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Sky Blue FC deal Asante, Washington to Athletica for India Trotter

Posted on 04 May 2010 by lbarker

Sky Blue FC and Saint Louis Athletica announced today the completion of a trade that is the first of the 2010 WPS season.

Sky Blue FC acquired forward/midfielder India Trotter and St. Louis’ first round pick in the 2011 WPS Draft in exchange for defender Anita Asante, the rights to Nikki Washington and Sky Blue’s second round pick in the 2011 WPS draft. “Various versions of this trade have been in the works since January,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone stated in a press release from the team. “The final pieces of the puzzle came together at 10 p.m. last night, as [Saint Louis Athletica Chairman] Jeff Cooper was boarding a plane. Any trade is a give and take – both sides need to feel like they’ve won. We both feel this way. However, as Anita was part of our Sky Blue FC family, we still feel the personal loss.” St. Louis GM Tim Owens, via the Athletica website, had this to say “This is a move we feel clearly makes our team better by addressing a need. We have acquired one of the world’s elite defenders, which was a priority for us. Plus, we were able to bring in a young, dynamic, and very versatile player that is one of the young, upcoming stars in U.S. Soccer ”

Anita Asante was part of the core of Sky Blue’s defense for much of 2009, anchoring the back line next to Christie Rampone. Asante, who has more than 40 caps for the English National Team, missed the 2009 WPS playoffs due to the European Championships. The 25 year old has also missed the beginning of Sky Blue’s 2010 campaign as she continues to recover from off season ACL surgery. She had resumed training with Sky Blue and was set to return to the lineup within a few weeks. By dealing away Asante, Sky Blue alleviates some of the congestion in back. With Rampone set to return soon after giving birth to her second daughter in March, keeping Asante would have likely meant that two of Sky Blue’s current starting defenders would have been relegated to the bench. With Asante out of the picture, Pauliina Miettinen’s decision about who gets the starting nod is perhaps made a bit easier. For St. Louis, the 5’5″ Asante can help shore up a defense that’s currently tied for fourth in the league in goals against, despite having the woman many consider to be the world’s best keeper, Hope Solo, in net.

Asante’s arrival in Saint Louis also means that the Athletica were forced to release an international player, and they went with Daniela. A Brazilian International, Daniela appeared in just three matches for St. Louis before an Abby Wambach tackle in May of 2009 left her with a broken tibia and several torn ligaments in her knee. She’s been on the injured list ever since. Daniela did make a contribution to Athletica during her time there, netting two goals, including the first in franchise history.

The departure of Nikki Washington is one with much less of an immediate impact on the Sky Blue. Washington was selected out of UNC (where else?) by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2010 WPS draft, then picked up by Sky Blue in the Dispersal Draft. Like Asante, Washington was recovering from a knee injury. Unlike Anita Asante however, Nikki Washington wasn’t officially on Sky Blue’s roster, the team only held her rights. Which means that St. Louis will still have to try and sign her if Athletica fans ever hope to see her in the green and white.

India Trotter comes to Sky Blue after appearing as a second half sub in three matches for St. Louis. Trotter was originally drafted by St. Louis in the 2009 WPS General Draft, but did not play for the team that year. She spent a short time in 2008 with the W-League side Pali Blues before heading to FFC Frankfurt, of the women’s Bundesliga. After starting ten games with Frankfurt, Trotter announced she was retiring from pro soccer. The 25 year old also has one appearance for the US National Team, coming in 2006. She was named as alternate for the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Olympics. The trade reunites Trotter with Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen, who she played for while at Florida State University. Miettinen was than an assistant with the Seminoles. While at Florida State Trotter tallied 24 goals and 18 assists. “I’ve known India for a long time,” said Miettinen. “She has a great attitude and willingness to work.” The addition of Trotter could add to a Sky Blue attack that has been depleted by injuries and underperformed thus far, scoring just three goals in four matches. “With Christie (Rampone) returning soon, we have an overabundance of players in the same position. We need someone like India, who is versatile and able to play in the back as well as up front as an attacker” said Miettinen of her former and now current player.

