, 01:12:28 AM
Good to see the asylum ladies are off to a winning start.

Do you have any links to tables for these leagues so that we can follow them a bit better? Although I suppose I could do a search...

Last weekend was the first weekend for W.P.S.L. games and for the rival W-League and not all the divisions have started yet. I'll try to post something useful as soon as the season is a bit further under way.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 22, 2007, 12:40:20 AM
Week 2

Saturday 19th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 0 Real Shore 1

Midwest Division
St. Louis 0 River Cities Futbol 11

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 2 Adirondack Lynx 1
Long Island Fury 1 Massachusetts Stingers 0
Soccerplus Connecticut 4 New York Athletic 1

South West Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 6 Denver Diamonds 0

Sunday 20th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 1 Philadephia Liberty 3

West Division
California Storm 4 Sacramento Pride 0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 29, 2007, 10:43:11 AM
Week 3

Saturday 26th May

Mid-Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 2 Central Delaware SA Future 2

South Division
Palm Beach United 4 Miami Kickers 0

West Division
Lamorinda East Bay Power 6 Sacramento Pride 0
Sonoma County Sol 1 California Storm 2

Sunday 27th May

West Division
California Storm 2 San Francisco Nighthawks 1
Sonoma County Sol 5 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0

Monday 28th May

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 1 FC Indiana 4

West Division
San Francisco Nighthawks 2 Lamorinda East Bay Power 2
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 04, 2007, 12:26:12 PM
Another team has joined the League's Midwest Conference for the coming season.

Northern Indiana Ambition

Not enough ambition, I'm afraid - they've folded without playing a League game.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 04, 2007, 06:52:56 PM
Week 4

Wednesday 30th May

North East Division
New York Athletic 0 Long Island Fury 2

Saturday 2nd June

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 3 Central Delaware SA Future 2

Midwest Division
FC Indiana 2 River Cities Futbol 0

North East Division
Bay State Select 1 New England Mutiny 5
Massachusetts Stingers 3 Boston Aztecs 1
Soccerplus Connecticut 2 Adirondack Lynx 1

South West Division
Rush Salt Lake City 0 Denver Diamonds 1
Utah Spiders 7 Colorado Springs United 0

West Division
Ajax 5 Sacramento Pride 0
California Storm 2 Claremont Stars 0
Lamorinda East Bay Power 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 4
San Diego Sealions 3 Sonoma County Sol 2

Sunday 3rd June

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 1 Philadephia Liberty 0

South Division
Miami Kickers 1 Orlando Falcons 3

South West Division
Rush Salt Lake City 3 Colorado Springs United 0
Utah Spiders 4 Denver Diamonds 0

West Division
Ajax 3 Sonoma County Sol 0
Lamorinda East Bay Power 0 Claremont Stars 5
San Diego Sealions 6 Sacramento Pride 0
San Francisco Nighthawks 1 California Storm 5
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 04, 2007, 08:13:52 PM
West Division
(up to 03.06.2007)
1 California Storm                    6   5   0   1   15-6   15
2 Ajax                                    3   3   0   0   11-0    9
3 San Diego Sealions               3   2   0   1   10-4    6
4 Claremont Stars                    3   2   0   1    7-3    6
5 San Francisco Nighthawks      5   1   1   3   11-14    4
6 Lamorinda East Bay Power     5   1   1   3    9-16    4
7 Sonoma County Sol              4   1   0   3    8-8    3
8 Sacramento Pride                 5   1   0   4    4-24   3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 11, 2007, 09:46:53 PM
Week 5

Friday 8th June

South Division
Tampa Bay Elite 2 Orlando Falcons 1

Saturday 9th June

Midwest Division
River Cities Futbol 1 F.C. Indiana 0

North East Division
New England Mutiny 5 New York Athletic 0
Soccerplus Connecticut 1 Massachusetts Stingers 3

South Division
Orlando Falcons 1 Miami Kickers 1

South West Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0 Rush Salt Lake City 2

West Division
Claremont Stars 5 Sacramento Pride 0
Lamorinda East Bay Power 0 San Diego Sealions 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 1 Ajax 2

Sunday 10th June

South Division
Central Florida Strikers 3 Miami Kickers 1

West Division
Lamorinda East Bay Power 2 Ajax 3
San Francisco Nighthawks 2 San Diego Sealions 2

Monday 11th June

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 4 Chicago United Breeze 1
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 11, 2007, 10:04:14 PM
South West Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1   Utah Spiders                     3   2   0   1   13-4    6
2   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   3   2   0   1   10-4    6
3   Rush Salt Lake City            3   2   0   1    5-1    6
4   Denver Diamonds              4   2   0   2    4-11    6
5   Colorado Springs United     3   0   0   3    1-13    0

West Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1 Ajax                                    5   5   0   0   16-3    15
2 California Storm                    6   5   0   1   15-6   15
3 San Diego Sealions               5   3   1   1   13-6    10
4 Claremont Stars                    4   3   0   1   12-3    9
5 San Francisco Nighthawks      7   1   2   4   14-18    5
6 Lamorinda East Bay Power     7   1   1   5   11-20    4
7 Sonoma County Sol              4   1   0   3    8-8    3
8 Sacramento Pride                 6   1   0   5    4-29   3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 18, 2007, 10:10:02 PM
Week 6

Thursday 14th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 1 Atlantic City Diablos 4

Friday 15th June

North East Division
Long Island Fury 1 Soccerplus Connect 1

Saturday 16th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 1 Maryland Pride 0

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 2 Bay State Select 0
New England Mutiny 1 Long Island Fury 1

South Division
Central Florida Strikers 7 Orlando Falcons 0
Palm Beach United 1 Tampa Bay Elite 1

South West Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 4 Colorado Springs United 0

West Division
California Storm 0 San Diego Sealions 2
Sonoma County Sol 1 Claremont Stars 1

Sunday 17th June

South Division
Orlando Falcons 1 Palm Beach United 2

West Division
Lamorinda East Bay Power 2 Sonoma County Sol 3
Sacramento Pride 0 San Diego Sealions 11
San Francisco Nighthawks 1 Claremont Stars 1
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 18, 2007, 11:51:57 PM
South Division
(up to 17.06.2007)

1   Palm Beach United         3   2   1   0     7-  2   7
2   Central Florida Strikers   2   2   0   0   10-  1   6
3   Tampa Bay Elite            2   1   1   0     3-  2   4
4   Orlando Falcons            5   1   1   3     6-13   4
5   Miami Kickers               4   0   1   3     3-11   1

South West Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   4   3   0   1   14-4    9
2  Utah Spiders                     3   2   0   1   13-4    6
3  Rush Salt Lake City            3   2   0   1    5-1    6
4  Denver Diamonds              4   2   0   2    4-11    6
5  Colorado Springs United     4   0   0   4    1-17    0

West Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1 San Diego Sealions               7   5   1   1   26-6    16
2 Ajax                                    5   5   0   0   16-3    15
3 California Storm                    7   5   0   2   15-8   15
4 Claremont Stars                    6   3   2   1   14-5    11
5 Sonoma County Sol              6   2   1   3    12-11    7
6 San Francisco Nighthawks      8   1   3   4   15-19    6
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power     8   1   1   6   13-23    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 7   1   0   6    4-40   3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: David on June 26, 2007, 11:10:46 PM
JUNE 23RD
7:00 PM   Central Delaware SA Future   1 - 4   Atlantic City Diablos

WEEK SEVEN

JUNE 16TH
7:00 PM   California Storm   0 - 2   San Diego WFC SeaLions
7:00 PM   Palm Beach United   1 - 1   Tampa Bay Elite

JUNE 15TH
6:00 PM   Adirondack Lynx   2 - 0   Real Shore FC

JUNE 13TH
7:00 PM   Central Delaware SA Future   1 - 4   Atlantic City Diablos
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 27, 2007, 10:25:05 AM
Week 7

Friday 22nd June
 
North East Division
Long Island Fury 4 Adirondack Lynx 2

Saturday 23rd June

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 3 FC St. Louis 1

North East Division
New York Athletic 0 Adirondack Lynx 4

South Division
Miami Kickers 0 Palm Beach United 3
Orlando Falcons 0 Tampa Bay Elite 7

West Division
Ajax 2 San Diego Sealions 0
Claremont Stars 2 California Storm 2

Sunday 24th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Maryland Pride 1 Northampton Laurels 2

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 4 FC St. Louis 3
FC Twente3 Illinois 0 River Cities Futbol 2

South Division
Central Florida Strikers 0 Tampa Bay Elite 1

West Division
Claremont Stars 0 Sonoma County Sol 0
San Diego Sealions 1 Ajax 2

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 29, 2007, 10:29:07 AM
Midwest Division
(up to 24.06.2007)

1  River Cities Futbol          4   3   0   1   14- 2   9
2  FC Indiana                    3   2   0   1     6- 2   6
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        4   2   0   2     8- 8   6
4  Chicago United Breeze   2   1   0   1     5- 7   3
5  FC St. Louis                 3   0   0   3     4-18   0

South Division
(up to 24.06.2007)

1   Tampa Bay Elite            4   3   1   0    11-  2  10
2   Palm Beach United         4   3   1   0    10-  2  10
3   Central Florida Strikers   3   2   0   1   10-  2   6
4   Orlando Falcons            6   1   1   4     6-20   4
5   Miami Kickers               5   0   1   4     3-14   1

South West Division
(up to 24.06.2007)
1  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   4   3   0   1   14-4    9
2  Utah Spiders                     3   2   0   1   13-4    6
3  Rush Salt Lake City            3   2   0   1    5-1    6
4  Denver Diamonds              4   2   0   2    4-11    6
5  Colorado Springs United     4   0   0   4    1-17    0

West Division
(up to 24.06.2007)
1 Ajax                                    7   7   0   0   20-4    21
2 San Diego Sealions               9   5   1   3   27-9    16
3 California Storm                    8   5   1   2   17-10   16
4 Claremont Stars                    8   3   4   1   16-7    13
5 Sonoma County Sol              7   2   2   3    12-11    8
6 San Francisco Nighthawks      8   1   3   4   15-19    6
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power     8   1   1   6   13-23    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 7   1   0   6    4-40   3
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 04, 2007, 11:02:31 AM
Week 8

Wednesday 27th June

Midwest Division
FC Indiana 5 Chicago United Breeze 0

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 2 Bay State Select 0

Thursday 28th June

Midwest Division
River Cities Futbol 8 FC St. Louis 0

Friday 29th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 2 Real Shore 0

Midwest Division
FC Indiana 5 FC Twente3 Illinois 1

South Division
Palm Beach United 1 Central Florida Strikers 2

West Division
San Diego Sealions 3 San Francisco Nighthawks 0

Saturday 30th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 0 Northampton Laurels 2

North East Division
Bay State Select 1 New York Athletic 2
Boston Aztecs 0 New England Mutiny 0

South Division
Miami Kickers 2 Central Florida Strikers 2
Tampa Bay Elite 3 Palm Beach United 2

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 1 Denver Diamonds 4
Utah Spiders 2 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 1

West Division
Ajax 11 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
California Storm 2 Sonoma County Sol 0
Claremont Stars 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 1
 
Sunday 1st July

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 1 New York Athletic 2

South West Division
Rush Salt Lake City 2 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0

West Division
Ajax 9 San Francisco Nighthawks 0
Sacramento Pride 1 Sonoma County Sol 4
San Diego Sealions 7 Lamorinda East Bay Power 1

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 05, 2007, 02:04:31 PM
Midwest Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          5   4   0   1   22- 2   12
2  FC Indiana                    5   4   0   1    16- 3   12
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        5   2   0   3     9-13   6
4  Chicago United Breeze   3   1   0   2     5-12   3
5  FC St. Louis                 4   0   0   4     4-26   0

South Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            5   4   1   0    14-  3  13
2   Central Florida Strikers   5   3   1   1   14-  5  10
3   Palm Beach United         6   3   1   2    13-  7  10
4   Orlando Falcons            6   1   1   4     6-20   4
5   Miami Kickers               6   0   2   4     5-16   2

South West Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1  Utah Spiders                     4   3   0   1   15-5    9
2  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   6   3   0   3   15-8    9
3  Rush Salt Lake City            4   3   0   1    7-1    9
4  Denver Diamonds              5   3   0   2    8-12    9
5  Colorado Springs United     5   0   0   5    2-21    0

West Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                    9   9   0   0   40-4    27
2 San Diego Sealions              11   7   1   3   37-11   22
3 California Storm                    9   6   1   2   19-10   19
4 Claremont Stars                    9   3   5   1   17-8    14
5 Sonoma County Sol              9   3   2   4    16-14   11
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     11   1   4   6   16-32    7
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    10   1   1   8   14-41    4
8 Sacramento Pride                   8   1   0   7    5-44   3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 11, 2007, 10:45:24 AM
Week 9

Tuesday 3rd July

South West Division
Utah Spiders 3 Rush Salt Lake City 0

Thursday 5th July

South Division
Tampa Bay Elite 1 Central Florida Strikers 1

Saturday 7th July

Midwest Division
FC St Louis 3 FC Twente3 Illinois 2
River Cities Futbol 3 Chicago United Breeze 0

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 5 Bay State Select 1
Boston Aztecs 0 Long Island Fury 4
New England Mutiny 2 Massachusetts Stingers 0

South Division
Central Florida Strikers 2 Palm Beach United 1

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 2 Rush Salt Lake City 4
Denver Diamonds 2 Utah Spiders 2

West Division
Ajax 2 California Storm 0
Claremont Stars 6 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Sonoma County Sol 3

Sunday 8th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 6 Real Shore 1

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 5 Chicago United Breeze 2
River Cities Futbol 6 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

North East Division
Soccerplus Connect 4 Boston Aztecs 3

South Division
Palm Beach United 5 Orlando Falcons 1

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 2 Utah Spiders 2
Denver Diamonds 1 Rush Salt Lake City 0

West Division
Ajax 2 Claremont Stars 1
San Diego Sealions 2 California Storm 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 5 Sacramento Pride 0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 12, 2007, 09:48:11 PM
Midwest Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          7   6   0   1   31- 2   18
2  FC Indiana                    5   4   0   1    16- 3   12
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        7   2   0   5    11-22   6
4  FC St. Louis                  6   2   0   4    12-30   6
5  Chicago United Breeze   5   1   0   4     7-20   3

South Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Central Florida Strikers   7   4   2   1    17-7   14
2   Tampa Bay Elite            6   4   2   0     15-5   14
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            7   1   1   5     7-25   4
5   Miami Kickers               6   0   2   4     5-16   2

South West Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1  Utah Spiders                     7   4   2   1   22-9    14
2  Denver Diamonds              7   4   1   2   11-14   13
3  Rush Salt Lake City            7   4   0   3   11-7    12
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   6   3   0   3   15-8     9
5  Colorado Springs United     7   0   1   6    6-27    1

West Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   11  11   0   0  44-5     33
2 San Diego Sealions              12   8   1   3   39-12   25
3 California Storm                  11   6   1   4   20-14   19
4 Claremont Stars                   11   4   5   2   24-10   17
5 Sonoma County Sol              10   4   2   4   19-14   14
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     13   2   4   7   21-35   10
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    11   1   1   9   14-47    4
8 Sacramento Pride                  9   1   0   8    5-49     3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 16, 2007, 07:27:59 PM
Week 10

Wednesday 11th July

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 3 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

Friday 13th July

North East Division
New England Mutiny 1 Soccerplus Connect 1

Saturday 14th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 2 Maryland Pride 3

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 0 River Cities Futbol 6
FC Indiana 5 FC St. Louis 0

North East Division
Bay State Select 0 Long Island Fury 6

South Division
Orlando Falcons 2 Central Florida Strikers 2

South West Division
Denver Diamonds 3 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 2
Rush Salt Lake City 2 Utah Spiders 1

West Division
California Storm 10 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
Claremont Stars 1 Ajax 5
Sonoma County Sol 5 Sacramento Pride 0

Sunday 15th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 3 Northampton Laurels 1
Real Shore 2 Philadeplphia Liberty 1

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 4 Massachusetts Stingers 1
New York Athletic 2 Boston Aztecs 0

South Division
Tampa Bay Elite 7 Miami Kickers 0

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 1 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 3

West Division
Sacramento Pride 0 California Storm 6
San Diego Sealions 4 Claremont Stars 1
Sonoma County Sol 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 1
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 16, 2007, 11:26:48 PM
Midwest Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          8   7   0   1   37- 2   21
2  FC Indiana                    6   5   0   1    21- 3   15
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        8   2   0   6    11-25   6
4  Chicago United Breeze   7    2   0   5    10-26   6
5  FC St. Louis                  7   2   0   5    12-35   6

South Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            7   5   2   0     22-5   17
2   Central Florida Strikers   8   4   3   1    19-9   15
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            8   1   2   5     9-27   5
5   Miami Kickers               7   0   2   5     5-23   2

South West Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1  Denver Diamonds              8   5   1   2   14-16   16
2  Rush Salt Lake City            8   5   0   3   13-8     15
3  Utah Spiders                     8   4   2   2   23-11   14
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   8   4   0   4   20-12   12
5  Colorado Springs United     8   0   1   7    7-30      1

West Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   12  12   0   0  49-6     36
2 San Diego Sealions              13   9   1   3   43-13   28
3 California Storm                  13   8   1   4   36-14   25
4 Sonoma County Sol              12   5   3   4   25-15   18
5 Claremont Stars                   13   4   5   4   26-19   17
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     14   2   5   7   22-36   11
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    12   1   1  10   14-57    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 11   1   0  10    5-60    3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 24, 2007, 03:18:55 PM
Week 11

Wednesday 18th July

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 0 FC Indiana 10

Saturday 21st July

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 0 FC Indiana 2

West Division
Lamorinda East Bay Power 0 California Storm 4
Sacramento Pride 0 Ajax 11
Sonoma County Sol 1 San Diego Sealions 0

Sunday 22nd July

West Division
Sacramento Pride 0 Claremont Stars 9
Sonoma County Sol 0 Ajax 3

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 24, 2007, 03:25:06 PM
Midwest Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          8   7   0   1   37- 2   21
2  FC Indiana                    8   7   0   1    33- 3   21
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        8   2   0   6    11-25   6
4  FC St. Louis                  8   2   0   6    12-37   6
5  Chicago United Breeze   8    2   0   6    10-36   6

South Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            7   5   2   0     22-5   17
2   Central Florida Strikers   8   4   3   1    19-9   15
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            8   1   2   5     9-27   5
5   Miami Kickers               7   0   2   5     5-23   2

South West Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1  Denver Diamonds              8   5   1   2   14-16   16
2  Rush Salt Lake City            8   5   0   3   13-8     15
3  Utah Spiders                     8   4   2   2   23-11   14
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   8   4   0   4   20-12   12
5  Colorado Springs United     8   0   1   7    7-30      1

West Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   14  14   0   0  63-6     42
2 San Diego Sealions              14   9   1   4   43-14   28
3 California Storm                  14   9   1   4   40-14    28
4 Sonoma County Sol              14   6   3   5   26-18   21
5 Claremont Stars                   14   5   5   4   35-19   20
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     14   2   5   7   22-36   11
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    13   1   1  11   14-61    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 13   1   0  12    5-80    3
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 24, 2007, 04:15:05 PM
The regular divisional season is over and the play-offs for the final League championship places have also been nearly completed within the last week.

The league championships (Final Four) will be held at the home of Tampa Bay Elite but, unlike the W League championships, the hosts don't get an automatic spot. Two of the slots go to the West and Mid West divisional champions. The Eastern Conference place is determined by play-offs between the top teams in the North East and Atlantic divisions.  The champions of the South and South West divisions go head to head for the final place.  As it happens, Tampa made it anyway by that route.

Results so far:-

Wednesday 18th July

North East Division Play-Off
Long Island Fury 3 Soccerplus Connecticut 2

Saturday 21st July

Eastern Conference Semi Finals
Atlantic City Diablos 3 Long Island Fury 1
New England Mutiny 6 Northampton Laurels 0

Inter Conference (South v South West) Play-Off
Denver Diamonds 1 Tampa Bay Elite 2

Sunday 22nd July

Eastern Conference Final
New England Mutiny 2 Atlantic City Diablos 1

That sorts out three of the final four places:-
Ajax (W)
New England Mutiny (E)
Tampa Bay Elite (S/SW)

The final slot is still to be determined between the top two in the Midwest Division who tied on points - apparently goal difference doesn't count. FC Indiana and River Cities Futbol play head to head again for that place.
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2007, 10:01:56 AM
Nice bit of U.S. controversy to rival the Tevez saga in English men's football

Originally the WPSL were saying:-

"If F.C. Indiana wins (their last weekend matches), the Midwest conference title would be a tie and a playoff game would be necessary to determine which team advances to the Final Four. The two opponents have met twice in league play, with RCFC beating FCI by a 1-0 score at home while being shutout on the road the week prior 2-0 in Indianapolis. Due to the head-to-head goal differential, FCI would host the playoff match."

After Indiana won their remaining games to tie on points, everyone was expecting a mid-week game this week between the two rivals. Then, with no prior warning the U.S. Soccer Federation have ruled that River Cities played a game with an ineligible player - don't say when, don't say who - so the WPSL have ruled that FC Indiana go into the League Championship play-offs in Tampa Bay.



Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 10:39:29 AM
Saturday 28th July

League Championship Play-Off Semi Finals (in Tampa Bay)

Ajax 1 FC Indiana 1 (after extra time)
FC Indiana won on penalties

New England Mutiny 1 Tampa Bay Elite 1 (after extra time)
New England won on penalties

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 11:06:03 AM
AJAX AMERICA 1, F.C. INDIANA 1 (FCI-W on PK's, 4-3)

Midwest champions out-last Ajax, win on PK's via the heroics of goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill

TAMPA, FL (07/28/07) - In the first National Semifinal of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Final Four, the two internationally-ranked sides delivered when it came to the overall quality of play, but unfortunately not on the scoreboard. After two 15-minute overtime periods in a tightly contested match, West champion Ajax America and Midwest champion F.C. Indiana went to penalty kicks as the game ended at a 1-1 deadlock.

Former Carolina Courage goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill came up big for her new team, saving two penalty kicks including the match-deciding try by Ajax defender & former Duke University star Carmen Bognanno. West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Karen Bardsley (3 saves) kept No. 2-internationally ranked Ajax in the penalty kick shootout with a save on Italian Women's National Team member Elisabetta Tona, but it was the No. 7 F.C. Indiana side who ran off the field victorious.

FCI got on the board in the 21st minute as midfielder Laura Baeza scored an unassisted goal, as a scrum ensued in front of the net after a cross from one of her compatriots. Ajax answered back only a minute later on a knockdown opportunity after a free kick, as former Carolina Courage star Brooke O'Hanley clinically finished from 25 yards out & inside the upper right corner of goal.

O'Hanley would test Luckenbill (10 saves) again in the first half just nine minutes later, delivering a dangerous free kick that the former Dartmouth College back-stop deftly touched over the bar. Midfielder April Colen would test Luckenbill two minutes later, but the FCI keeper would dive and touch her shot past the post.

All-WPSL selection Tona would have her header off a corner kick saved off the line a few minutes later, and that would spur FCI going into half-time as forward Lauren Sesselmann would fire a shot off the crossbar in stoppage time. The Midwest champs would hold the run of play as the second half commenced, as Mexican WNT member & All-WPSL member Fatima Leyva would test the Ajax defense with a series of free kicks. The West champs would out-foul FCI by a 18-14 margin in this match.

In the first overtime period, Ajax had a chance to go ahead in the 98th minute as All-WPSL selection Kandace Wilson had an open net but could not convert. The second overtime period would go without a major scoring opportunity for either side.

FCI now goes on the WPSL National Final being played Sunday, July 29th at 1:00 p.m. They will face the winner of the second WPSL Semifinal pitting the South champ Tampa Bay Elite and the East representative and No. 17-internationally ranked New England Mutiny. 

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=284
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 11:18:18 AM
TAMPA BAY 1, N.E. MUTINY 1 (NE-W on PK's, 5-4)

TAMPA, FL (07/28/07) - Like the first National Semifinal at Pepin-Rood Stadium, the match-up pitting the East & South Conference champions would come down to not only who scored more penalty kicks, but who stopped more as well. While the No. 17-internationally ranked New England Mutiny had a battle on their hands with the host team of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Final Four in the Tampa Bay Elite, it was the feet of their goalkeeper who took control as the East champs won in a 5-4 shootout, after a 1-1 draw at the end of overtime.

At Pepin-Rood Stadium in front of a crowd of over 1,500, University of Connecticut star & rising Canadian international Stephanie Labbe lived it all on this night. With one glove, Labbe witnessed her college & club team-mate Meghan Schnur put New England on the board in the 6th minute on a penalty kick - after Lauren Molinaro was fouled on a corner kick by Mary-Frances Monroe.

But on the other glove, the Alberta native would give up a penalty herself with 15 minutes left in the first half via a defensive gaffe that very well could have shook her confidence. Tampa Bay's Lindsay Brauer would hammer home the penalty and the game would stay at 1-1 for the remaining of regulation and overtime.

Late in the second half, though, it was Labbe who came to the Mutiny's rescue as she sprinted out of net to intercept a Brauer one-on-one breakaway and her kick save would put the ball out of harm's reach. Both 15-minute overtime periods would run their course until with four minutes remaining, a free kick by Schnur would find defender Karyn Riviere but her header would sail just over the crossbar.

It was then on to penalty kicks and it appeared to be one of those nights for the four-time East champs. First, long-time midfield stalwart and Mutiny charter member Jenny Maurer would miss her try and then with the match on the line, Schnur would fire her attempt wide to push the shootout to one-and-done.

Labbe would once again rise to the occasion as took and converted the next PK for New England and would then save the Elite's last attempt by Paulina McIntosh. Rising UConn freshman Meghan Cunningham would step up to the penalty spot and finish off the WPSL Semifinal win for the Mutiny, who now will face F.C. Indiana and their all-encompassing keeper Kristin Luckenbill for the National Championship tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. 

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php?cat=1
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 30, 2007, 10:02:49 AM
Sunday 29th July

League Championship Play-Off Final (in Tampa Bay)
FC Indiana 3 New England Mutiny 0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 31, 2007, 10:48:30 AM
F.C. INDIANA 3, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 0

Midwest champions rewarded with second WPSL title in three seasons

TAMPA, FL (07/29/07) - As the story of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Final began to write itself between No. 7-internationally ranked & Midwest champion F.C. Indiana and No. 17 & East champion New England Mutiny, the casual observer could tell that the match would be a tight one to the end, as both sides exchanged the run of play. One showcase of individual skill, one scoring opportunity or one moment in time could change the complexion of the match for either team, but unfortunately, the players were not able to accomplish that themselves.

Marred by a red card to New England's Megan Cunningham in the 58th minute - and the subsequent ejections of Mutiny head coach Tony Horta and his assistant for protest - F.C. Indiana scored on the ensuing possession for a two-goal lead and would eventually run on to a 3-0 victory over the East Conference champions to win the 2007 WPSL Championship. This is the second WPSL Championship in the past three years for F.C. Indiana, as they also won the 2005 title.

Horta may have had a case for his team, as just five minutes earlier, forward Lisa Grubb of the Midwest title holders received a yellow card for knocking New England goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe out of the match with a late challenge outside of the penalty area. Cunningham's slide tackle challenge was considered less vitriolic in nature by the Mutiny staff, whose team had already received two yellow cards in the match.

Already up 1-0, F.C. Indiana would put the dagger in immediately after the contentious episode concluded, as the discombobulated, 10-player New England side without their Conference Goalkeeper of the Year would give up an own goal. Grubb would administer the final tally herself off an assist from Final Four MVP Maria Ruiz with 10 minutes remaining to make the final scoreline.

"First of all, congratulations to F.C. Indiana and the New England Mutiny for making the WPSL Final," said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "I think that the Semifinal games certainly showed what both teams are made of - they both battled through adversity. They both won on penalty kicks and its very difficult to come back and play on the next day. Both New England and F.C. Indiana came back strong and played out the full 90 minutes of the championship, so they should be proud of their efforts.

"It does the league well to have teams that are that strong, but by the same token, there have been some controversies over the course of this year that I'd like to talk about - and that's the quality of the refereeing from the West Coast to the East Coast. Disputes, missed calls. We as a league have to look at this issue at our AGM in the off-season and decide on how we can get higher quality referees at our games."

FCI came out with the run of play early in the match, as Mexican Women's National Team member Fatima Leyva would test Labbe with a low driven shot in the 16th minute but the UConn product would make the save low to her right. The Mutiny would slowly pick up the pace of their game, but it was Lauren Sesselmann who would deftly turn and shoot in the 27th minute, forcing another save from Labbe.

New England would respond immediately after Sesselmann's opportunity, as Jenny Maurer would rip a shot from 20 yards out that would sail just over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Meghan Schnur would serve in a free kick from the left flank and the header from defender Karyn Riviere would get deflected just wide of the far post.

A 50-50 match would turn into a physical reality, as with two minutes remaining in the half, a collision between Labbe and Ruiz would result in the first goal of the match. The Mutiny defense could only watch helplessly as the ball just trickled over the goal line for the eventual game-winner. New England would hold the slight run of play as the second half ensued, but almost instantaneously going a player and a goal down would immediately deflate their sails.

2007 ALL-WPSL FINAL FOUR TOURNAMENT TEAM: GK Stephanie Labbe (New England); D Brooke O'Hanley (Ajax America), D Elisabetta Tona (F.C. Indiana), D Karyn Riviere (New England Mutiny), D Paulina McIntosh (Tampa Bay Elite); M Maria Ruiz (F.C. Indiana), M Fatima Leyva (F.C. Indiana), M Elena Terekhova (F.C. Indiana), M Lauren Molinaro (New England Mutiny); F Lindsay Brauer (Tampa Bay Elite), F Kandace Wilson (Ajax America).

2007 FINAL FOUR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Maria Ruiz (F.C. Indiana).

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=286
 
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on October 26, 2007, 08:49:46 PM
Millburn Magic to play in Mid-Atlantic Division of East Conference in 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (10/26/07) - One of the top-rated leagues in the world of women's soccer has arrived in Northern New Jersey this week, as the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced the addition of the Millburn Magic as an expansion team for the 2008 season. The Millburn Magic will play in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the East Conference alongside teams such as the Philadelphia Liberty and two-time division winners Atlantic City Diablos.

"We welcome the Millburn Magic to the league," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "There were a number of potential candidates for the Northern NJ area, but the Magic organization combines a high level of both soccer and business expertise with a strong youth soccer infrastructure, which set them aside from the competition. We have complete confidence in their ability to be successful on and off the field moving forward."

The 2008 Magic roster will include Millburn alumni and 2006 captains in goalkeeper Lia Fierro and midfielder Samantha Weiner, now playing at Monmouth University and Cornell College, respectively. The Head Coach will be Andy Sones, the current Millburn Girl's Soccer coach and CEO of the Magic organization. The team has a provisional agreement to play home games at the Dr. Keith A. Neigel Stadium at Millburn High School - located just miles west of New York City.

A former youth player in the English Premier League with Charlton Athletic, Sones began his coaching career at their Center of Excellence, before moving to fellow Premiership side West Ham United and eventually Manchester United, where he saw and experienced youth development at work in one of the most successful clubs in the world. His educational background includes: a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Science; a Masters in Sports Management; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Research Methods & Design; and, specialized qualifications in sports nutrition, sport psychology and fitness training.

"It's wonderful to be able to play at such a high level on my own doorstep and this gives everyone the chance to see high level soccer right here in town," said Fierro, who has an impressive 7-2-4 record (0.77 GAA, 5 shutouts) for Monmouth so far this season as a freshman keeper and was an All-State and All-Group III selection at Millburn H.S.

"It's great," said Weiner, who has appeared in six matches for the Big Red this season as a freshman midfielder and was an All-Essex selection at Millburn H.S. "I never thought I'd get the chance to play for a Millburn team again."

"I feel very strongly that this is a wonderful opportunity for the sporting community in the town," said Milburn H.S. Athletic Director Ted D'Alessio. "This is a great way to promote and develop the profile of women's soccer in Millburn."

In addition to local talent, the Magic will showcase the best players from the North Jersey area. Sones is negotiating to bring in a number of international players from overseas - some fresh from the recent Women's World Cup in China.

"I'm working hard to attract some of the very best players in the world right here to the town," said Sones, who also holds a UEFA "B" Coaching License, USSF coaching certification and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. "Millburn is full of girls who love playing soccer, and what better way to support and develop that than by providing them the best role models? When they're not playing, the Magic players will be involved in training and coaching individuals and local teams in the town, so the kids can actually meet and relate to them as people as well as watching them on the field."

