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Gold Pride get Marta, Boxx to Saint Louis

Posted on 04 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Marta upends Carli Lloyd in a match last season

Women’s Professional Soccer held its dispersal draft Feb. 4 for players’ rights previously held by the Los Angeles Sol, whose operations were discontinued Jan. 28.

Saint Louis Athletica, which traded several players to the Atlanta Beat to gain the first pick in the dispersal draft used its selection to draft WPS All-Star Shannon Boxx, the Sol’s captain and one of the world’s best holding midfielders. With the second selection, the Philadelphia Independence then selected goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who led the league in shutouts in 2009 with 12 clean sheets.

The San Francisco Bay Area team, FC Gold Pride, then selected Marta, WPS’s Michelle Akers Player of the Year last year, with the third pick. Marta was a 2009 WPS All-Star, led the league with 10 goals and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in December for a record fourth time.

Other first round selections in the dispersal draft included two first round selections from the 2010 WPS Draft (college draft) with North Carolina’s Casey Nogueira and Nikki Washington going to the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC, respectively. The Boston Breakers picked up veteran defender Stephanie Cox with the fifth pick, while the Washington Freedom grabbed one of last year’s top rookies, Brittany Bock with the seventh selection. Closing out the first round, Saint Louis Athletica picked up another WPS All-Star and midfielder Aya Miyama.

Several trades took place in the second round with the Bay Area’s FC Gold Pride trading up to the 13th slot to select forward Kiki Bosio, giving Chicago Red Stars their 14th selection in the dispersal draft and the FC Gold Pride’s 2nd round selection in the 2011 WPS Draft. The Red Stars then traded away that 14th selection to Saint Louis for the Athletica’s 2nd round selection in the 2011 WPS Draft. The Athletica used the 14th selection to pick up midfielder Tina DiMartino. Several teams passed on their selections in the third round.

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WPS Dispersal Draft (player rights held by the Los Angeles Sol)

Round 1
1. Shannon Boxx, M – Saint Louis Athletica *
2. Karina LeBlanc, GK – Philadelphia Independence
3. Marta, F – FC Gold Pride (Bay Area)
4. Casey Nogueira, F – Chicago Red Stars
5. Stephanie Cox, D – Boston Breakers
6. Nikki Washington, M – Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
7. Brittany Bock, D – Washington Freedom
8. Aya Miyama, M – Saint Louis Athletica

Round 2

9. Manya Makoski, M – Atlanta Beat
10. Faith Ikidi, D/F – Washington Freedom
11. Kiersten Dallstream, F – Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
12. Michelle Enyeart, F – Boston Breakers
13. Kiki Bosio, F – FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) ^
14. Tina DiMartino, M – Saint Louis Athletica #
15. Estelle Johnson, D – Philadelphia Independence
16. Pavlina Scasna, F – Atlanta Beat

Round 3
17. Pass – Atlanta Beat
18. Pass – Philadelphia Independence
19. Lindsay Browne, F – FC Gold Pride (Bay Area)
20. Pass – Chicago Red Stars
21. Pass – Boston Breakers
22. Pass – Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
23. Pass – Washington Freedom
24. Catherine Sorenson, M – Saint Louis Athletica

* via trade with Atlanta Beat (trade prior to draft)
^ via trade with Chicago Red Stars (Chicago receives FC Gold Pride’s 2nd Round pick in 2011 WPS Draft)
# via trade with Chicago Red Stars (Chicago receives Saint Louis Athletica’s 2nd Round pick in 2011 WPS Draft)

NOTE: Mary Casey, GK, is now a free agent; Midfielder Julie Rydahl Bukh’s WPS rights have been released.

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WPS announces 2010 schedule dates

Posted on 02 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Women’s Professional Soccer has finalized the dates of its 2010 WPS Season schedule. This year, the league will expand from a 20-game regular season schedule played in 2009 to a 24-game schedule in which each of the eight WPS teams will feature 12 home games and play the other seven teams in the league three or four times each. Opening weekend will include a full slate of four games on April 10-11 – the first time four WPS games will be played on one weekend – with the regular season running through Sunday, Sept. 12. Games will be played mostly on Saturday evenings and Sundays with a limited schedule of midweek games to be played during the summer months which are expected to start in mid-June. WPS will take a break on the weekend of May 22 for national team commitments and 2011 Women’s World Cup qualifying games.