Miettinen also left Sky Blue fans with something to ponder. “The trade of Anita frees up an international spot, so we are looking at some top overseas options as well,” the coach said. [Feel free to do your pondering over at the new ASN WPS Forum].

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The WPS.ASN forum: For you, by you

Posted on 02 May 2010 by ASN Staff

For some time we have been looking for a way to implement forum functionality into this site. It appears we finally have a winner. The brand new WPS.ASN forum does not require separate registration. If you have a Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or Yahoo! username (and seriously who doesn’t nowadays) you are IN and can start posting! This doesn’t mean the forum isn’t moderated however (spammers beware). Obviously hate speech and threats of violence or other intimidation are not tolerated either.

The forum does not integrate comments posted to the site. Those remain a separate entity. Which is fine because it creates a church/state separation between the site’s proprietary content (and responses thereto) and topics that readers and fans are interested in discussing among themselves.

So go ahead and check it out!

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Notes from WPS Commisioner Antonucci’s Kick-Off Week Conference Call

Posted on 09 April 2010 by lbarker

WPS held its “State of the League” conference call Wednesday as part of WPS Kick-Off Week.  Commissioner Tonya Antonucci spoke to members of the media about where the league stands as it heads into year two.  Antonucci emphasized that the league is working tirelessly to make WPS long-lasting and sustainable.  “Through all the hard work, the off-season adjustments and the last minute preparations, we head into this upcoming weekend and the entire 2010 WPS Season with a sense of optimism, a sense of purpose and a sense that we laid a solid foundation in 2009 upon which we can grow” Commissioner Antonucci said.  She pointed to the two new expansion teams in Philadelphia and Atlanta, the new stadium in Atlanta, FC Gold Pride’s relocation to the East Bay, changes to the schedule including the move of the All-Star Game to mid-season and the longer season, and an increase in the number of countries represented through international players as reasons for said optimism.

Antonucci was equally optimistic about the business side of things, pointing to a 20% increase in season ticket sales, an 150% increase in local sponsorships, the addition of Citi as a founding partner and back-of-jersey sponsor league-wide, and the fact that four of the eight teams have jersey-front sponsors – an increase from just two teams with jersey-front sponsorships in ’09.

Some other points from the call:

  • 2009 saw an average attendance of 4,600 – hopes are for a 5-10% increase.
  • WPS is debuting “Defend Your Turf,” an interactive marketing campaign – in NJ, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
  • The league is looking to add as many as two new teams for 2011, on track with the goal of 12 by ’12.  The focus is the Rockies and west, including bringing a team back to Los Angeles – Antonucci stated that they have at least two interested potential ownership groups for LA 2011 (The Northwest, Dallas, San Diego and Denver were also named as possibilities for expansion).
  • The feeling is that there is a deep enough player pool to support expansion and expansion announcements could be made some time between July and September.
  • Although it varies slightly by franchise, on average the hope is for teams to break even around year five.
  • FSC ‘WPS Sunday’ games will be streamed on WPS website; in addition teams will stream a minimum of two home games online.
  • WPS is working with FSC to increase their international broadcast footprint.
  • “Metrics are trending in the right direction, despite the loss of a team.”  This was Commissioner Antonucci’s answer when asked about the stigma that the loss of the Sol might create.  The Commish was quick to point out that LA was an unfortunate, but isolated incident and that the other eight ownership groups are indeed committed.
  • WPS plans to do its part to honor the World Cup this summer – the league tried to schedule around WC matches, there are plans for viewing parties organized by teams and a hope to tie World Cup festivities in with the WPS All-Star Game.
  • WPS will at some point be announcing a cross-marketing campaign between the league and US Soccer/The USWNT.  Commissioner Antonucci praised US Soccer for what’s been done already to cross-promote, including mentions of players’ WPS clubs during USWNT broadcasts.