While player expenses are covered, the league is strictly amateur and the Magic organization is working with local and regional business partners to provide sponsorship to cover transport and league operating costs. There has been considerable support from other sources and the community as well.

"Working with Andy on this initiative presents a tremendous opportunity to showcase women's sports and tremendous, talented athletes," said Millburn Mayor Dan Baer. "I fully support this effort which helps to bring another level of prominence to women's soccer. The entire Township benefits from the connection to this high level of competition and the opportunity for local, home grown talent to participate at the highest levels of the sport."

"This is fantastic for soccer in town," said Millburn Soccer President Kevin Willens. "It can only help to get more kids playing and loving the game."

For more information on the Millburn Magic, visit their official website at http://www.millburnmagic.com or contact Rob Napier by e-mail at rnapier@millburnmagic.com or by phone at (973) 315-3098.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=295
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on October 26, 2007, 08:53:20 PM
Millburn Magic Seek British Stars
26/10/2007 
 
Opportunity came knocking for high level English players today, with news that Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Millburn Magic were looking to add four British players for the 2008 season.

The Magic, an expansion team in 2008, have a predominantly British coaching staff, although their training organization is now firmly entrenched at the forefront of New Jersey soccer.

The WPSL, which has been around since 1998, currently offers the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States, and has featured top international players as Julie Foudy, Shannon MacMillan and Brandi Chastain as well as many current National Team players including Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx and National team captain Kristine Lilly.

“There is a lot of talent in the English Women’s leagues” said Andy Sones, Head Coach and owner of the Magic organization. “I’m pleased that we can enable the best of those players to come to the United States, train and play 6 days a week and compete against some of the best players in the world. There are so many opportunities for quality motivated players now, and this is one of the best. I’m expecting that it will generate a lot of interest in the English women’s soccer community.

“When they’re not playing, the Magic players will be involved in training and coaching across New Jersey, As an added incentive, with the professional women’s league starting in 2009, Magic players will have the chance to put themselves in the ‘shop window’ for professional contracts the following year.”

The Millburn Magic team is based 20 minutes west of New York City, and will play in the WPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference against teams such as the Philadelphia Liberty and 2007 conference winners Atlantic City Diablos. Conference winners move on to national play-offs, and the current national champions are FC Indiana (Indianapolis, IN) who beat Ajax America (Redondo Beach, CA) in Tampa three months ago.

The season runs from the start of May through to the beginning of August. In addition to British players, The 2008 Magic roster will include talent from across New Jersey, with some high profile sign-ups already sign-ups already. Open tryouts will be held in late November and early December.

More about the Millburn Magic at www.millburnmagic.com

More about the WPSL at www.wpsl.info

http://www.fgmag.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=4402

 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on November 13, 2007, 06:15:51 PM
ASG BRINGS WPSL SOCCER TO MAINE

Based out of Bangor, the Maine Tide will compete in the WPSL East in 2008
 
SACRAMENTO, CA (11/08/07) — It is currently the off-season in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) but when it comes to planning for Summer 2008, the proverbial light of the league is still switched on. The Atlantic Sports Group - consisting of President Cheryl Stokes and Vice President of Soccer Operations Seth Brown - will bring one of the fastest-growing soccer leagues in the world to Bangor, Maine next year, as the newly-formed Maine Tide will compete in the North Division of the WPSL East Conference.

"We are very excited to have the Maine Tide join the WPSL," said Associate Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "The Atlantic Sports Group presented a very impressive business plan and we are convinced that they will provide the highest of standards, on and off the field, that we look for in the WPSL."

"The opportunity arose for us to bring in expansion teams ourselves, and we decided we'd take our combined experience and bring teams to Bangor," said Stokes of her and Brown's decision to bring the WPSL to Maine, as both had worked for the Atlanta Silverbacks prior to Brown's move back to Maine - where he is originally from.

"We're a sport, entertainment and education program," said Brown of the Tide organization. "We want to be an advocate for the game... and we want to be an advocate for Maine and Bangor in general."

The Maine Tide will play their first match in May 2008 at the John P. Boucher Soccer Pitch - home to the Husson College soccer programs. The field was originally built in 2001 through a generous donation by Husson alumnus John P. Boucher ('66) and is located at the heart of the campus within the "circle" in the shadows of the Bell Tower.

The 116 x 72 yard soccer pitch was one of the finest natural grass stadiums in New England but is now undergoing a face-lift. Once again with Mr. Boucher's generous support, the field will now lose its natural grass surface and be converted to Field Turf. The $650,000 renovation will make the John Boucher Soccer Pitch one of the finest collegiate complexes in New England.

At their inaugural launch party held in September, locals had the opportunity to meet Stokes, Brown and their intern staff to get information about the teams and their educational intentions. One of the team's goals according to Brown is to provide educational opportunities for local students and community members.

Tickets are already on sale for the upcoming season and cost $5 each per game. Family passes - which include four tickets to each of the 15 home games and four merchandise items of your choice - are available for $300. There are also group rates available for purchases of 20 tickets or more.

For more information about the Maine Tide, visit their official website at http://www.mainetidesoccer.com or you can e-mail Cheryl Stokes at cheryl.atlanticsportsgroup@gmail.com.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=296
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on November 26, 2007, 02:34:19 AM
WPSL ANNOUNCES GEORGIA EXPANSION

F.C. Thomasville will join the South Conference in Summer 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (11/23/07) - The F.C. Thomasville Dragons will be joining the Women Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the Summer 2008 season and will play in the South Conference. With this further expansion of the WPSL, one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world will now have representation in the Georgia-Alabama area.

"There has been a lot of interest from Thomasville over the past year, and we are very pleased to award the expansion team to F.C. Thomasville," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "They are building a great organization and will be models for future teams in Savannah, Columbus, Jacksonville and Augusta. We look forward to the success of F.C. Thomasville and the growth of women's premier soccer in Georgia."

"I am proud to be a member of the soccer community in south Georgia, and very pleased to be a part of providing quality soccer for local fans and great opportunities for local players," said Thomasville LLC's General Manager Jim Wiggins Jr., who chose the WPSL as the superior opportunity for getting the best competition level and game quality. "The WPSL is a quality organization in all respects and F.C. Thomasville is honored to be associated with the league and its teams."

Wiggins - who holds a United States Soccer Federation National "C" Coaching License and is a board member of the Thomas Area Soccer Association and Plantation Adult Soccer Affiliate - points out the importance of the WPSL for women's soccer; especially with the increase in college programs for women in Georgia and the impending return of women's professional soccer to the United States in 2009.

"Women have tremendous opportunities right now for college scholarships," said Wiggins. "At least a half dozen colleges and universities have launched women's programs in Georgia in the recent years. With the return of professional women's soccer, the excitement for the sport will continue to grow. I see the Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida area as being an untapped market, which we will successfully fill."

F.C. Thomasville Dragons becomes the first expansion team from Georgia to join the WPSL and will be the sixth team in the South Conference next season. The other five teams are based in the Central-South Florida area and include the two-time conference champion & 2007 WPSL Final Four host Tampa Bay Elite, Orlando Falcons, Central Florida Strikers, Miami Kickers F.C. and Palm Beach United. Further expansion of the WPSL South Division is expected in the future.

The Dragons are hoping to attract top players from the United States, Europe and around the world with the club already opening discussions with select local and international players. Tryouts will be held in January & March in Thomasville with the January date being announced in December while the March date will be announced in February. F.C. Thomasville Dragons is the women's premier division of the community-based Thomasville Dragons as men's, women's and co-ed teams are fielded at the recreational level within the Plantation Adult Soccer Affiliate of the Georgia Adult Soccer Association.

For more information, you can visit their official website at http://www.thomasvilledragons.com or you can contact General Manager Jim Wiggins Jr. directly by phone at 229-319-0017 or by email at jdwj@yahoo.com.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=300
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Bonnie Lass on November 26, 2007, 11:09:26 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.)

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=302


 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Bonnie Lass 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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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

 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: David 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
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.

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Post by: redrobin 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!
 
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Post by: redrobin 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.

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Post by: redrobin 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.

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Post by: redrobin 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.



Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin on April 21, 2008, 01:38:05 AM
THE SURGE WILL STRIKE CENTRAL FLORIDA

SACRAMENTO, CA (04/18/08) - The Florida Surge of the South Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is starting it's inaugural season this summer and will offer a higher level of play to up-and-coming talent in the Central Florida area as well as abroad in one of the top leagues in the world. Playing at the David Maus Toyota Soccer Complex - located just north of Orlando and Disney - the Surge will host a variety of job opportunities and local activities for players to not only improve their skill-sets by playing at a higher level, but enjoy their time as well.

"The league would like to welcome the Surge to the WPSL," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "We have every reason to believe they will be a strong addition to the South Conference this summer."

Florida has announced their coaching staff for Summer 2008 and Head Coach Mauricio Ruiz will lead the Surge for their first campaign. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mauricio holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching license and is the former Coaching Director for Florida Soccer Alliance. Mauricio is currently playing professional soccer in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) for the Orlando Sharks, as well as coaching at the high school level at Winter Springs High School.

"I'm excited to be coaching in the WPSL for the Florida Surge's inaugural season and am eager to display the talent level of Central Florida players," said Ruiz.

Assistant Coach Kurt R. Oettl holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma as well as a NSCAA National Diploma. He helped coach the WPSL's Central Florida Strikers in their 2006 & 2007 seasons and has coached for the Girls Premiers team from the U-12 to U-17 age groups since 2002. Oettl is also the head coach for Winter Springs High School with an overall record of 50-36-4. 

Assistant Coach Jason Mann is in his fourth year as the Head Coach for Girl's Soccer at Edgewater High School (Orlando, FL). The Edgewater Eagles have made it to the state play-offs each year and in the process have won three Metro Conference Championships, three District Championships, once a Regional Finalist, once a Regional Champion, and once a State Finalist.

Mann holds licenses from the NSCAA and USSF and also serves as the FACA (Florida Athletic Coaches Association) East Region Coordinator for Girl's Soccer. Coach Mann was a member of the inaugural coaching staff of the WPSL's Orlando Falcons and is excited about this season with the Florida Surge.

You can find contact information and news about the Florida Surge at surgesoccer.com. The WPSL is now a 51-team national women's soccer league with five conferences and is considered one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world.

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Post by: redrobin on May 06, 2008, 01:18:22 PM
The WPSL line-up for the 2008 season has finally become clearer after the long string of new franchise announcements. A few weeks ago it seemed as if the various conference and divisional arrangements might be a bit of a mess by European criteria.  Prospects seem brighter now that the intended structure of the divisions has been settled and might be closer to the divisional home and away pattern most of us are used to.  League as well as club names have gone a bit exotic too with the arrival of the Sunshine and Big Sky Conferences. There are still one or two clubs or franchises that seem to be missing or renamed - perhaps that'll be clearer when the League starts at the end of the week.
 
Pacific Conference (formerly West Conference, now in 2 divisions)
North Division
California Storm
Monterey Blues  (new team)
Sacramento Pride
San Francisco Nighthawks
Sonoma County Sol
Walnut Creek Power  (formerly Lamorinda East Bay Power)

Pacific Conference
South Division
Ajax
Claremont Stars
Los Angeles Rampage  (new team)
San Diego Sealions
SD United (new team, based in San Diego)
West Coast  (new team, based in Orange County)

Big Sky Conference (formerly South West – now with new southern members from Texas and Oklahoma)
North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum
Arizona Rush  (new team, based in Tucson)
Colorado Springs United
Denver Diamonds
Northern Arizona Cheetahs  (new team, based in Prescott)
Salt Lake City Sparta  (new team)
Utah Spiders

Big Sky Conference 
South Division
Fort Worth  (new team)
Oklahoma Alliance  (new team)
South Select  (new team, based in Houston)
Tulsa Spirit  (new team)
Vitesse Dallas  (new team)

Midwest Conference
Chicago United Breeze
FC St. Louis
FC Twente3 Illinois
MYSC Lady Blues  (new team, based in Madison, Wisconsin)
Ohio Premier  (new team, based in Columbus)

Sunshine Conference (formerly South)
Brevard County Cocoa Expos (from W League)
Miami Kickers
Orlando Falcons
Palm Beach United
Puerto Rico Capitals  (new team)
Thomasville Dragons  (new team)

Presumably this division will also include the recently announced Florida Surge, based in Orlando.

East Conference
North Division
Adirondack Lynx
Boston Aztecs
Maine Tide  (new team, based in Bangor)
Massachusetts Stingers
New England Mutiny
New York Athletic
Soccerplus Connecticut

East Confeence
Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos
Central Delaware SA Future
Lancaster Inferno  (new team)
Long Island Fury
Millburn Magic  (new team)
Northampton Laurels
Philadelphia Liberty
TSC Maryland Pride
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Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2008, 01:00:23 AM
Week 1

Friday 9th May
North East Division
Soccerplus Connecticut 10 Massachusetts Stingers 0

Saturday 10th May
North East Division
New England Mutiny 4 New York Athletic 0
Title: Will new SD United teams stand test of time?
Post by: norge95 on May 08, 2008, 05:20:20 AM
Here is the link to an article in today's San Diego Union-Tribune that discusses San Diego's two WPSL clubs:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080507/news_1s7soccol.html

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The SD United women's team left the W-League to join the SeaLions in the Women's Premier Soccer League, but first it needed the blessing of the SeaLions for a second team in the county.

“We figured it would be good for San Diego to start a little derby or superclasico,” says Lu Snyder, who doubles as the SeaLions'goalkeeper and general manager. “Both teams are high level and there's good soccer in San Diego at the women's level, and we just want to get the kids exposed to that.
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Post by: redrobin on May 12, 2008, 02:16:53 PM
Week 2

Friday 16th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Millburn Magic 3 Central Delaware SA Future 0

Saturday 17th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 1 Northampton Laurels 2

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 1 New York Athletic 2
Maine Tide 0 Soccerplus Connecticut 2
Massachusetts Stingers 1 New England Mutiny 5

Sunshine Division
Palm Beach United 0 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 2

Sunday 18th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 0 Philadelphia Liberty 0
Lancaster Inferno 1 Millburn Magic 0


Title: Re: Will new SD United teams stand test of time?
Post by: redrobin on May 12, 2008, 10:36:36 PM

Quote
The SD United women's team left the W-League to join the SeaLions in the Women's Premier Soccer League, but first it needed the blessing of the SeaLions for a second team in the county.

“We figured it would be good for San Diego to start a little derby or superclasico,” says Lu Snyder, who doubles as the SeaLions'goalkeeper and general manager. “Both teams are high level and there's good soccer in San Diego at the women's level, and we just want to get the kids exposed to that.

I read somewhere that some of the San Diego Sunwaves staff were involved in the new SD United set-up. Your link seems to confirm that.
I was wondering why the Sunwaves had folded after quite a successful opening season in the W-League's Western Conference - only failing at the Conference Play-Off to Seattle. It seems that they've just changed their name instead.
Title: SD United Joins the WPSL
Post by: norge95 on May 12, 2008, 11:51:38 PM

I read somewhere that some of the San Diego Sunwaves staff were involved in the new SD United set-up. Your link seems to confirm that.
I was wondering why the Sunwaves had folded after quite a successful opening season in the W-League's Western Conference - only failing at the Conference Play-Off to Seattle. It seems that they've just changed their name instead.


I went to several of the Sunwaves matches last season and like you was wondering why the club had folded after such "a successful opening season in the W-League's Western Conference."  ???  There were some good crowds for their home matches at Torero Stadium and it was a lot of fun watching the Mexican star player Maribel "Marigol" Domínguez in action after she joined the club late in the season.   8)

It wasn't mentioned in the San Diego Union-Tribune article, but I believe the main reason why the Sunwaves left the W-League was because of the high travel expenses. As a member of the WPSL PACIFIC - SOUTH conference, SD United will not have to leave southern California for their 10 conference matches.  Last season as the only W-League club in Southern California,  the Sunwaves had to take a number of expense road trips to play in Colorado, Seattle, and Vancouver.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 21, 2008, 01:54:32 AM
Week 3

Thursday 22nd May

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 5 Massachusetts Stingers 0

Friday 23rd May

North East Division
Soccerplus Connecticut 5 Adirondack Lynx 0

Sunshine Division
Palm Beach United 3 Florida Surge 1

Saturday 24th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 2 Central Delaware SA Future 0

Pacific North Division
Monterey Blues 2 San Francisco Nighthawks 2
Sonoma County Sol 1 Walnut Creek Power 2

Pacific South Division
Ajax 1 Los Angeles Rampage 2
Claremont Stars 0 SD United 0
San Diego Sealions 2 West Coast 4

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 2 Miami Kickers 1
Puerto Rico Capitals 1 Thomasville Dragons 1

Sunday 25th May

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 2 Monterey Blues 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Sonoma County Sol 1
Walnut Creek Power 0 California Storm 4

Pacific South Division
San Diego Sealions 1 Los Angeles Rampage 1
SD United 1 Ajax 0
West Coast 0 Claremont Stars 0

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 0 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 1
Miami Kickers 1 Palm Beach United 2





Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: norge95 on May 26, 2008, 06:50:04 PM
Week 3



Pacific South Division
Ajax 1 Los Angeles Rampage 2
Claremont Stars 0 SD United 0
San Diego Sealions 2 West Coast 4


Sunday 25th May

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 2 Monterey Blues 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Sonoma County Sol 1
Walnut Creek Power 0 California Storm 4

Pacific South Division
San Diego Sealions 1 Los Angeles Rampage 1
SD United v Ajax
West Coast 0 Claremont Stars


Thanks for posting these results redrobin.  :)  I just checked the WPSL site and wasn't able to find the scores for any of these matches so I'd be curious to know where you are getting this information from.

