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, Marta de Vieira, Stephanie Cox

23 03 2009

Check out this coverage of the Los Angeles Sol, with comments from Stephanie Cox, Marta de Vieira and coach Abner Rogers. Unfortunately the english translation of Marta actually sounds quieter than Marta herself, so it’s a struggle for us english speakers.

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.

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.

Eriko Arakawa to FC Gold Pride

15 02 2009

Japanese Striker Eriko Arakawa is set to join Bay Area team FC Gold Pride. She will join the WPS along with fellow national team members Aya Miyama (Los Angeles Sol), and Homare Sawa (Washington Freedom).

Happy to see Arakawa’s talent in the WPS? Happy to see her afro and bubbly personality? Think the addition of these top Japanese players will bring more of a global appeal to the league, and/or aspiring young Japanese players?

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.

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.