With Boston heading to DC on Saturday and FCGP at St. Louis, Atlanta at Philly, and Chicago at SBFC (live on FSC, 6pm ET) on Sunday we’re set to kick of 2010 with the first four-game weekend in WPS history.  For my closing remarks, I yield to WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci: “WPS is a super league of amazing stars ready for the mainstream. Ultimately, they are our biggest assets – athletes who have worked their whole lives at their craft simply out of passion for the game, who are incredible role models, heroes and entertainers for everyone both young and old.  They are athletes who do not come to the field with a sense of entitlement, but rather a sense of community. These are athletes that all fans can relate to.”

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Thanks Abby!Daniela to miss at least two more months

Posted on 07 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Saint Louis Athletica midfielder Daniela will miss at least two more months after the club said it had placed the Brazilian on the 60-day injured reserve list. The injury is a result of Abby Wambach’s tackle from last May.

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Thanks Abby!Daniela to miss at least two more months

Posted on 07 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Saint Louis Athletica of Women’s Professional Soccer announced today, April 7, that midfielder Daniela had been placed on the 60-day injured reserve list. The Brazilian international will return to action in June as she continues to recover from knee surgery.

Daniela suffered the injury on May 3 of 2009 in a game against the Washington Freedom. Washington forward Abby Wambach’s foul (the press release calls it a “collision”) on Daniela resulted in a crack to the Brazilian’s tibia and tears to two separate knee ligaments. Daniela was forced to miss the remainder of the 2009 season.

Daniela played in just three matches in 2009. She recorded the first goal in franchise history by slotting home a rebound in that very same May 3 match. Daniela also notched an impressive 30-yard strike for the second goal of the game. She then suffered her injury late in the second half. Daniela was re-signed by Saint Louis Athletica in early March. Daniela joins rookie Kristina Larsen, fractured foot, on injured reserve as the club prepares to start the season.

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WPS signs Citi as back shirt sponsor

Posted on 12 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Women’s Professional Soccer today, March 12, announced that Citigroup Inc. had signed on as a founding partner for the league. PUMA was a founding partner during the WPS inaugural Season. “Citi recognizes and supports the opportunities that WPS has created for female athletes and women’s soccer players over the past two years and looks forward to continuing to support the growth of youth soccer in communities around the country,” WPS said in its announcement.

As a result of the deal, Citi’s logo will be placed on the backs of all the team uniforms below the numbers, the first-ever national jersey partnership for WPS.

“Given our global reach, Citi is thrilled to contribute to the growth of the world’s most popular game here in the United States,” said Mark Ingall, Citi Managing Director, Global Strategic Media. “More and more Americans, including millions of women and girls, play and follow the game. This partnership will be an effective platform to attract and retain customers, including young women and families in local communities across the country. We are very pleased to support these tremendous athletes and their passionate fans.”

“We are proud to welcome Citi into the WPS family,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. “Our national partners are so vital to the growth of our league and helping spread the message that women’s professional soccer is a world class product that is here for everyone to enjoy in the long term.”

An update from the business side

The league also released information about ticket sales and sponsorships as part of the announcement. Season ticket sales for the six returning teams are up 17% on the whole compared to this time last year — with three of the six teams returning from the 2009 season tracking double their season tickets sold at this same period one year ago. The league has already seen an increase in overall sponsorships from 2009, and is projecting that four of eight teams will feature a jersey partnership this season with logos on the front of their uniforms – a two-fold increase on last year.

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Full 2010 schedule announced

Posted on 18 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled its 2010 WPS season schedule Feb. 18, along with Fox Soccer Channel’s WPS Sunday on FSC nationally-televised broadcast schedule.

In 2010, WPS will expand to a 24-game regular season schedule in which each of the eight WPS teams will host 12 home games and play the other seven teams in the league three or four times each based mostly on regional rivalries. 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 a regular season of 96 total games running through Sunday, September 12. WPS will take a break on the weekend of May 22 for national team commitments and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying games. Games are mostly featured on Saturday and Sunday evenings with 12 midweek games scheduled on Wednesday nights starting in early June.