Since I went to their first two home matches I can confirm that the scores you have posted for the San Diego Sealions matches are correct. 

In both matches the Sealions were unable to hold on to 1-0 leads.  :(   San Diego was badly outshot in both matches, but in yesterday's match the big difference was Sealion goalkeeper Lu Snyder.  I didn't hear what the official stats were for the match, but Snyder must have had at least a dozen saves and several of them were quite spectacular.  Without Snyder playing as well as she did San Diego could have easily lost 5-1.   :o
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 26, 2008, 10:53:23 PM

Thanks for posting these results redrobin.  :)  I just checked the WPSL site and wasn't able to find the scores for any of these matches so I'd be curious to know where you are getting this information from.

Since I went to their first two home matches I can confirm that the scores you have posted for the San Diego Sealions matches are correct. 


Can't claim any special sources. Just a good ferret around the League and club sites usually. I do find the WPSL a bit harder and slower than W-League - whether that's because of the clubs or the league you may know better than me.

I see the SD United set up isn't just the same backroom staff as the Sunwaves but the squad roster also has several of last year's team, including the three with English connections. They must like the weather down there!   ;D ;D


Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 27, 2008, 01:01:04 PM
Week 4

Thursday 29th May

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 0 Atlantic City Diablos 5

Friday 30th May

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 2 Northern Arizona Cheetahs 0

Mid Atlantic Division
Long Island Fury 3 Northampton Laurels 1

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 0 Soccerplus Connecticut 3

Pacific South Division
Los Angeles Rampage 2 Claremont Stars 1

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 0 Puerto Rico Capitals 0
Orlando Falcons 0 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 8

Saturday 31st May

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0 Arizona Rush 4
Colorado Springs United 0 Utah Spiders 3
Denver Diamonds 3 Salt Lake City Sparta 0

Mid Atlantic Division
Millburn Magic 2 Philadelphia Liberty 2
Northampton Laurels 0 Lancaster Inferno 2

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 5 Massachusetts Stingers 2
Maine Tide 0 New England Mutiny 1

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 0 Sonoma County Sol 3
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 California Storm 1
Walnut Creek Power 3 Monterey Blues 1

Pacific South Division
SD United 1 San Diego Sealions 2
West Coast 1 Ajax 4

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 0 Puerto Rico Capitals 0
Orlando Falcons 1 Florida Surge 4
Thomasville Dragons 1 Miami Kickers 2

Sunday 1st June

Big Sky North Division
Colorado Springs United 3 Salt Lake City Sparta 1
Denver Diamonds 3 Utah Spiders 2

Midwest Division
Ohio Premier 2 FC St. Louis 0

Pacific North Division
California Storm 5 Walnut Creek Power 2
Monterey Blues 4 Sacramento Pride 3
Sonoma County Sol 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 1

Pacific South Division
Ajax 0 SD United 0
Claremont Stars 1 West Coast 2
Los Angeles Rampage 1 San Diego Sealions 0

Sunshine Division
Thomasville Dragons 2 Palm Beach United 2

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 1st June
1   California Storm                 3   3   0   0   10     2   9
2   Sonoma County Sol             4   2   1   1     6     3   7
3   Walnut Creek Power            4   2   0   2     7   11   6
4   Monterey Blues                   4   1   1   2     8   10   4
5   Sacramento Pride               3   1   0   2     5     8   3
6   San Francisco Nighthawks   4   0   2   2     3     5   2

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 1st June
1   Los Angeles Rampage   4   3   1   0   6   3   10
2   West Coast                  4   2   1   1   7   7     7
3   SD United                   4   1   2   1   2   2     5
4   Ajax                           4   1   1   2   5   4     4
5   San Diego Sealions      4   1   1   2   5   7     4
6   Claremont Stars          4   0   2   2   2   4     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 1st June
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos   5   4   1   0    13   1   13
2   Palm Beach United                 4   2   1   1     7   6     7
3   Florida Surge                       4   1   1   2     5   5     4
4   Puerto Rico Capitals               3   0   3   0     1   1     3
5   Miami Kickers                       3   1   0   2     4   5     3
6   Thomasville Dragons             3   0   2   1     4   5     2
7  Orlando Falcons                    2    0   0   2    1   12   0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: norge95 on May 28, 2008, 12:45:23 AM
Sunday 25th May

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 2 Monterey Blues 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Sonoma County Sol 1
Walnut Creek Power 0 California Storm 4

Pacific South Division
San Diego Sealions 1 Los Angeles Rampage 1
SD United 1 v Ajax 0
West Coast 0 Claremont Stars 0


After the first full weekend of play, SD United, with four points from two matches,  is currently in a three-way tie for first place on points in the WPSL Pacific South division.  8)

http://www.wpsl.info/standings/

Getting a draw on the road and then defeating perennial league power AJAX 1-0 the very next day at home is about as good of a start as San Diego's newest club could hope for.  With an important victory in the team's first-ever home match at Valhalla "Viking Heaven" Stadium I would think that this result would have been posted at the team's website shortly after the final whistle was blown. 

http://www.sdunited.net/womens.html
Title: Brits on Sunwaves Roster
Post by: norge95 on May 28, 2008, 01:06:59 AM

I read somewhere that some of the San Diego Sunwaves staff were involved in the new SD United set-up. Your link seems to confirm that.
I was wondering why the Sunwaves had folded after quite a successful opening season in the W-League's Western Conference - only failing at the Conference Play-Off to Seattle. It seems that they've just changed their name instead.


The three Brits who were on the Sunwaves roster last season have apparently decided to stay in San Diego and play for SD United:

http://www.sdunited.net/roster.html

Debs Brereton   Middlesbrough, USL-W

Laura “Coops” Cooper M  England National Team

Holly Grogan MF  England  Mid-Tenn Univ, USL-W


I'd be interested to know what kind arrangements the Sunwaves were able to make last season to secure the services of three players from England.  Since the players are not supposed to be paid a salary, I wonder if the Sunwaves found housing for them and helped them get jobs?  I wonder too if the league is allowed to help foreign players get temporary work permits or even green cards?
Title: S.D. United's English contingent.
Post by: redrobin on May 29, 2008, 01:06:14 AM

Debs Brereton   Middlesbrough, USL-W

Laura “Coops” Cooper M  England National Team

Holly Grogan MF  England  Mid-Tenn Univ, USL-W


I'd be interested to know what kind arrangements the Sunwaves were able to make last season to secure the services of three players from England.  Since the players are not supposed to be paid a salary, I wonder if the Sunwaves found housing for them and helped them get jobs?  I wonder too if the league is allowed to help foreign players get temporary work permits or even green cards?

I reckon Debs Brereton and Holly Grogan were already in the States on University scholarships. In Laura's case she joined the Sunwaves for summer 2007 after playing for Chelsea in our Premier League and returned to the UK and Chelsea at the end of the Sunwaves season.

Presumably she is repeating that approach this summer. I guess she wouldn't have required a work permit if the clubs don't pay the players.

I'm intrigued to know what players like Laura and Lorrie Fair (who spent a chunk of last season with Chelsea) think about the relative standards of the different leagues. Perhaps one day we'll find out  :)

 
Title: Re: S.D. United's English contingent.
Post by: norge95 on May 29, 2008, 09:33:11 PM
I reckon Debs Brereton and Holly Grogan were already in the States on University scholarships. In Laura's case she joined the Sunwaves for summer 2007 after playing for Chelsea in our Premier League and returned to the UK and Chelsea at the end of the Sunwaves season.

Thanks for this information Robin.  :)

Presumably she is repeating that approach this summer. I guess she wouldn't have required a work permit if the clubs don't pay the players.

I realize that the British players don't need a work permit to play for SD United, but was thinking more along the lines of how they are able to support themselves while they are living in the San Diego area.

I'm intrigued to know what players like Laura and Lorrie Fair (who spent a chunk of last season with Chelsea) think about the relative standards of the different leagues. Perhaps one day we'll find out  :)

Lorrie Fair was on the San Diego SeaLions roster the previous two seasons and her twin sister Ronnie has been with the SeaLions for many years and played in both matches for San Diego over the weekend.  I'm not sure what Lorrie thinks about "the relative standards of the different leagues," but one of the perks of her being with the Chelsea organization was that Lorrie got to travel to Moscow for the CL Final last week.   8)
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 06, 2008, 09:00:16 PM
Week 5

Tuesday 3rd June

Mid Atlantic Division
Long Island Fury 4 Central Delaware SA Future 0

Wednesday 4th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Lancaster Inferno 2 Northampton Laurels 0

Friday 6th June

Big Sky South Division
Vitesse Dallas 0 Oklahoma Alliance 5

North East Division
Soccerplus Connecticut 5 Boston Aztecs 0

Sunshine Division
Miami Kickers 9 Orlando Falcons 1

Saturday 7th June

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 5 Colorado Springs United 1
Salt Lake City Sparta 0 Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1
Utah Spiders 3 Arizona Rush 1

Big Sky South Division
Fort Worth 0 Oklahoma Alliance 3
Vitesse Dallas 2 South Select 3

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 1 Long Island Fury 3
Central Delaware SA Future 2 Millburn Magic 3
Northampton Laurels 1 TSC Maryland Pride 0
**Maryland match deleted from League records

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 0 New England Mutiny 1
Maine Tide 3 Adirondack Lynx 1

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 4 Thomasville Dragons 2
Puerto Rico Capitals 0 Palm Beach United 0

Sunday 8th June

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 2 Denver Diamonds 2
Salt Lake City Sparta 2 Arizona Rush 2
Utah Spiders 5 Northern Arizona Cheetahs 0

Big Sky South Division
Fort Worth 0 South Select 2

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 1 Lancaster Inferno 2

Midwest Division
MYSC Lady Blues 2 FC St. Louis 0
Ohio Premier 3 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 0 Adirondack Lynx 5

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 5 Thomasville Dragons 0
Miami Kickers 3 Florida Surge 4

**There are also a number of games on both Saturday and Sunday between Pacific North and South teams from the Western Conference.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 11, 2008, 09:56:35 PM
Week 6

Wednesday 11th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Long Island Fury 5 Lancaster Inferno 2

Friday 13tth June

Big Sky South Division
Oklahoma Alliance 3 Vitesse Dallas 0

Mid Atlantic Division
Long Island Fury 1 Millburn Magic 0

North East Division
New England Mutiny 1 Soccerplus Connecticut 3

Saturday 14th June

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 3 Colorado Springs United 0
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 2 Denver Diamonds 3

Big Sky South Division
Oklahoma Alliance 4 Fort Worth 3
Tulsa Spirit 0 Vitesse Dallas 2

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 5 Northampton Laurels 0
Central Delaware SA Future 0 Lancaster Inferno 6

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 2 FC St. Louis 3
MYSC Lady Blues 2 Chicago United Breeze 1

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 0 New England Mutiny 4
Maine Tide 6 Massachusetts Stingers 0

Pacific North Division
Sonoma County Sol 1 California Storm 2
Walnut Creek Power 0 Sacramento Pride 3

Pacific South Division
Ajax 3 San Diego Sealions 1
Los Angeles Rampage 0 West Coast 2

Sunshine Division
Puerto Rico Capitals 1 Miami Kickers 2
Thomasville Dragons 1 Orlando Falcons 0

Sunday 15th June

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 4 Denver Diamonds 3
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1 Colorado Springs United 2

Big Sky South Division
Tulsa Spirit 3 Fort Worth 3

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 1 FC St. Louis 2
MYSC Lady Blues 1 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

North East Division
New York Athletic 2 Boston Aztecs 2

Pacific North Division
Sonoma County Sol 2 Monterey Blues 1
Walnut Creek Power 0 San Francisco Nighthawks 2

Pacific South Division
Ajax 3 Claremont Stars 0
Los Angeles Rampage 1 SD United 2

Sunshine Division
Orlando Falcons 2 Palm Beach United 4





Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 12, 2008, 04:42:58 PM
The two Pacific Conference Division tables remain the same this week as a series of inter-divisional games took place last weekend between the clubs from the two divisions. The games showed that the South teams are generally stronger and are likely to be the favourites for the Conference play-offs in the autumn.
 
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   Utah Spiders                     4   3   0   1  13   4   9
2   Denver Diamonds              3   2   1   0   8   4   7
3   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   4   2   1   1   9   7   7
4   Arizona Rush                     3   1   1   1   7   5   4
5   Colorado Springs United     3   1   0   2   4   9   3
6   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  3   1   0   2   1   7   3
7   Salt Lake City Sparta          4   0   1   3   3   9   1

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   Lancaster Inferno                 4   4   0   0     7     1   12
2   Long Island Fury                  3   3   0   0   10     2     9
3   Millburn Magic                     4   2   1   1     8     5     7
4   Philadelphia Liberty              4   1   2   1     5     4     5
5   Atlantic City Diablos             3   1   1   1     6     3     4
6   Northampton Laurels            4   1   0   3     3     8     3
7   Central Delaware SA Future   6   0   0   6     3   19     0

* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   Soccerplus Connecticut    5   5   0   0   25     0   15
2   New England Mutiny       4   4   0   0    11     1   12
3   Adirondack Lynx            5   2   0   3    12   12     6
4   Maine Tide                    3   1   0   2     3     4     3
5   New York Athletic           2   1   0   1     2     5     3
6   Boston Aztecs                4   1   0   3     5     9     3
7   Massachusetts Stingers   5   0   0   5     3   30      0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   California Storm                 3   3   0   0   10     2   9
2   Sonoma County Sol            4   2   1   1     6     3   7
3   Walnut Creek Power           4   2   0   2      7    11   6
4   Monterey Blues                  4   1   1   2     8    10   4
5   Sacramento Pride               3   1   0   2     5     8   3
6   San Francisco Nighthawks   4   0   2   2     3     5   2

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   Los Angeles Rampage   4   3   1   0   6   3   10
2   West Coast                  4   2   1   1   7   7     7
3   SD United                   4   1   2   1   2   2     5
4   Ajax                           4   1   1   2   5   4     4
5   San Diego Sealions      4   1   1   2   5   7     4
6   Claremont Stars          4   0   2   2   2   4     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 8th June
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos   6   5   1   0    18    1   16
2   Florida Surge                        6   3   1   2    13  10   10
3   Palm Beach United                 5   2   2   1     7    6     8
4   Miami Kickers                       5   2   0   3    16  10     6
5   Puerto Rico Capitals               4   0   4   0     1    1     4
6   Thomasville Dragons             5   0   2   3      6  14     2
7   Orlando Falcons                    3   0   0   3     2   21     0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 16, 2008, 06:15:15 PM
Week 7

Monday 16th June

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 3 Florida Surge 1

Wednesday 18th June

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 0 Chicago United Breeze 1

Friday 20th June

Big Sky North Division
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 10

Mid Atlantic Division
Lancaster Inferno 0 Philadelphia Liberty 0
Millburn Magic 0 Atlantic City Diablos 1
Northampton Laurels 1 Central Delaware SA Future 0

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 0 Soccerplus Connecticut 5

Sunshine Division
Orlando Falcons 0 Miami Kickers 8

Saturday 21st June

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 0 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0
Denver Diamonds 1 Colorado Springs United 1

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 1 New York Athletic 3
New England Mutiny 6 Adirondack Lynx 0

Pacific North Division
California Storm 6 San Francisco Nighthawks 0
Monterey Blues 0 Walnut Creek Power 1
Sonoma County Sol 2 Sacramento Pride 1

