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





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?





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.





Colorado could get expansion franchise.

23 02 2009
WPS Franchise Map

WPS Franchise Map

In some of the bigger news to come out recently, it appears my homie Dr. Contiguglia is working to bring a WPS franchise to Colorado. This comes together with the news that the NJ Sky Blue FC may travel to play the W-League Colorado Force sometime in June. Sounds like a way to test the waters for Women’s Pro Soccer and allow Contiguglia a chance to gain some support for his case if all goes well.





Salary Cap and WPS Finances

18 02 2009

The Bizjournal is reporting several key bits of information on the financial strategy of the new Women’s Pro Soccer league. The most glaring peice of info is that the salary cap is set at $565,000. I guess in this economy they should just be happy they have a job right? In all seriousness, it provokes two feelings in me. First, it is comforting in the sense that I highly doubt with a team’s salary so low that this league will falter financially. Second, it saddens me to see that these are players who have worked very hard throughout their life at the game, are very talented, and are combined going to make less than Juan Pablo Angel of NY Red Bull makes in six months. We can hope that these sacrifices by the players now will help plant roots for the league that will later on be able to pay better salaries.
Other notes are that US National Team players have a garunteed minimum of $40,000. The WPS is still looking for two more sponsors to go along with the Puma deal.





WPS Full Schedule Released

6 02 2009

Women’s Professional Soccer is set for it’s first season, a 20 game long race. The format is simple: each team will play eachother three times, and it’s two regional rivals a fourth time. WPS is also set to broadcast some of its games every Sunday on Fox Soccer Channel. Get all the details here, and check out the full schedule here.