The WPS Playoffs will follow the same format used during the WPS Inaugural Season with the No. 3 seed hosting the No. 4 on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2pm ET/11am PT in the WPS First Round. The No. 2 seed will host the winner of the WPS First Round on Sept. 22/23 in the WPS Super Semifinal. The winner of the regular season will play host to the winner of the Super Semifinal as the No. 1 seed in the 2010 WPS Championship on September 26 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Seedings will be based on the final 2010 WPS Regular Season standings in a single, eight-team table.

The 2010 WPS All-Star Game presented by the U.S. Coast Guard has been moved to mid-season to fall in line with other professional leagues and is scheduled for June 30. The location and format will be announced at a later date.

The full 2010 WPS Season Schedule and Fox Soccer Channel’s WPS Sunday on FSC national broadcast schedule will be released in mid-February.

2010 WPS Regular Season – Key Dates

Try-outs Begin: March 1
Preseason Camp Officially Opens (Preseason Rosters/Schedule Announced): March 7
Roster Cut-Down Date (rosters reduced from 28 to 24 players): March 15
Opening Roster Due Date (18 roster + 4 optional development players): March 31
Regular Season Begins: April 10/11
Bye Weekend (no WPS games): May 22
2010 WPS All-Star Game presented by U.S. Coast Guard: June 30
Regular Season Ends: September 12

WPS Playoffs

WPS First Round: Sunday, September 19 (2pm ET/11am PT)
WPS Super Semifinal: Wed/Thu, September 22/23
2010 WPS Championship:
Sunday, September 26 (2pm ET/11am PT)

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2010 WPS kits unveiled (updated with video and photo gallery)

Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Friday night in Philadelphia, PUMA and Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled the new 2010 WPS Home and Away Uniforms, including the official kit debut of the newest franchises, the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. The launch event, which took place hours after the 2010 WPS Draft, highlighted veteran players from the league’s nine teams as well as newly drafted professional players who proudly wore their team colors for the first time.

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2010 WPS kits unveiled at post draft event (updated with video and photo gallery)

Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Friday night in Philadelphia, PUMA and Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled the new 2010 WPS Home and Away Uniforms, including the official kit debut of the newest franchises, the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. The launch event, which took place hours after the 2010 WPS Draft, highlighted veteran players from the league’s nine teams as well as newly drafted professional players who proudly wore their team colors for the first time.

Created as the ultimate PUMA & WPS Fan experience, hundreds of soccer fans joined the sportlifestyle brand to kick off the second WPS season – preseason pep rally style. Hosted by Los Angeles Sol goalkeeper and PUMA Athlete Karina Le Blanc, the evening’s festivities reinforced the brand’s commitment to women, the sport of soccer and the fans who love the players and the game.

Women representing the teams included:

· Atlanta Beat: Leigh Ann Robinson, Defender and Tobin Heath, #1 draft pick for WPS 2010
· Boston Breakers: Leslie Osborne, Midfielder & PUMA Athlete and Lauren Cheney
· Chicago Red Stars: Ella Masar, Forward and Whitney Engen
· FC Gold Pride: Tiffeny Milbrett, Forward and Kelley O’Hara
· Los Angeles Sol: Manya Makoski, Defender and Casey Nogueira
· Philadelphia Independence: Amy Rodriguez, Forward & PUMA Athlete and Caroline Seger
· Sky Blue FC: Yael Averbuch, Midfielder and Brittany Taylor
· St Louis Athletica: Kendall Fletcher, Defender and Angie Kerr, Midfielder
· Washington Freedom: Cat Whitehill, Defender and Nikki Marshall

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Pair of Red Stars get their Independence in WPS draft

Posted on 16 September 2009 by mwkajdas

Red Stars forward Danesha Adams and defender Nikki Krzysik were both selected by the Philadelphia Independence in yesterday’s WPS Expansion Draft. Krzysik was selected as the 5th overall pick and Adams the 11th out of the 13 players chosen.

