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 »





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.





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.





WPS In The Press

25 01 2009

Here is an article out of the Boston Globe, interviewing Boston Breakers coach Tony DiCicco. He talks about the new league and the differences between coaching women and men.

Andrea Canales interviews Hope Solo, and gets some insight on things with the women’s national team, the new WPS league, St. Louis Athletica, and being a goalkeeper.

Montclair Times covers the return home story of Yael Averbuch