The national television schedule on Fox Soccer Channel will kick off at 6pm ET on Sunday, April 11 with 2009 WPS Champion Sky Blue FC taking on the Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. All eight WPS teams will be shown during the first month of the season and seven of the eight WPS venues will be featured on television in the first nine weeks of the regular season. Other television highlights for WPS Sunday on FSC include:

* Four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, debuting with her new team, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), during a special Saturday, May 1 timeslot at 6pm ET against Sky Blue FC.
* The national television debut of WPS expansion team Philadelphia Independence, as they travel to Boston to take on the Boston Breakers at 6pm ET on April 18.
* The opening of the first-ever stadium built specifically for a WPS team with the Atlanta Beat hosting Sky Blue FC on Sunday, May 9 in their home opener.
* San Francisco Bay Area’s FC Gold Pride hosting their first national television game at Pioneer Stadium on the campus of California State University, East Bay on June 27.
* A new mid-season WPS All-Star Game presented by U.S. Coast Guard on June 30.
* Open dates on September 5 and 12 will be flex television games in order to broadcast match-ups with playoff implications.

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, September 19 at 2pm ET/11am PT in the WPS First Round featured nationally on Fox Sports Net. The No. 2 seed will host the winner of the WPS First Round on September 22/23 in the WPS Super Semifinal on Fox Soccer Channel. As the No. 1 seed, the winner of the regular season will play host to the winner of the Super Semifinal in the 2010 WPS Championship on September 26 at 2pm ET/11am PT, broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net. Seedings will be based on the final 2010 WPS Regular Season standings in a single, eight-team table.

2010 WPS Season Schedule

Subject to change // home team listed first // all kick-off times listed in EST// Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and Fox Sports Net (FSN)

Week 1
Saturday, April 10
Washington Freedom vs Boston Breakers 7pm

Sunday, April 11
Saint Louis Athletica vs FC Gold Pride 4pm
Philadelphia Independence vs Atlanta Beat 6pm
Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars 6pm (FSC)

Week 2
Saturday, April 17
Chicago Red Stars vs Saint Louis Athletica 8pm
FC Gold Pride vs Sky Blue FC 10pm

Sunday, April 18
Washington Freedom vs Atlanta Beat 4pm
Boston Breakers vs Philadelphia Independence 6pm (FSC)

Week 3
Saturday, April 24
FC Gold Pride vs Atlanta Beat 10pm

Sunday, April 25
Philadelphia Independence vs Washington Freedom 6pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Boston Breakers 6pm (FSC)
Chicago Red Stars vs Sky Blue FC 6pm

Week 4
Saturday, May 1
Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars 6pm
Sky Blue FC vs FC Gold Pride 6pm (FSC)
Philadelphia Independence vs Atlanta Beat 6pm
Washington Freedom vs Saint Louis Athletica TBD

Week 5
Saturday, May 8
Washington Freedom vs Boston Breakers 7pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Philadelphia Independence 8:10pm
FC Gold Pride vs Chicago Red Stars 10pm

Sunday, May 9
Atlanta Beat vs Sky Blue FC 7pm (FSC)

Week 6

Friday, May 14
Boston Breakers vs FC Gold Pride 7:30pm

Saturday, May 15
Chicago Red Stars vs Philadelphia Independence 7pm

Sunday, May 16
Saint Louis Athletica vs Sky Blue FC 4pm
Atlanta Beat vs Washington Freedom 6pm (FSC)

Week 7
Saturday, May 29
Atlanta Beat vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm
Sky Blue FC vs Boston Breakers 7pm
Chicago Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride 8pm

Sunday, May 30
Washington Freedom vs Philadelphia Independence 6pm (FSC)

Week 8
Saturday, June 5
Boston Breakers vs Saint Louis Athletica 6pm
FC Gold Pride vs Washington Freedom 10pm

Sunday, June 6
Philadelphia Independence vs Sky Blue FC 6pm
Chicago Red Stars vs Atlanta Beat 6pm (FSC)