Adams was drafted by the Red Stars in the first round of the inaugural WPS General Draft with the 6th overall pick and Krzysik came on board in the second round with the 13th overall pick. But neither player was given the amount of playing time during this past season that would be commensurate with such high draft picks. Hopefully, in Philadelphia, that situation will improve for them both.

Considering that the seven charter WPS teams were each required to leave at least six of their players unprotected in this draft, there were surprisingly few players taken by the two expansion teams. The Philadelphia Independence snatched up seven players and the Atlanta Beat only burgled six before both teams turned up their noses at the remaining offerings, effectively ending the draft early. For a league purporting to showcase the finest female soccer talent in the world, this was not a sterling endorsement from its newest members.

But it’s hard to judge their behavior without being privy to the list of unprotected players, which the league has chosen to keep shrouded in secrecy. Maybe there were only slim pickings on the list or perhaps both teams are waiting until September 30th, when WPS players who were only given one-year contracts last season will become free agents.

For Red Stars fans who were relieved to lose only two of their beloved players, that’s when the real damage may still be coming.

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Red Stars submit 14-strong list of WPS expansion draft exemptions

Posted on 14 September 2009 by mwkajdas

Fourteen players from the Chicago Red Stars will be able to sit back and relax as representatives from the newly minted Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence franchises each siphon off up to nine players from their collective rivals.

In preparation for Tuesday’s WPS expansion draft, the Chicago Red Stars have protected the maximum allotment of 10 players from among its 22-woman roster of active and developmental players and its two discovery players, Lotta Schelin of Sweden and England’s Stacey Tullock.

In addition, ASN has learned that four Red Stars players are currently signed to one-year contracts and will become free agents on September 30th, rendering them ineligible for selection in the expansion draft. However, since WPS maintains a Masonic veil of secrecy over all things related to this draft, the identity of those four players remains a mystery—at least for another fortnight—a move possibly designed to protect the sensitivity of its players as well as hide any bone-headed decisions made by its general managers.

But that won’t prevent us from applying a few simple rules of deductive reasoning to venture an educated guess as to who those four players are.
We already can assume who they are not: the three national team allocations—Lindsay Tarpley, Carli Lloyd and Kate Markgraf—and any players selected in the first four rounds of the WPS draft.

Among the latter are Megan Rapinoe and Danesha Adams in the first round, Ella Masar, Nikki Krzysik and Brittany Klein in the second, Natalie Spilger and Marian Dalmy in the third, and Ifeoma Dieke and Chioma Igwe in the fourth.

So then, what kinds of players are typically offered one-year deals? Generally, it’s players at the end of their careers, players with unproven records and those of questionable fitness.

The obvious focus for the untrained eye would be toward the four developmental players. But these players aren’t compensated nearly as well as the active roster and it would make no sense to develop a player just to watch her become a free agent a year later.

Frida Östberg and Caroline Jönsson are two of the oldest players on this year’s roster and rumors have been floating about that Östberg is ready to retire and that her countrywoman could also follow her back to Sweden. They both fit the profile of players at the ends of their careers, although Jönsson, a goalkeeper who turns 32 in November, still has a few good years between the posts left in her.

Jill Oakes was released by FC Gold Pride, a team not known for its excessive depth of talent, and picked up by the Red Stars after the start of the season. Under those circumstances, would they offer her a multi-year contract? I wouldn’t think so.

Heather Garriock already had a history of injuries as a player Down Under but was supposed to be fully recuperated when she was selected in the second round (12th overall) of the WPS International Draft. But her curse of injuries continued stateside and she missed most of this season with quad and ankle injuries. Did the Red Stars cover their bet with a one-year deal? Talk to Marcia McDermott’s hand.

In a best-case scenario, Atlanta and Philly will first choose to plunder Stacey Tullock, who never bothered to show up at camp last spring.

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