Hall of Fame, Playoff Format, Draft Trade, and Off-Season Loans

16 01 2009
Defender Joy Fawcett

Defender Joy Fawcett

Joy Fawcett has been voted in to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The defender was apart of both World Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1999, as well as member of the 1996 and 2004 Olympic gold medal teams. She also was a part of the the third place World Cup teams in 1995 and 2003, and a silver medal finish in the Olympics in 2000. She just made the voting, getting 66.7% of the votes. I say a deserving pick though.

Word has come out on the season and playoff format for the Women’s Pro Soccer innagural season. The first place team at the end of the 20 game season goes directly to the championship game as host. The fourth and third place teams will play each other, and the winner then plays the 2nd place finisher for a spot in championship game.

A pre-draft trade saw Chicago trade it’s international rights to England’s Alex Scott over to the Boston Breakers, along with 41st and 69th pick in the WPS Draft, in exchange for the 14th and 28th pick in the WPS draft. I wonder if Alex Scott or the Boston Breakers initiated this move. Boston relinquished its rights to Brazilian Maycon in order to comply with WPS rules.

On Fox Soccer Channel, WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci commented on the relationship the new league has with competing leagues around the world. Interestingly she stated that, “Some of these leagues are complimentary in season, and so some of these players can continue to develop and play and stay fit; some players may go on loan.”

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