Pacific South Division
Ajax 1 West Coast 3
Claremont Stars 0 Los Angeles Rampage 3
San Diego Sealions 1 SD United 0

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 1 Orlando Falcons 0
Miami Kickers 6 Thomasville Dragons 0
Puerto Rico Capitals 0 Florida Surge 1

Sunday 22nd June

Big Sky South Division
South Select 1 Tulsa Spirit 2

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 1 Atlantic City Diablos 0

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 2 New York Athletic 0
Soccerplus Connecticut 3 Maine Tide 0

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 0 California Storm 11 (eleven)
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Monterey Blues 0
Walnut Creek Power 0 Sonoma County Sol 4

Pacific South Division
Los Angeles Rampage 1 Ajax 3
SD United 5 Claremont Stars 0
West Coast 2 San Diego Sealions 0



Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 20, 2008, 01:38:17 AM
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Arizona Rush                    5   3   1   1   14    8  10
2   Denver Diamonds              5   3   1   1   14  10  10
3   Utah Spiders                     4   3   0   1   13   4    9
4   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   4   2   1   1    9    7    7
5   Colorado Springs United     5   2   0   3    6  13    6
6   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  5   1   0   4    4  12    3
7   Salt Lake City Sparta          4   0   1   3    3    9    1

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Oklahoma Alliance   4   4   0   0   15     3   12
2   South Select           2   2   0   0     5     2     6
3   Vitesse Dallas         4   1   0   3     4   11     3
4   Tulsa Spirit             2   0   1   1     3     5     1
5   Fort Worth              4   0   1   3     6   12     1

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Long Island Fury                  5   5   0   0   16     4   15
2   Lancaster Inferno                 6   5   0   1   15     6   15
3   Atlantic City Diablos             4   2   1   1    11    3     7
4   Millburn Magic                     5   2   1   2     8     6     7
5   Philadelphia Liberty              4   1   2   1     5     4     5
6   Northampton Laurels            5   1   0   4     3    13    3
7   Central Delaware SA Future   7   0   0   7     3    25     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Soccerplus Connecticut    6   6   0   0    28     1   18
2   New England Mutiny        6   5   0   1    16     4   15
3   Maine Tide                     4   2   0   2      9     4    6
4   Adirondack Lynx             6   2   0   4    12    16    6
5   New York Athletic            3   1   1   1     4      7    4
6   Boston Aztecs                 5   1   1   3     7    11     4
7   Massachusetts Stingers    6   0   0   6     3    36     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   California Storm                 4   4   0   0   12     3   12
2   Sonoma County Sol            6   3   1   2     9     6   10
3   Sacramento Pride               4   2   0   2     8     8    6
4   Walnut Creek Power            6   2   0   4    7    16    6
5   San Francisco Nighthawks   5   1   2   2     5     5    5
6   Monterey Blues                  5   1   1   3     9    12   4

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Ajax                           6   3   1   2  11  5    10
2   West Coast                  5   3   1   1   9   7   10
3   Los Angeles Rampage   6   3   1   2   7   7   10
4   SD United                   5   2   2   1   4   3     8
5   San Diego Sealions      5   1   1   3   6  10    4
6   Claremont Stars           5   0   2   3   2   7     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 15th June
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos   6   5   1   0    18    1   16
2   Palm Beach United                 6   3   2   1    11    8   11
3   Florida Surge                        6   3   1   2    13  10   10
4   Miami Kickers                       6   3   0   3    18  11     9
5   Thomasville Dragons             6   1   2   3      7  14     5
6   Puerto Rico Capitals               5   0   4   1     2    3     4
7   Orlando Falcons                    5   0   0   5     4   26     0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 25, 2008, 11:54:01 AM
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   6   3   2   1   19   8   11
2   Arizona Rush                     6   3   2   1   14   8  11
3   Denver Diamonds              6   3   2   1   15  11  11
4   Utah Spiders                     4   3   0   1   13   4    9
5   Colorado Springs United     6   2   1   3    7  14    7
6   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  6   1   0   5    5  22    3
7   Salt Lake City Sparta          4   0   1   3    3    9    1

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   Oklahoma Alliance   4   4   0   0   15   3   12
2   South Select           3   2   0   1    6    4    6
3   Tulsa Spirit             3   1   1   1    5    6    4
4   Vitesse Dallas         4   1   0   3    4   11    3
5   Fort Worth              4   0   1   3    6   12    1

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   Lancaster Inferno                 7   5   1   1   15     6   16
2   Long Island Fury                  5   5   0   0   16     4   15
3   Atlantic City Diablos             6   3   1   2    12    4    10
4   Philadelphia Liberty              6   2   3   1     6     4     9
5   Millburn Magic                     6   2   1   3     8     7     7
6   Northampton Laurels            6   2   0   4     4    13     6
7   Central Delaware SA Future   8   0   0   8     3    26     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   Soccerplus Connecticut    8   8   0   0    36     1   24
2   New England Mutiny        7   6   0   1    22     4   18
3   Boston Aztecs                 6   2   1   3     9    11    7
4   New York Athletic            5   2   1   2     7    10    7
5   Maine Tide                     5   2   0   3      9     7    6
6   Adirondack Lynx             7   2   0   5    12    22    6
7   Massachusetts Stingers    8   0   0   8     4    44    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   California Storm                 6   6   0   0   29     3   18
2   Sonoma County Sol            8   5   1   2   15     7   16
3   Walnut Creek Power           8   3   0   5      8   20    9
4   San Francisco Nighthawks   7   1   3   3     5    11   6
5   Sacramento Pride               6   2   0   4     9    21   6
6   Monterey Blues                  7   1   2   4     9    13   5

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   West Coast                  7   5   1   1  14   8    16
2   Ajax                           8   4   1   3  15   9    13
3   Los Angeles Rampage   8   4   1   3  11  10   13
4   SD United                   7   3   2   2   9    4    11
5   San Diego Sealions      7   2   1   4   7   12     7
6   Claremont Stars           7   0   2   5   2   15    2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 22nd June
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos   8   7   1   0    22    2   22
2   Miami Kickers                       8   5   0   3    32   11   15
3   Florida Surge                        8   4   1   3    15  13   13
4   Palm Beach United                 6   3   2   1    11    8   11
5   Thomasville Dragons              7   1   2   4     7   20    5
6   Puerto Rico Capitals               6   0   4   2     2     4    4
7   Orlando Falcons                    7   0   0   7     4   35     0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on June 29, 2008, 12:52:45 AM
Week 8

Wednesday 25th June

Big Sky North Division
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1 Arizona Rush 4

Mid Atlantic Division
Millburn Magic 2 Northampton Laurels 1

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 4 FC Twente3 Illinois 3

Friday 27th June

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 7 Salt Lake City Sparta 0

North East Division
Maine Tide 1 Boston Aztecs 1

Sunshine Division
Miami Kickers 4 Puerto Rico Capitals 0
Palm Beach United 8 Orlando Falcons 0
Thomasville Dragons 0 Florida Surge 4

Saturday 28th June

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 1 Utah Spiders 0
Denver Diamonds 2 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 3
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 3 Salt Lake City Sparta 5

Big Sky South Division
South Select 0 Fort Worth 2

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 0 Philadelphia Liberty 5
Northampton Laurels 2 Atlantic City Diablos 2

Midwest Division
MYSC Lady Blues 2 Ohio Premier 0

North East Division
New England Mutiny 6 Maine Tide 0
Soccerplus Connecticut 6 New York Athletic 0

Pacific North Division
Monterey Blues 0 California Storm 3
San Francisco Nighthawks 7 Sacramento Pride 0

Pacific South Division
Claremont Stars 1 San Diego Sealions 3
SD United 3 West Coast 1

Sunshine Division
Palm Beach United 1 Puerto Rico Capitals 0

Sunday 29th June

Big Sky North Division
Colorado Springs United 0 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 5
Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1 Utah Spiders 6

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 2 Lancaster Inferno 1

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 2 Ohio Premier 2

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 1 Boston Aztecs 1
New York Athletic 0 New England Mutiny 7

Pacific North Division
Sacramento Pride 2 Walnut Creek Power 3

Pacific South Division
San Diego Sealions 0 Ajax 3
West Coast 2 Los Angeles Rampage 0

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 3 Orlando Falcons 1
Thomasville Dragons 1 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 2
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 06, 2008, 10:47:02 AM
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   Arizona Rush                     9   6   2   1   26   9   20
2   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   8   5   2   1   27  10   17
3   Utah Spiders                     6   4   0   2   19    6   12
4   Denver Diamonds              7   3   2   2   17  14   11
5   Colorado Springs United     7   2   1   4    7   19    7
6   Salt Lake City Sparta          6   1   1   4    8   19    4
7   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  9   1   0   8   10  37    3

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   Oklahoma Alliance   4   4   0   0   15   3   12
2   South Select           4   2   0   2    6    6    6
3   Tulsa Spirit             3   1   1   1   5    6     4
4   Fort Worth              5   1   1   3   8   12    4
5   Vitesse Dallas         4    1   0   3   4   11    3

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   Lancaster Inferno                 8   5   1   2   16     8   16
2   Long Island Fury                  5   5   0   0   16     4   15
3   Atlantic City Diablos             8   4   2   2   16     7   14
4   Philadelphia Liberty              7   3   3   1   11     4   12
5   Millburn Magic                     7   3   1   3   10     8   10
6   Northampton Laurels            8   2   1   5     7   17     7
7   Central Delaware SA Future   9   0   0   9     3   31    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   Soccerplus Connecticut     9    9   0   0    42    1   27
2   New England Mutiny         9    8   0   1   35    4   24
3   Boston Aztecs                  8   2   3   3    11   13    9
4   Maine Tide                      7   2   1   4    10   14    7
5   Adirondack Lynx              8   2   1   5    13   23    7
6   New York Athletic             7   2   1   4     7   23    7
7   Massachusetts Stingers     8   0   0   8     4    44    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Mid West Conference
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   MYSC Lady Blues          4   4   0   0   7   1   12
2   Ohio Premier                4   2   1   1   7   4     7
3   FC St. Louis                 5   2   1   2   7   9     7
4   Chicago United Breeze   4   2   0   2   7   7     6
5   FC Twente3 Illinois       5   0   0   5   5  12     0

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   California Storm                 7   7   0   0   32     3   21
2   Sonoma County Sol            8   5   1   2   15     7   16
3   Walnut Creek Power           9   4   0   5    11    22  12
4   San Francisco Nighthawks   8   2   3   3    12    11   9
5   Sacramento Pride               8   2   0   6    11   31   6
6   Monterey Blues                  8   1   2   5     9    16   5

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   West Coast                  9   6   1   2  17  11    19
2   Ajax                           9   5   1   3  18    9    16
3   SD United                   8   4   2   2  12    5    14
4   Los Angeles Rampage   9   4   1   4  11  12    13
5   San Diego Sealions      9   3   1   5  10  16    10
6   Claremont Stars           8   0   2   6   3   18     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 29th June
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos   9   8   1   0    24    3   25
2   Florida Surge                       10   6   1   3    22  14   19
3   Miami Kickers                        9   6   0   3    36  11   18
4   Palm Beach United                 8   5   2   1    20    8   17
5   Thomasville Dragons              9   1   2   6     8   26    5
6   Puerto Rico Capitals               8   0   4   4     2     9    4
7   Orlando Falcons                    9   0   0   9     5   46     0


Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 07, 2008, 03:33:56 PM
Week 9

Wednesday 2nd July

Big Sky North Division
Arizona Rush 1 Northern Arizona Cheetahs 1

Thursday 3rd July

Sunshine Division
Miami Kickers 1 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 3

Friday 4th July

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 0 Palm Beach United 0
Thomasville Dragons 0 Puerto Rico Capitals 0

Saturday 5th July

Big Sky North Division
Salt Lake City Sparta 0 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 3

Big Sky South Division
Fort Worth 2 Vitesse Dallas 0
Oklahoma Alliance 2 Tulsa Spirit 0

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 4 FC Twente3 Illinois 1
Ohio Premier 3 MYSC Lady Blues 0

Sunshine Division
Florida Surge 2 Miami Kickers 1
Orlando Falcons 0 Puerto Rico Capitals 1

Sunday 6th July

Big Sky North Division
Utah Spiders 1 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 3

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 4 Central Delaware SA Future 0
Lancaster Inferno 2 Long Island Fury 1
Philadephia Liberty 1 Northampton Laurels 0

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 6 Adirondack Lynx 0

Sunshine Division
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 1 Palm Beach United 0

**There were also a number of games on both Saturday and Sunday between Pacific North and South teams from the Western Conference which seems to be the usual practice as part of Independence Weekend celebrations. The celebrations may also explain the very slow trickle of any of the match results for the week.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2008, 02:03:22 PM
Two of the League's team (or franchises) seem to gave disappeared off the radar in the last week.

Maryland Pride, a formerly successful WPSL team taken over last year by the Thunder Soccer Club and renamed TSC Maryland Pride, had only played one divisional game up to the end of June. Their name still features on the League site but they have no apparent plans to complete a full set of fixtures.

Orlando Falcons seem to have vanished completely from the WPSL scene. They had scheduled fixtures up to last weekend and had fulfilled most of them despite one or two drubbings. Now all reference has disappeared. Two days later and the League have reinstated all references and included them back in the tables - don't know what's going on, I guess the Falcons must have breached some regulations.

I'll amend stuff on here to reflect the changes but if any member or guest knows what's been happening it would be interesting to find out. On their past track record, I don't suppose the League will be making any statements.

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2008, 08:55:52 PM
The two Pacific Conference Division tables remain the same this week as a series of inter-divisional games took place last weekend between the clubs from the two divisions. The games showed that the South teams are generally stronger and are likely to be the favourites for the Conference play-offs in the autumn.

Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   10   7   2   1   33   11   23
2   Arizona Rush                     10   6   3   1   27   10   21
3   Utah Spiders                       7   4   0   3   20    9    12
4   Denver Diamonds                7   3   2   2   17   14   11
5   Colorado Springs United       7   2   1   4    7   19     7
6   Salt Lake City Sparta            7   1   1   5    8   22     4
7   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  10   1   1   8   11  38     4

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   Oklahoma Alliance   5   5   0   0   17   3   15
2   Fort Worth              6   2   1   3   10  12    7
3   South Select           4   2   0   2    6    6     6
4   Tulsa Spirit             4   1   1   2   5     8    4
5   Vitesse Dallas         5    1   0   4   4   13    3

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   Lancaster Inferno                 9   6   1   2   18     9   19
2   Atlantic City Diablos             9   5   2   2   20     7   17
3   Long Island Fury                  6   5   0   1   17     6   15
4   Philadelphia Liberty              8   4   3   1   12     4   15
5   Millburn Magic                     7   3   1   3   10     8   10
6   Northampton Laurels            9   2   1   6     7   18     7
7   Central Delaware SA Future 10   0   0  10    3   35     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   Soccerplus Connecticut     9    9   0   0    42    1   27
2   New England Mutiny         9    8   0   1    35    4   24
3   Boston Aztecs                  9   3   3   3    17   13   12
4   Maine Tide                      7   2   1   4    10   14    7
5   Adirondack Lynx              9   2   1   6    13   29    7
6   New York Athletic             7   2   1   4     7   23    7
7   Massachusetts Stingers     8   0   0   8     4    44    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Mid West Conference
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   MYSC Lady Blues          5   4   0   1    7   4   12
2   Ohio Premier                5   3   1   1  10   4   10
3   FC St. Louis                 6   3   1   2  11  10   10
4   Chicago United Breeze   4   2   0   2   7    7    6
5   FC Twente3 Illinois       6   0   0   6   6   16    0

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   California Storm                 7   7   0   0   32     3   21
2   Sonoma County Sol            8   5   1   2   15     7   16
3   Walnut Creek Power           9   4   0   5    11    22  12
4   San Francisco Nighthawks   8   2   3   3    12    11   9
5   Sacramento Pride               8   2   0   6    11   31   6
6   Monterey Blues                  8   1   2   5     9    16   5

