WPS April 4th, 5th Matches

4 04 2009
Lindsey Tarpley, Chicago Red Stars

Lindsey Tarpley, Chicago Red Stars

Saturday, April 4th
Chicago Red Stars @ Saint Louis Athletica 8pm ET
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Sunday, April 5th
Los Angeles Sol @ Sky Blue FC 4pm ET
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Boston Breakers @ FC Gold Pride 6pm ET
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Televised on Fox Soccer Channel
-We will hopefully post a link to watch it online


LA Sol v Washington Freedom Post Game Thoughts

31 03 2009

In a great unfortunate accident, I fell asleep halfway through the LA Sol versus Washington Freedom match up. If there is one thing I am willing to bet money on though, don’t let this match be the standard for future matches. In both a good way and a bad way.

First, the good way. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy shiTwitter.

21 03 2009

I love the use of technology. When it comes to soccer in the United States, a large part of it has lived on the internet. The rise of the US Womens and Mens National teams along with professional leagues since the early 90s has parralleled this amazingly powerful and cheap way for soccer coverage and discussion to live and grow. BigSoccer, Facebook, Youtube, blogs, streaming matches, I used them or still do use them quite frequently to follow soccer both home and abroad. I was extremely excited to hear that MLS would be doubling the quality of their online streamings of games. But when I heard that the WPS was going to have in-game tweets from players, I felt uneasy. I knew the first place I had to go is Amanda Vandervort’s blog, where of course the top post was a collection of all the people and players that could be followed on Twitter.
Amanda is a no doubt a up to speed tech guru, and I see the sense in having certain people of WPS having blogs and twittering, but I do not like top executives, coaches twittering, nor do I like the idea of players twittering during games.
First, Twitter is for a small quick snippet on the go. For me, if an executive or coach has something to say it should be thought out and have a certain amount of depth to it. Not a 140 byte length snippet. In my opinion, those people should use blogs.
Players could and should use it. I can see it being a useful thing to have players post tweets throughout the week like “ankle is still sore, saturday is still a maybe” or “very positive in training to day, ready for Sunday”. It could even be a personal message like “tonight is a pasta night”. I am totally against (until proven wrong I guess) the idea of players tweeting for the sidelines of a match. I think is not where the focus of the players should be, and it opens up a whole can of worms for what they could say, how it would be interpreted, what kind of statements would you get from bench players, and why would you follow thoughts of a bench player when the game is going on.
I enjoy twitter, and have signed up to the WPS feed, and probably to others, but not all of them. What do you think?

Sinclair hopeful for now and later, Canada and FC Gold Pride.

21 03 2009

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair has interconnected hopes for soccer in North America. The most imminent would be her WPS opener with her team FC Gold Pride taking on Boston Breakers on April 5th. Perhaps the most personal would be her chance to score her 100th goal in Canada’s friendly against Japan come May 25th. Sinclair holds hopes for the distant future in what Women’s Pro Soccer can do for aspiring players and the Canadian soccer. “I think this league needs to survive just so young players out there in college, and younger than that, know that there’s somewhere to play if you don’t happen to make a national team,” she said Friday during a conference call. “For some people it’s hard to move overseas to continue your soccer career. So to have a league here in the U.S. – and hopefully it can branch out to Canada soon – it’s hugely important.” Read more from The Canadian Press

*If you are interested in the Canada v. Japan match up at BMO Field, tickets have gone on sale.

WPS in the Press

6 03 2009

NBA Kobe Bryant stopped by the Home Depot Center to welcome Marta and the LA Sol to the Los Angeles sports scene. Braynt picked up calcio (soccer in italian) while living in Italy as his father played basketball in the italian league. He is among several NBA players who enjoy the game, including Steve Nash who is an investor in the new WPS league and also a part of the MLS to Vancouver expansion bid.

The Los Angeles Sol also got a sponsorship in Amway, who will have their nam attached to a number of different things including a shirt sponsorship. This is the second American pro team Amway has getten involved with after signing a shirt deal with San Jose Earthquakes a two months ago.

Steve Goff of 2007 US Soccer blog of the year Soccer Insider writes about the start up of the Women’s Pro Soccer league.

Survival depends on decisions on and off the field.

3 03 2009
St. Louis Athletica investor Jeff Cooper, and the clubs GK Hope Solo

St. Louis Athletica investor Jeff Cooper, and the club's GK Hope Solo

When I have approached the concept of making Women’s Pro Soccer a more financially viable league, I always thought of the salary cap first. I did not realize that the current WPS salary cap ($565,000) is only slightly less than the 2002 WUSA salary cap ($595,750).

This morning I found this good read in the SportsBusiness Journal on the new league, its’ financial model, and the good, bad, and ugly of the environment in which they are about to launch.

Kelly Smith adds to WPS credability

9 02 2009
Englands Striker Kelly Smith

England's Striker Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is set to join the Boston Breakers after saying so long to the Arsenal Ladies. The BBC article covers what you want to know, but I wanted to post an interesting part of the article which talks about a clause put in the contract so to be able to play for England:

Scott, like Smith, is to join Boston while Carney has signed for Chicago Red Stars, Aluko for St Louis Athletica and Asante for the New York and New Jersey team Sky Blue.

All five players are key members of the England squad and with the European Championship finals set for August, their loss is likely to hamper the team’s preparations.

The blow has been softened, however, by clauses in the players’ contracts that will see them released for Euro 2009 build-up matches as well as the tournament itself.

Smith said: “I love playing for England and if that clause had not been in my contract I wouldn’t have signed it.