Sol v Freedom Highlights, Coverage, Video

30 03 2009
14,832 filed in for the inagural WPS match.

14,832 filed in for the inagural WPS match.

For official highlights from click here.

Article from summarizing the match.
Article from the NY Times summarizing the match.
Article from USA Today on match with player and coach quotes.

The Los Angeles Sol defeated the Washington Freedom in front of 14,832 fans. It was a good day for the WPS, but we don’t want to build it up too much. I’ll add my thoughts later if I get a chance.


Los Angeles Sol v Washington Freedom – Watch Live Online

29 03 2009


You can check out the innagural WPS match with Wambach and Marta over at JustinTV.

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?

Fan Drama for Lisa De Vanna

9 03 2009

So I have heard from several corners that if I (although I assume they must mean the Washington Freedom coach Jim Gabara) use Lisa from the bench, I (or Gabara) will be sorry. First, although I heard De Vanna will be join the Washington Freedom I have yet to see her name pop up in the preseason camp roster.

Now, a message to those giving me the negative messages on De Vanna. 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.

Free at last! DeVanna to Freedom all but official.

1 03 2009
The Australian scoring threat arrives on the east coast.

The Australian scoring threat arrives on the east coast.

Wow, I haven’t checked my e-mail in awhile, but I found a nice one in their saying DeVanna had agreed to terms with the Washington Freedom. We know she was coming to training camp despite officially signing, but the good word is that she’s already well on her way to suiting up for the club in USA’s national capital.