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   West Coast                  9   6   1   2  17  11    19
2   Ajax                           9   5   1   3  18    9    16
3   SD United                   8   4   2   2  12    5    14
4   Los Angeles Rampage   9   4   1   4  11  12    13
5   San Diego Sealions      9   3   1   5  10  16    10
6   Claremont Stars           8   0   2   6   3   18     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 6th July
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos  11  10   1   0    28    4   31
2   Florida Surge                       12    7   2   3    24  15   23
3   Miami Kickers                       11   6   0   5    38  16   18
4   Palm Beach United                10   5   3   2    20    9   18
5   Puerto Rico Capitals              10   1   5   4     3     9    8
6   Thomasville Dragons            10    1   3   6     8   26    6
7   Orlando Falcons                   10    0   0  10    5   47    0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 12, 2008, 10:04:21 AM
Week 10

Tuesday 8th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Millburn Magic 0 Long Island Fury 4

Midwest Division
Ohio Premier 3 Chicago United Breeze 0

Wednesday 9th July

Big Sky North Division
Salt Lake City Sparta 0 Utah Spiders 2

Sunshine Division
Puerto Rico Capitals 1 Orlando Falcons 0

Friday 11th July

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 7 Salt Lake City Sparta 0

Big Sky South Division
Tulsa Spirit 0 Oklahoma Alliance 1

Midwest Division
FC Twente3 Illinois 0 Ohio Premier 3

Saturday 12th July

Big Sky North Division
Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0 Utah Spiders 3
Colorado Springs United 0 Arizona Rush 2
Denver Diamonds 1 Northern Arizona Cheetahs 0

Big Sky South Division
Oklahoma Alliance 2 South Select 1

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 0 Long Island Fury 9
Philadelphia Liberty 1 Millburn Magic 1

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 0 Ohio Premier 3
FC St. Louis 0 MYSC Lady Blues 1

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 1 Soccerplus Connecticut 4
Maine Tide 0 Boston Aztecs 1
New England Mutiny 7 Massachusetts Stingers 0

Pacific North Division
California Storm 2 Monterey Blues 0
Sacramento Pride 0 San Francisco Nighthawks 4

Pacific South Division
San Diego Sealions 1 Claremont Stars 0
West Coast 2 SD United 1

Sunshine Division
Orlando Falcons 0 Thomasville Dragons 1
Palm Beach United 2 Miami Kickers 0
Puerto Rico Capitals 0 Brevard County Cocoa Expos 4

Sunday 13th July

Big Sky North Division
Denver Diamonds 2 Arizona Rush 3

Big Sky South Division
Tulsa Spirit 1 South Select 1

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 0 Long Island Fury 6

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 2 Chicago United Breeze 0
FC Twente3 Illinois 0 MYSC Lady Blues 5

North East Division
New York Athletic 3 Adirondack Lynx 2

Pacific North Division
Monterey Blues 1 Sonoma County Sol 2
San Francisco Nighthawks 2 Walnut Creek Power 1

Pacific South Division
Claremont Stars 1 Ajax 4
SD United 4 Los Angeles Rampage 0

Sunshine Division
Palm Beach United 7 Thomasville Dragons 1





Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 19, 2008, 12:24:34 PM
Week 11

Tuesday 15th July

Big Sky North Division
Colorado Springs United 1 Denver Diamonds 2

Wednesday 16th July

Big Sky North Division
Utah Spiders 5 Salt Lake City Sparta 3

Midwest Division
Chidago United Breeze 0 MYSC Lady Blues 1

Friday 18th July

Big Sky South Division
Vitesse Dallas 1 Fort Worth 1

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 3 Millburn Magic 2
Philadelphia Liberty 1 Long Island Fury 1

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 1 Maine Tide 2
Soccerplus Connecticut 2 New England Mutiny 0

Saturday 19th July

Big Sky North Division
Salt Lake City Sparta 2 Colorado Springs United 1
Utah Spiders 3 Denver Diamonds 1

Big Sky South Division
South Select 2 Oklahoma Alliance 2
Vitesse Dallas 0 Tulsa Spirit 1

Mid Atlantic Division
Lancaster Inferno 6 Central Delaware SA Future 0

Pacific North Division
California Storm 5 Sonoma County Sol 0

Sunday 20th July

Big Sky North Division
Salt Lake City Sparta 4 Denver Diamonds 2
Utah Spiders 6 Colorado Springs United 1

Big Sky South Division
Fort Worth 1 Tulsa Spirit 1

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 4 Millburn Magic 0
Northampton Laurels 2 Philadelphia Liberty 0

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 1 Maine Tide 1
New England Mutiny 5 Boston Aztecs 1
New York Athletic 0 Soccerplus Connecticut 9

Pacific North Division
California Storm 9 Sacramento Pride 0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 21, 2008, 07:50:59 PM
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Arizona Rush                     12   8   3   1   32   12   27
2   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   12   8   2   2   40   14   26
3   Utah Spiders                       9   6   0   3   25    9    18
4   Denver Diamonds                9   4   2   3   20   17   14
5   Colorado Springs United       9   3   1   5    8   21    10
6   Salt Lake City Sparta            9   1   1   7    8   31     4
7   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  12   1   1  10   11  40     4

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Oklahoma Alliance   7   7   0   0   20    4   21
2   South Select           6   2   1   3    8     9     7
3   Fort Worth              6   2   1   3  10   12     7
4   Tulsa Spirit             6   1   2   3   6    10    5
5   Vitesse Dallas         5    1   0   4   4   13     3

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Long Island Fury                  9   8   0   1   36     6   24
2   Lancaster Inferno                 9   6   1   2   18     9   19
3   Atlantic City Diablos             9   5   2   2   20     7   17
4   Philadelphia Liberty              9   4   4   1   13     5   16
5   Millburn Magic                     9   3   2   4   11   13   11
6   Northampton Laurels          10   2   1   7     7   24     7
7   Central Delaware SA Future 11   0   0  11    3   44     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Soccerplus Connecticut   10   10   0   0    46   2   30
2   New England Mutiny       10    9   0   1    42    4   27
3   Boston Aztecs                10   4   3   3    18   13   15
4   New York Athletic             8   3   1   4    10   25   10
5   Maine Tide                      8   2   1   5    10   15     7
6   Adirondack Lynx             11   2   1   8    16   36    7
7   Massachusetts Stingers     9   0   0   9     4    51    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Mid West Conference
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Ohio Premier                8   6   1   1  19   4   19
2   MYSC Lady Blues          7   6   0   1  13   4   18
3   FC St. Louis                 8   4   1   3  13  11  13
4   Chicago United Breeze   7   2   0   5    7  15   6
5   FC Twente3 Illinois       8   0   0   8    6   24   0

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   California Storm                 8   8   0   0   34     3   24
2   Sonoma County Sol            9   6   1   2   17     8   19
3   San Francisco Nighthawks  10   4   3   3   18    12  15
4   Walnut Creek Power          10   4   0   6   12    24  12
5   Sacramento Pride               9   2   0   7    11   35   6
6   Monterey Blues                 10   1   2   7   10   20   5

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   West Coast                 10   7   1   2  19  12    22
2   Ajax                          10   6   1   3  22  10    19
3   SD United                  10   5   2   3  17    7    17
4   Los Angeles Rampage  10   4   1   5  11  16    13
5   San Diego Sealions     10   4   1   5  11  16    13
6   Claremont Stars          10   0   2   8   4   23     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 13th July
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos  12  11   1   0    32    4   34
2   Palm Beach United                12   7   3   2    29  10   24
3   Florida Surge                       12    7   2   3    24  15   23
4   Miami Kickers                       12   6   0   6    38  18   18
5   Puerto Rico Capitals              12   2   5   5     4   13   11
6   Thomasville Dragons            12    2   3   7    10  33    9
7   Orlando Falcons                   12    0   0  12    5   49    0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 25, 2008, 10:18:18 PM
Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   Utah Spiders                     12   9   0   3   39   14   27
2   Arizona Rush                     12   8   3   1   32   12   27
3   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   12   8   2   2   40   14   26
4   Denver Diamonds              12   5   2   5   25   25   17
5   Colorado Springs United     12   3   1   8   11   31   10
6   Salt Lake City Sparta          12   3   1   8   17   39   10
7   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  12   1   1  10   11  40     4

Big Sky Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July
1   Oklahoma Alliance   8   7   1   0   22    6   22
2   Fort Worth              8   2   3   3   12   14    9
3   Tulsa Spirit             8   2   3   3    8    11    9
4   South Select           7   2   2   3   10   11    8
5   Vitesse Dallas         7   1   1   5    5    15    4

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July
1   Long Island Fury                10   8   1   1   37     7   25
2   Lancaster Inferno               10   7   1   2   24     9   22
3   Atlantic City Diablos           10   6   2   2   24     7   20
4   Philadelphia Liberty            11   4   5   2   14     8   17
5   Northampton Laurels          12   4   1   7   12   26   13
6   Millburn Magic                   11   3   2   6   13   20   11
7   Central Delaware SA Future 12   0   0  12    3   50     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July
1   Soccerplus Connecticut   12   12   0   0    57   2   36
2   New England Mutiny       12   10   0   2    47   7   30
3   Boston Aztecs                11    4   3   4    19  18   15
4   Maine Tide                     10   3   2   5    13   17   11
5   New York Athletic             9   3   1   5    10   34   10
6   Adirondack Lynx             12   2   2   8    17   37    8
7   Massachusetts Stingers    10   0   0  10     5   53    0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Mid West Conference
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   MYSC Lady Blues          8   7   0   1  14   4   21
2   Ohio Premier                8   6   1   1  19   4   19
3   FC St. Louis                 8   4   1   3  13  11  13
4   Chicago United Breeze   8   2   0   6    7  16   6
5   FC Twente3 Illinois       8   0   0   8    6   24   0

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   California Storm               10  10   0   0   48    3   30
2   Sonoma County Sol           10   6   1   3   17   13  19
3   San Francisco Nighthawks  10   4   3   3   18   12  15
4   Walnut Creek Power          10   4   0   6   12    24  12
5   Sacramento Pride              10   2   0   8   11   44    6
6   Monterey Blues                 10   1   2   7   10    20   5

Pacific Conference – South Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   West Coast                 10   7   1   2  19  12    22
2   Ajax                          10   6   1   3  22  10    19
3   SD United                  10   5   2   3  17    7    17
4   Los Angeles Rampage  10   4   1   5  11  16    13
5   San Diego Sealions     10   4   1   5  11  16    13
6   Claremont Stars          10   0   2   8   4   23     2

Sunshine Conference
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   Brevard County Cocoa Expos  12  11   1   0    32    4   34
2   Palm Beach United                12   7   3   2    29  10   24
3   Florida Surge                       12    7   2   3    24  15   23
4   Miami Kickers                       12   6   0   6    38  18   18
5   Puerto Rico Capitals              12   2   5   5     4   13   11
6   Thomasville Dragons            12    2   3   7    10  33    9
7   Orlando Falcons                   12    0   0  12    5   49    0
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 10:39:48 PM
Week 12

Tuesday 22nd July

Mid Atlantic Division
Lancaster Inferno 1 Atlantic City Diablos 0

The WPSL end of season seems a bit more messy than the rival W-League from this far away on the other side of the Atlantic.

Firstly, retrospective addition of a small number of results looks as if default scores (1-0) were added together with a couple of 3-0 results. I've already adjusted the earlier posts of results and tables whenever this seems to have happened. Without any explanation posted anywhere by the League or the affected clubs, I guess this might have been done to deal with matches where clubs failed to fulfil a fixture. Despite this the Eastern Conference divisions seem to have finished without resolution of the full set of fixtures.

Secondly two clubs were deducted six points for League violations - Walnut Creek Power and Northern Arizona Cheetahs.

Finally, the Big Sky Conference post season line-up has gone forward with the exclusion of Oklahoma Alliance, the Big Sky South Division champions. There's no League explanation of this but it was unexpected - items earlier last week were commenting on imminent match up between the North and South Division leaders.

Big Sky Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   Utah Spiders                     12   9   0   3   39   14   27
2   Arizona Rush                     12   8   3   1   32   12   27
3   Albuquerque Lady Asylum   12   8   2   2   40   14   26
4   Denver Diamonds              12   5   2   5   25   25   17
5   Colorado Springs United     12   3   1   8   11   31   10
6   Salt Lake City Sparta          12   3   1   8   17   39   10
7   Northern Arizona Cheetahs  12   1   1  10   11  40    -2*
* six points deducted for League violations

Eastern Conference – Mid Atlantic Division
Up to and including Tuesday 22nd July
1   Long Island Fury                10   8   1   1   37     7   25
2   Lancaster Inferno               11   8   1   2   25     9   25
3   Atlantic City Diablos           11   6   2   3   24     8   20
4   Philadelphia Liberty            11   4   5   2   14     8   17
5   Northampton Laurels          12   4   1   7   12   26   13
6   Millburn Magic                   11   3   2   6   13   20   11
7   Central Delaware SA Future 12   0   0  12    3   50     0
* Table based on divisional results only - there are several extra fixtures during the season between North East and Mid Atlantic sides

Pacific Conference – North Division
Up to and including Sunday 20th July (Final Table)
1   California Storm               10  10   0   0   48    3   30
2   Sonoma County Sol           10   6   1   3   17   13  19
3   San Francisco Nighthawks  10   4   3   3   18   12  15
4   Walnut Creek Power          10   4   0   6   12    24   6 *
5   Sacramento Pride              10   2   0   8   11   44    6
6   Monterey Blues                 10   1   2   7   10    20   5
* six points deducted for violation of League regulations.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 10:45:16 PM
Play Offs

Friday 25th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi-Finals
Long Island Fury 2 New England Mutiny 4
Soccerplus Connecticut 2 Lancaster Inferno 1





Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 11:46:20 PM
LONG ISLAND FURY 2, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 4

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (07/25/08) - Experience defeated youthful exuberance tonight as the New England Mutiny defeated the Long Island Fury, 4-2, in the first round of the Women's Premier Soccer League playoffs. The game was played in front of a passionate crowd at Michael Tully Park in New Hyde Park.

The Mutiny (11-2-0) now go on to visit the Connecticut Reds (13-0-0), which defeated the Lancaster Inferno (8-3-2), 2-1 tonight in the other Eastern Conference playoff match. The Fury's season ends with a 9-2-2 record after being crowned Mid-Atlantic Division champions.

The Mutiny's Mary Frances-Monroe returned to Long Island and was the star of the match. The former Northport resident and former U.S. National Team player was a level above everybody else, scoring one goal and providing one assist. The WPSL's leading scorer also drew two fouls which led to goals on free kicks.

The Fury dominated the opening 10 minutes of the game and scored on a 15-yard shot by Lorraine Quinn in the 3rd minute which ricocheted off a Mutiny defender. The Mutiny knotted it up in the 16th minute on a 12-yard shot by Monroe off a cross by Erin Clark. Megan Schnur put the Mutiny ahead in the 36th minute with a 20-yard free kick.

After no goals for most of the second half, three goals at the end decided the match. A Fury free kick in the 89th minute, taken by 15-year-old Karin Simonian, was deflected and Marie Curtin blasted it into the net from five yards. The Mutiny responded with a Mary-Frances Monroe corner kick in stoppage time which resulted in a goal mouth scramble and Karen Gurnon scoring what proved to be the winning goal. Erin Clark added an insurance goal a minute later just before the final whistle of this end-to-end match.

"If you live by youth, you die by youth," commented Fury head coach Paul Riley. "We were up 1-0 and should have been up by three goals with all the chances we had but let them back into the match."

"We played well and the Mutiny is a good team and a top-class organization," Coach Riley continued. "I thought that we were a bit naive tonight and it wound up costing us."

Despite the six goals, both keepers played well and made saves to keep their team in the game. The Fury's Becky Wachsberger made seven saves while New England's Chloe Bezier made five saves.

Source - W.P.S.L.
http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php?cat=62&id=558

MUTINY WIN TO ADVANCE
Article by JUSTIN SIMON

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. - For a team coming off a dominating 5-1 win that saw their defense rarely tested last Sunday, the New England Mutiny came out flat last night in a quarterfinal matchup of the Women’s Premier Soccer League against the Long Island Fury at Tully Field.

To the rescue came Mary-Frances Monroe.

In an exciting game start to finish, the Mutiny came out on top 4-2. Karen Gurnon’s goal off a rebound after a corner kick in the 90th minute broke a 2-2 tie. Erin Clark scored in injury time for the final count.

The Mutiny’s scoring flourish came after the Fury tied the match at 2-2 in the 89th minute.

“I was trying not to go to overtime,” head coach Tony Horta said. “I thought they had better numbers than we did and a lot more healthy players on their bench. Lucky for us we got the rebound of that kick and the ball went in. Our girls showed a lot of heart tonight.”

After a Lorraine Quinn goal for the Fury after only three minutes of play, Monroe scored in the 16th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. She then helped set up the go-ahead goal in the 35th minute, which was scored by Meghan Schnur. Monroe was fouled on the play which gave the Mutiny a free kick opportunity. Schnur beat the Fury’s goalie Becky Wachsberger to put the Mutiny ahead 2-1.

“I told the girls to just calm down,” Horta said. “They came out and maybe underestimated these girls (Fury) and then they kind of woke up. I’m very proud of them.”

With a chance to play archrival Soccerplus Connecticut on the line, head coach Tony Horta went with his backup goalie Chloe Beizer after she had a strong performance against Boston on Sunday. It’s safe to say she weathered the storm of the opening minutes. With two key saves in the opening five minutes, Beizer was the anchor of the Mutiny defense.

With the Fury only having one player out of college, the experience level of the Mutiny showed-especially by Monroe.

Numerous times she came up with scoring chances with about two shots that hit the post and two more that missed the net by inches.

Playing only 20 minutes from her hometown of Northport, N.Y., Monroe’s presence helped free up her teammates as the Fury defenders were keying on her the entire night.

The Mutiny will go on to play Connecticut Sunday at 2 p.m. “This team is ready to go back to where we came from and that’s the finals,” said Horta. “These girls are prepared for anyone and I think we can play with Soccerplus.”

http://mutinysoccer.com/mutiny-win-to-advance/

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Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2008, 12:26:44 AM
SOCCERPLUS CT 2, LANCASTER INFERNO 1

NEW BRITAIN, CT (07/25/08) - The Reds have seen thunder, lightning, rain, and scorching heat this season at Willowbrook Park. This past Friday must have been a blessing, clear skies and the temperature in the low 80s.

Put simply, the Reds capitalized. Taking on the Lancaster Inferno in the semi-finals of the 2008 WPSL Eastern Conference playoffs, the Reds won a hard fought game 2-1.

After the game was delayed fifteen minutes due to the late arrival of the Inferno, the teams appeared evenly matched early on. In the fourth minute Maggie Tomecka produced a soft shot from inside the box, saved by Inferno keeper Joy Shaiebly. Shortly after, the Inferno had a chance of their own as Reds' keeper Jill Mastroianni made a save on a header.

About thirty minutes into the game, the Reds began to take control. Chioma Igwe orchestrated two of three sequential attacks with well designed through balls within the attacking third.

Said head coach Tony DiCicco, "Early in the game, I thought we were a little bit suspect defensively. Just a lot of unforced errors. Once we got that sorted out, we began to take over the game."

However, the Inferno were not going to go down easily. Forward Amy Pickard made several strong runs at the Connecticut defense, with Niki Cross making two crucial tackles.

The teams entered halftime deadlocked at 0-0.

But the Reds came out quickly in the second half. In the 47th minute, Igwe played a ball to Erika Sutton along the right sideline. Sutton turned the ball back towards the middle of the field and fired a strong shot into the upper left corner from the top of the 18-yard box.

"Chioma played me a great ball in behind, and I had enough time to cut it back and shoot with my left foot," Sutton said.

Players like Sutton have proved vital for the Reds in the previous weeks, especially with some of the recent injury problems.

"Overall, the players have all stepped up and helped out. We're probably missing four starters right now. And so these other players have an opportunity, and they have to make the most of it. Erika had a great game tonight, and Niki Cross has stepped up as well with the loss of Kristen Graczyk. And it's good to see Corie Halasz back on the field as well," said DiCicco.

The Reds kept the pressure on throughout the second half, making the Inferno's chances few and far between. Pickard had the best chance for her squad about midway through half, but Niki cross blocked her strike just beyond the penalty spot.

Sutton was back at it again in the 80th minute, this time dishing to Tiffany Weimer. Tiff received the through ball at the top of the eighteen, beat the last defender and buried the ball into the right side of the goal.

Said Weimer, "I knew that the defender was going to over-commit, so I just chopped it to my left and faked to Becky, then slid it to the right."

But the Inferno weren't done just yet. Number thirty five Leigh Victory scored on a long from about thirty yards out in the 89th minute, just gliding it over the out-stretched hand of Mastroianni and dipping it under the cross bar.

However, the Reds weren't going to let this one slip away. While the Inferno tried to pour it on in stoppage time, the defense stood tall, and the Reds came away with a 2-1 victory.

With the win, the Reds improve to 13-0-0 on the year, while the Lancaster Inferno fall to 8-3-1.

Nevertheless, Soccerplus still has to improve as their playoff run continues.

Said DiCicco, "I want to work on some of our decisions with the ball, keeping the ball a little bit better. It's the equivalent of a quarterback who just tries the long pass every time. Every once in a while you might connect one, but pretty much the defense is ready for it. If it's on you play it, if it isn't on you keep the ball and another opportunity will show up."

In the other semi-final of the Eastern Confernce, the New England Mutiny defeated the Long Island Fury 4-2 in Long Island. This sets the stage for a third meeting between the Reds and the Mutiny on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 in New Britain. To the winner goes the title of Eastern Conference Champion and a birth in the WPSL Final Four in Sacramento, California.

Source - W.P.S.L.

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2008, 10:24:08 AM
Play-Offs

Saturday 26th July

Big Sky Conference Play-Off Final
Utah Spiders 2 Arizona Rush 6

Pacific Conference Play-Off Semi Finals
California Storm 0 Ajax 2
West Coast 3 Sonoma County Sol 2

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2008, 10:15:49 AM
Play-Offs

Sunday 27th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final
Soccerplus Connecticut 0 New England Mutiny 1

Pacific Conference Play-Off Final
West Coast 0 Ajax 2

Monday 28th July

Inter-Conference (Sunshine v Mid West) Play Off
Brevard County Cocoa Expos 0 MYSC Lady Blues 1

Final Four are:-
Ajax (Pacific Conference)
Arizona Rush (Big Sky Conference)
MYSC Lady Blues (Midwest Conference)
New England Mutiny (Eastern Conference)

League Championship Finals will be played in Sacramento next weekend (2nd/3rd August)





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Post by: redrobin on August 02, 2008, 12:44:12 PM
WCFC Falls in Regional Final
By: Jim Inghram
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 11:12 am

YORBA LINDA - The West Coast FC ran into a hot team at the wrong time Sunday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Ajax America in the Pacific Conference Championship game of the WPSL at Esperanza High School.

Ajax (8-3-1) won its last five in the regular season to come from the depths of the Pacific South Division to second place, behind West Coast FC. Ajax took out the undefeated North Division champion, California Storm, 2-0, on Saturday. Then did they same to WCFC (8-3-1) on Sunday. The victory qualifies Ajax for the national championship tournament Aug. 2-3 in Sacramento.

“We’ve been a on very good run and we hope to keep it going,” said Ajax coach Brian Boswell, the Pacific Conference coach of the year.

The teams battled to scoreless tie in the first half, with West Coast creating many more chances than Ajax by keeping possession of the ball in its zone. Ajax goalie Ali Lipsher had two saves in the first half.

Ajax took the lead five minutes into the second half when Brook O’Hanley sent a long pass to Shannon Cross (USC '04), who collected the ball and raced around the edge of the defense to put a shot on goal that hit the far post and went in.

The goal appeared to open up play for both teams as each came up with excellent opportunities. Three in particular by WCFC had the chance to be equalizers, but each came up short. Charity Weston worked her way through the defense, and while double-teamed managed to send a shot that Lipsher stopped. Megan Kakadelas sent a bullet from the top of the box that went wide and Kylie Jones had a great look a few minutes later.

The Ajax defense of Jen Brewer, Stephanie School and Dani Bosio did a solid job of minimizing any WCFC looks after those three chances. And it was Bosio, who played with the So Cal Blues, who put the game out of reach when she scored in the 70th minute.

http://soccer.xkorangecounty.com/news.php?viewStory=625
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Post by: redrobin on August 02, 2008, 12:50:18 PM
SOCCERPLUS CONNECTICUT 0 NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 1

Mutiny End Reds' Season with a 1-0 Win
By Michael Cohen

NEW BRITAIN, CT (07/27/08) - The Reds had beaten the Mutiny twice already this year: 3-1 on June 13th and 2-0 on July 18th. Unfortunately, the third time proved the charm for the team from Massachusetts in the East Final, as they escaped with a hard fought one-goal victory.

From the opening whistle, the Mutiny came out quickly and had several early opportunities. Forward Erin Gatto and midfielder Meghan Schnur took shots in the fifth and sixth minutes respectively, each time striking the ball over the crossbar. Schnur in particular was a factor all game long on set pieces. In the 9th minute she took a free kick from twenty five yards out that was just inches over the goal.

It wasn't until the 22nd minute that the Reds had their first true chance of the match, a well-placed cross into the box that was headed away by a Mutiny defender.

"We talked about that, not letting them get off to an early start. We wanted to be the team to establish our game. I think that was important because we knew that if they lacked the confidence from the beginning, they couldn't put us back on our heels," said Mutiny coach Tony Horta.

In the 35th minute, Reds forward Tiffany Weimer received a punt from goalkeeper Jill Mastroianni in the attacking third of the field. Mutiny keeper Chloe Beizer was off her line, but Tiff's chip went just wide on the right side of the goal.

Shortly thereafter, the Mutiny had their best chance of the first half. Meghan Schnur played a cross into the box from the left flank, and a scramble ensued right in front of the goal mouth. After a few tense seconds, Jill dove on the ball to end the opposing attack.

The first half proved to be incredibly physical as well. The Reds committed twelve fouls in the first half compared to just three by the Mutiny. Nonetheless, the teams went into halftime deadlocked at 0-0.

For the second game in a row, the Reds came out firing in the second half. In the 48th minute, Becky Ryan stole the ball from the Mutiny's left back, Meg Cunningham. Dribbling along the end line, Becky played a ball back into the penalty area for Maggie Tomecka. Maggie's shot was pushed away by Beizer, and Manya Makoski's rebound sailed over the crossbar.

In the 50th minute, the Reds had beautiful combination play inside the Mutiny 18-yard box. While shielding a defender, Maggie Tomecka played a back-heel pass through to Tiffany Weimer, but Beizer made the save.

While the Reds dominated the opening part of the second half, the Mutiny had a successful counter attack in the 57th minute. Mary Frances Monroe played a ball through to Erin Clark, who slid it past Jill Mastroianni into the left side of the net.

Said Horta, "We know that if we isolate Clark one-on-one she is going to get goals. We knew they were going to bring high pressure to try and get an early goal and try to take our psychological point away. We just had to hang in there and try to counter."

But the Reds weren't going to go out without a fight. In the 60th minute Tiffany Weimer lined up a free kick from 20 yards out, just to the left side of the goal. She bent the ball around the wall, but the ball ripped off the crossbar and out of harms way. Just two minutes later Becky Ryan took a shot from 25 yards out that had Beizer beat. Unfortunately, the ball flew just over the crossbar yielding only a goal kick.

From this point forward, the Mutiny focused their efforts on working the clock. The Reds kept the pressure on but to no avail. They had one last chance in stoppage time, but Katie Schoepfer's through ball was just behind Tiffany Weimer.

The final whistle signaled the end of the Connecticut Reds season, as the Mutiny came out on top 1-0. The Reds finished their 2008 season with a record of 13-1 and an East Conference North Division Regular Season Championship.

"We came into the season with the goal of making to California, so we're a little disappointed. To lose one game isn't the end of the world. The unfortunate thing is that this is the game that mattered. For the players on this team, they're missing the mentality to win, something that the Mutiny has," said Reds Assistant Coach Lisa Cole.

She explained, "I think they just needed to believe in themselves a little bit more. We knew we could play with them, you saw that in the beginning of the second half. At this point, we still need to prove that we can bring our A-game when things matter. Hopefully we will be able accomplish that next year."

Source - W.P.S.L.
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Post by: redrobin on August 02, 2008, 01:17:26 PM
Blues bruise Expos 1-0
Season ends for Brevard women, despite 11-1-1 mark
by Mark DeCotis • FLORIDA TODAY • July 29, 2008

The MYSC Lady Blues made the most of their chance, while the Brevard County Cocoa Expos couldn't cash in on theirs. Thus, their Women's Premier Soccer League season ended in the first round of the playoffs Monday night in a 1-0 defeat.

The Lady Blues (8-1), the Midwest Conference champions, advance to the league's championship final four this weekend in Sacramento, Calif., while the Expos, the Sunshine Conference champs, finished 11-1-1.

Forward Marie Gallagher beat Expos goalie Natalie Feller on a rush in the eighth minute, scoring on a high ball to put the Lady Blues on the board. The goal was only the fifth the Expos allowed all season.

The Expos had their chances in the tense, physical, back-and-forth match, the best early one being all-conference striker Stacey Jo Fletcher hitting the right post in the 18th minute.

The hosts pressed matters throughout the first half, but couldn't break down the Lady Blues' defense or beat acrobatic keeper Laurel Peak.

Things were pressed further in the second half with the Expos swarming like the omnipresent mosquitoes, but to no avail.

Fletcher was high with another shot as time wound down in the 87th minute, and the Expos never got another good chance.

"We knew coming in they had a really good defense," Expos coach James Kryger said. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't break them down.

"Credit to their team. They got the early goal. Normally, that's the kind of goal we get."

That the goal came in transition fit the pattern the more experienced Lady Blues, who allowed only four goals in nine games, played all season.

"A lot of our offensive opportunities come in transition, obviously," said MYSC coach Ben John.

"We are one of the oldest teams in the league. Some of it is the sensibility of trying to conserve our energy, finding those spurts when we can attack."

The Lady Blues also negated the Expos' advantage in speed.

"When you've got an older team, maybe not as fast," John said, "that low-pressure sort of strategy of staying back a little bit, take away the space from them, works well with a team like that."

It certainly worked Monday night.

"Their keeper was phenomenal," Kryger said. "With a little luck, we could have gotten a chance here and there. We've won games that way, now we're in the other situation. It's unfortunate that we can't go to California, but the girls had a great season. I've very happen with them."

http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080729/SPORTS/807290336/1002/SPORTS
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Post by: redrobin on August 03, 2008, 06:01:07 PM
League Championship Play-Offs

Saturday 2nd August

Semi Finals (played at Sacramento)
Ajax 5 MYSC Lady Blues 0
Arizona Rush 2 New England Mutiny 1

Sunday 3rd August

League Championship Final (played at Sacramento)
Ajax 3 Arizona Rush 1
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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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Post by: redrobin 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

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php?cat=1&id=570
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Post by: redrobin 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."

http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/1127697.html

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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. :(

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: shlj 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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.

 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: shlj 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. 
Title: Milburn Magic : Key Players to Return for Magic
Post by: shlj 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
Title: Milburn Magic roster
Post by: shlj 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
Title: Re: Milburn Magic roster
Post by: Magic 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...
Title: Re: Milburn Magic roster
Post by: shlj 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.

Follow us online...
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.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2009, 12:56:40 AM
Week 1

Saturday 9th May

Eastern Division
Bay State Select 0 New York Athletic 4


Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Magic on May 08, 2009, 04:54:27 AM
Should be a close game I think. The rest of the league opens up next week.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin 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.
 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 13, 2009, 02:08:03 PM
Week 2

Friday 15th May

Eastern Division
Bay State Select 2 Maine Tide 1

Saturday 16th May

Eastern Division
New England Mutiny 4 Maine Tide 0
New York Athletic 0 Boston Aztec 4
TSC Maryland Pride 0 Atlantic City Diablos 0

Sunday 17th May

Eastern Division
Millburn Magic 5 Central Delaware SA Future 0

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Magic on May 15, 2009, 04:15:50 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.
 

I understand that Bay State were struggling with a lot of their players not yet back from college - NY are largely post-college, so not affected. We see then on May 27, so I'll get a better idea then. I'll be surprised if  they don't finish close together in the league.

Donn had some good games for us last year - she has lot of potential and can be physically dominant. Is she still playing? I understood she pretty much fell off the face of the earth? I understand Rachel is in Tampa this year at Hellenic of the W-League. Should be a good experience if she can deal with the heat.

Weekend predictions: Maine / Bay State score draw. Mutiny over Tide, Boston over NY, Diablos v Maryland could be interesting as there have been considerable changes at both. I'll take AC in a close game, and defer judgment on our Sunday game. Looking forward to getting it all underway.
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 22, 2009, 10:51:15 PM
Week 3

Friday 22nd May

Eastern Division
Soccerplus Connecticut 1 New England Mutiny 0

Saturday 23rd May

Eastern Division
Bay State Select 1 Adirondack Lynx 2
Central Delaware SA Future 2 TSC Maryland Pride 3

Pacific South Division
Claremont Stars 1 PSSCV Santa Clarita 0
SD United 2 Los Angeles Rampage 1
San Diego Sealions 3 West Coast 1
So Cal Rush 1 Ajax 3

Sunshine Division
Clearwater Galactics Amazons v Palm Beach United  (postponed)

Sunday 24th May

Sunshine Division
Clearwater Galactics Amazons v Miami Kickers  (postponed)
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: redrobin on May 27, 2009, 05:32:08 PM
Week 4

Wednesday 27th May

Eastern Division
Millburn Magic v New York Athletic

Friday 29th May

Big Sky North Division
Boise Blitz v Salt Lake City Sparta
Denver Diamonds v Utah Starzz

Eastern Division
Adirondack Lynx v Bay State Select


 
Title: WPSL EAST & BIG SKY PLAYOFF FORMAT SET
Post by: shlj on July 20, 2009, 12:44:53 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA (07/15/09) - All the eyes of the world of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) are beginning to turn towards the 2009 Final Four, being hosted by the Long Island Fury this August 1-2 at Adelphi University's Competition Field. The regular season has concluded in the East Conference, with Long Island and the Boston Aztecs ending up at the top with identical 9-0-1 records while in the Big Sky Conference, the South & North Division races have already been decided with Dallas Premier and the 2008 National Finalist Arizona Rush taking the division titles, respectively.

With two road games to play in the Big Sky-South this weekend versus the Oklahoma and Tulsa, Dallas will use these matches against two of the division's tougher teams to prepare them for their playoff game against Arizona. The match to see who will take the Big Sky Conference spot in the Final Four will take place Tues., July 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Murphey Field in Tucson, AZ.

"[Our team faces] an almost impossible string of games in a short amount of days, but I'm going to tell you something right now, almost everyone has told us there is no way we will pull this off," said Premier G.M. Paul Marshall. "With the teams we have to play and with the schedule we have to do it in, this is no ordinary task. But no one but Coach [Joe] Soliz and I know what absolutely extraordinary ladies we have put together on this team."

On top of that, Dallas has also qualified for the USASA U-23 National Championship being held this July 24-26 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, FL. Premier join the likes of 2008 National Champion Ajax America and former member team F.C. Indiana as WPSL teams looking to pull the domestic "double" - with the former just missing out on that feat last year while in 2005, FCI was able to accomplish that distinction after a scintillating National Final victory over Brandi Chastain and her California Storm side.

Marshall has been working furiously trying to arrange reservations and finances to make this all possible, and the team's travel budget for has been pushed to the max. For anyone interested in helping Dallas sponsor their playoff run, you can contact the team by email at dallaspsc@wpsl.info or by phone at (888) 673-7473. Yet, the organization will push through the adversity and have set their sights on the soccer summit.

"Just stop and think what these ladies are up against over the next two weeks," said Soliz. "We have to travel to Oklahoma to play two of our toughest conference rivals, then two days later we travel all the way out to Tucson to face the WPSL Championship Runner-Up's in 2008... then two days later, we travel to Florida to take on the No. 2 team in their age group in the country.

"These ladies have an opportunity to win two National Championships in less than two weeks... If they do this someone ought to make a movie out out of it. That way everyone would be able to see what true champions these ladies truly are. If one of the teams beats us, fine. For the girls sake, I just don't want to see them beat by the lack of opportunity."

While the Big Sky playoff format is straightforward, this season the East Conference has employed a weighted regular season schedule and in true NCAA Basketball Tournament-style, have re-seeded the eight teams who have qualified for post-season play: based on a variety of criteria (i.e. keeping team travel expenses down while not sacrificing quality of match-ups) but also giving credit to those teams who finished in the top four spots.

First round games will be played this Saturday and Sunday, while the highest remaining seeds will host the East Semifinals on Tues., July 21st and Final on Sat., July 25th. The first round playoff format goes as follows:

    > Sat., 7/18 @ 6:00 p.m: New England Mutiny @ Adirondack Lynx.
    > Sat., 7/18 @ 7:00 p.m: Lancaster Inferno @ Boston Aztecs.
    > Sun., 7/19 @ 5:00 p.m.: Philadelphia Liberty @ Long Island Fury.
    > Sun., 7/19 @ 7:15 p.m.: Bay State Select @ Millburn Magic.

Semifinal playoff (Tues., July 21st) scenarios:

    > If Boston wins, the Aztecs will host N.E./Adirondack winner.
    > If L.I. wins, the Fury will host B.S./Millburn winner.
    > If Lancaster & Millburn win, the Inferno will host the Magic and the Fury will host N.E./Adirondack winner.
    > If Philadelphia wins, the Liberty will play at the highest remaining seed.

About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL): The WPSL is a 50-plus team national women's soccer league with five conferences and is considered one of the top amateur women's soccer leagues in the world. You can now keep up with our league on our social networking sites on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com)!

The Long Island Fury have been selected to host the 2009 WPSL Final Four which will be held at Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) - alongside the Youth Premier Soccer League (YPSL) National Championship that same weekend. The tentative dates are scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, August 1-2 and check back to this website in the coming
days & weeks for further information!

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

Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: shlj on July 24, 2009, 11:46:34 AM
WPSL East quarter-final :

Bay State Select - Millburn Magic 0-2  :)
Philadelphia Liberty - Long Island Fury 0-4
Lancaster Inferno - Boston Aztecs 3-1
New England Mutiny - Adirondack Lynx 4-1

WPSL East semi-final

New England Mutiny - Long Island Fury 0-2
Millburn Magic - Lancaster Inferno 2-2 (5-4 on pen)  :)
I am well pleased for Carly and Kelly.

WPSL Big Sky final

Dallas Premier - Arizona Rush 3-2 OT 
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: shlj on July 24, 2009, 11:48:24 AM
SACRAMENTO, CA (07/23/09) - The first of the four berths into the 2009 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Championship has been taken, as Dallas Premier (10-0-1) won the Big Sky Conference Final in an exciting 3-2 overtime victory over the 2008 National Finalist Arizona Rush (10-3-0) in Tucson, AZ two days ago. The "Final Four" will be held August 1-2 at Adelphi University's Competition Field in Garden City, NY - the home pitch of the Long Island Fury, who are one step away themselves in securing the second berth awarded to the WPSL East champion.

This Sat., July 25th at 6:00 p.m., Long Island will host the 7-4-1 Millburn Magic in the conference final at Adelphi University. This comes after last night's 2-0 victory for the 11-0-1 Fury over the 2008 East champion New England Mutiny (5-7-0), and the Magic's thrilling 5-4 penalty kick (2-2 regulation) win over Lancaster this past Tuesday night. Farther down the East Coast, the 2009 Sunshine Conference champion Miami Kickers F.C. (7-1-2) will host the Midwest representative Ohio Premier Women's S.C. (8-0-0) at 7:00 p.m. at the American Heritage School.

Miami won the title after a last-second goal against second place Florida last weekend in a 2-1 win on the road, and have their sights set on a trip up north to Long Island. Yet, OPWSC is an undefeated side chocked full of Midwest collegiate & post-collegiate talent - most who have played together since the youth ranks at that prestigious club.

"I am extremely proud of the efforts that every player put in the team this [past] weekend," said Kickers Head Coach Marc Miceli. "I truly believe that we deserve to win the Sunshine Conference... I have great confidence in our team and know we will go on to play in New York on August 1 & 2 for the National Championship."

In the Pacific Conference, the California Storm will host the four-team playoff this July 25-26 at Natomas High School, site of last season's Final Four. The top two sides from each division will face off for the final berth into the 2009 Final Four.

South champion & 2008 National Champion Ajax America (12-1-1) will take on the 8-2-2 San Francisco Nighthawks (making their first-ever WPSL playoff appearance after a 2nd-place finish in the North) at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday while the 10-1-1 North champion Storm will take on South 2nd-place side SD United (11-1-2) at 8:00 p.m. The winners will go up against each other on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. for the last spot in the 2009 WPSL National Championship.

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Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Sylvain on June 05, 2010, 08:32:21 AM
Loads of English girls in the WPSL

Sheuneen Ta - Ajax America women
Kelly Lawrence - Boston Aztecs
Kayleigh Hines, Sahara Osborne-Rickettes and Katie Stanley - Millburn Magics
Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Aphrodites Child on June 10, 2010, 02:18:54 PM
Loads of English girls in the WPSL

Sheuneen Ta - Ajax America women
Kelly Lawrence - Boston Aztecs
Kayleigh Hines, Sahara Osborne-Rickettes and Katie Stanley - Millburn Magics

Sheueen - ex-Arsenal circa 1999-2001
Kelly - probably ex-Arsenal

what about the others
Title: 2010 WPSL FINAL FOUR UPDATE
Post by: Sylvain on July 28, 2010, 12:10:06 PM
EAST CONFERENCE FINAL
BYFIELD, MA (07/24/10) - The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) East Final was another nail-biter for the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves, as they took on 2010 WPSL National Champion Long Island Fury at Governor's Academy for a berth in the 2010 Final Four. After defeating Aztec U-23 with a goal in the 119th minute in the East Semifinals, the Breaker Reserves scored another game-winning goal in the 119th minute from WPS Boston Breaker Chioma Igwe to defeat the Fury by a 2-1 score.

"I really cannot say enough about this teams' resolve," said Boston Head Coach Mike Kersker. "We have been pushed to new levels by what we've overcome."

In the 25th minute, the Aztecs got on the board first when Australian international Leah Blayney took a shot from 25 yards out, hitting the cross bar. The rebound caromed out to former St. Louis Athletica player Niki Cross, who settled the ball and finished past Fury goalkeeper Brittany Anghel (11 saves).

In the 70th minute, the Fury would tie the match when Charlotte Miller sent in a cross from the touch-line out that fooled Aztec keeper Rebecca Ritchie (5 saves). The ball went in just under the cross bar for the tying goal and the match would eventually go on to two 15-minute extra-time periods.

In the 119th minute, Japanese international Yuka Miyazaki served a ball from midfield towards Rebecca Mays, who headed the ball on to on-rushing Igwe. The former SoccerPlus CT star split the Fury defense and beat Anghel with a low shot inside the far post.

MIDWEST/SUNSHINE CONFERENCE PLAYOFF
GERMANTOWN, WI (07/24/10) - Midwest Champion F.C. Milwaukee earned a spot in the 2010 WPSL Final Four with a 3-1 victory over Sunshine Conference winners FSA Freedom, continuing an impressive string of nine consecutive victories for the first-year WPSL side that includes three playoff wins. In the 55th minute, reigning WPSL Co-Player Of The Week Sarah Hagen notched the game-winner from two yards out, after some nice combination play between Kate Riegle and Team captain Laurie Nosbusch.

Nosbusch had already opened the scoring for the National in the 15th minute on a perfect chip of the FSA goalkeeper, after her breakaway shot was initially saved. After the goal, FSA began to assert themselves and pulled even in the 30th minute with a great finish on a volley from the corner of the penalty box.

F.C. Milwaukee began the second half in impressive form, and Hagen would net goals in the 55th & 70th minutes, the final tally off a curling cross from Lindsey Johnson. The Nationals continued to go on the attack for the remainder of the match, but stellar FSA  goalkeeping kept the score-line unchanged at 3-1.

"Once again, it has to be said that this was a total team effort," said F.C. Milwaukee Head Coach Christian Lavers. "Several players improved their play and urgency in the second half... This team has shown great mental awareness & competitive spirit all season and tonight was another reflection of that."

PACIFIC CONFERENCE FINAL
PASADENA, CA (07/25/10) - 2008 Pacific Conference MVP Shannon Cross (goal, two assist) exhibited that form again for South Division champion Ajax America in the Pacific Final against perennial rival California at Muir High School. The former USC star had a hand in all three goals in the shutout victory over the North Division champions, giving Ajax their WPSL record-setting fifth straight Final Four appearance.

Ajax started out fast & furious, scoring in the 11th minute when Cross fired a cross to Liz Zadro for the 1-0 lead. Cross would go on to head in the second goal in the 54th minute, and in the 82nd minute, she assisted on the final goal, sending Leah Gallegos behind the Storm defense for the final goal.

On Saturday, the 2009 WPSL National Finalists beat North Bay F.C. in the Pacific Semifinal on second half goals from Carmen Bognanno and Chloe Byrne. Ajax appears to be peaking at the right time, as they out-scored their opponents by a 5-0 margin on the weekend.

These three teams now qualify for the 2010 WPSL Final Four (July 31-August 1), hosted by Dallas Premier Women's S.C. at the University of Texas-Dallas Soccer Stadium in Richardson, TX. Boston & F.C. Milwaukee will play in the first National Semifinal, while Ajax America awaits the winner of the Big Sky Conference Final between Oklahoma & Phoenix, being played this Thursday, July 27th in Edmond, OK.

All tickets for the 2010 WPSL Final Four can be purchased at the gate and pricing packages include: $10 for any single game; $15 One-Day Pass (for either the Semifinals OR National Consolation/Final); $25 Event Pass (all four games). In case of inclement weather, the alternate venue for the WPSL National Championship Tournament will be John Paul II High School. Full WPSL Playoff & Final Four information is provided below:

BIG SKY CONFERENCE FINAL
Phoenix Del Sol (5-1-2, North Champion) @ Oklahoma Alliance F.C. (7-1-0, South Champion)
Date/Time: Thursday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM (CST)
Venue: Edmond Soccer Club (Field #4)
Address: 1502 W. Danforth Road, Edmond, OK 73003

WPSL NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (10-1-1, East Champion) vs. F.C. Milwaukee Nationals (10-1-0, Midwest Champion)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31 @ 5:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas
Address: 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Ajax America (8-3-1, Pacific Champion) vs. Big Sky Champion
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas

WPSL NATIONAL CONSOLATION
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1 @ 10:30 AM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas
Address: 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080

WPSL NATIONAL FINAL
Semifinal #1 WINNER vs. Semifinal #2 WINNER
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1 @ 1:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas

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Title: Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
Post by: Sylvain on August 04, 2010, 04:07:11 PM
2 English girls nominated in the All east WPSL first team

ALL-EAST FIRST TEAM
F Leah Blayney (BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES)
F Erin Hench (LANCASTER INFERNO)
MF/F Teresa Rynier (LANCASTER INFERNO)
MF Jess Luscinski (AZTEC U-23)
MF Kayleigh Hines (MILLBURN MAGIC)
MF Lorraine Quinn (LONG ISLAND FURY)
D Anna Caniglia (BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES)
D Katherine Donnelly (AZTEC U-23)
D Alyssa Pember (LONG ISLAND FURY)
D Kelly Lawrence (BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES)
GK Brittany Anghel (LONG ISLAND FURY)

http://www.wpsl.info/news/indexa.php?cat=1&id=1142&year=2010

Boston Aztecs win the WPSL Championship

RICHARDSON, TX (08/01/10) - The 2010 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Final would pit two of the more experienced sides against one another - Pacific Conference champion Ajax America (9-4-1) & East Conference champion Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (12-1-1). Both survived scares from two young & dynamic sides in the Semifinals, and once again on this day, had to also brave the unrelenting Texas heat.

The Breakers Reserves put the heat on Ajax in the first half and the teams switched roles in the second, but in the 83rd minute, it only took one bounce of the ball to decide the 2010 WPSL National Champion. Boston's Mandi Back put a shot on goal that Ajax goalkeeper Anna Picarelli touched to the crossbar and would caroom right to Becca Mays, who cooly finished to cement the 2-1 victory for the Breakers Reserves.

For the weekend, there was a full share of dynamic soccer on display despite the sun & heat but in the end, Boston were the most consistent out of the four teams. Speaking of consistency, such was the play of 2010 East Player Of The Year Leah Blayney over the two matches and for her efforts, she was named the 2010 WPSL Final Four MVP.

But even more than the play of their star midfielder, it was a true team effort from all involved with the Aztec team as they weathered storms from their opponents, made adjustments and found a way to persevere. Head Coach Mike Kersker and his staff had done their homework on & off the field.

"I think it was good for us to see Ajax play yesterday [in their Semifinal vs. Oklahoma]," said Kersker. "It gave us an opportunity to make a couple tactical adjustments. We did that and it really made a big difference for us. Again, its the resiliency of this team. We went up early, [Ajax] came back to score in the beginning of the second half and we said to ourselves, 'we gave them a goal' and now let's get one more and that's it. Every player on the field was phenomenal."

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