Week 9
Wednesday, June 9
Saint Louis Athletica vs FC Gold Pride 8:10pm

Saturday, June 12
Saint Louis Athletica vs Atlanta Beat 5:45pm
Washington Freedom vs Chicago Red Stars 7pm

Sunday, June 13
Boston Breakers vs Sky Blue FC 4pm
Philadelphia Independence vs FC Gold Pride 6pm (FSC)

Week 10

Saturday, June 19
Sky Blue FC vs Philadelphia Independence 7pm
Atlanta Beat vs Chicago Red Stars 7pm
FC Gold Pride vs Boston Breakers 10pm

Sunday, June 20
Saint Louis Athletica vs Washington Freedom 6pm (FSC)

Week 11
Wednesday, June 23
Atlanta Beat vs Philadelphia Independence 7:30pm

Friday, June 25
Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars 7:30pm

Saturday, June 26
Philadelphia Independence vs Washington Freedom 6pm

Sunday, June 27
FC Gold Pride vs Saint Louis Athletica 6pm (FSC)

WPS All-Star Game presented by U.S. Coast Guard
Wednesday, June 30 TBD (FSC)

Week 12
Saturday, July 3
Atlanta Beat vs FC Gold Pride 7pm

Sunday, July 4
Philadelphia Independence vs Boston Breakers 4pm
Washington Freedom vs Sky Blue FC 6pm

Week 13
Wednesday, July 7
Sky Blue FC vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm
Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Freedom 8:30pm

Saturday, July 10
Chicago Red Stars vs Philadelphia Independence 7pm
Washington Freedom vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm

Sunday, July 11
Boston Breakers vs Atlanta Beat 4pm
FC Gold Pride vs Sky Blue FC 6pm (FSC)

Week 14
Saturday, July 17
FC Gold Pride vs Philadelphia Independence 10pm

Sunday, July 18
Boston Breakers vs Washington Freedom 5pm (FSC)
Sky Blue FC vs Atlanta Beat 7pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Chicago Red Stars 8:10pm

Week 15
Wednesday, July 21
Boston Breakers vs FC Gold Pride 7pm
Atlanta Beat vs Chicago Red Stars 7:30pm

Saturday, July 24
Philadelphia Independence vs Sky Blue FC 6pm
Washington Freedom vs FC Gold Pride 7pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Atlanta Beat 8:10pm

Sunday, July 25
Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers 4pm

Week 16
Wednesday, July 28
Sky Blue FC vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm

Saturday, July 31
Boston Breakers vs Philadelphia Independence 6pm

Sunday, Aug. 1
Atlanta Beat vs Washington Freedom 5pm (FSC)
Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars 7pm

Week 17
Wednesday, Aug. 4
Washington Freedom vs Philadelphia Independence 7:30pm

Saturday, Aug. 7
Atlanta Beat vs Boston Breakers 7pm
FC Gold Pride vs Chicago Red Stars 10pm

Sunday, Aug. 8
Philadelphia Independence vs Saint Louis Athletica 7:30pm (FSC)

Week 18
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Sky Blue FC vs Washington Freedom 7pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Boston Breakers 8:10pm
Chicago Red Stars vs Atlanta Beat 8:30pm

Saturday, Aug. 14
Atlanta Beat vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm
FC Gold Pride vs Washington Freedom 10pm

Sunday, Aug. 15
Philadelphia Independence vs Chicago Red Stars 6pm
Boston Breakers vs Sky Blue FC 6pm (FSC)

Week 19
Saturday, Aug. 21
Boston Breakers vs Atlanta Beat TBD

Sunday, Aug. 22
Sky Blue FC vs Philadelphia Independence 4pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Washington Freedom 4pm
Chicago Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride 6pm (FSC)

Week 20
Saturday, Aug. 28
Atlanta Beat vs FC Gold Pride 7pm
Washington Freedom vs Sky Blue FC 7pm
Saint Louis Athletica vs Chicago Red Stars 8:10pm

Sunday, Aug. 29
Philadelphia Independence vs Boston Breakers 6pm (FSC)

Week 21
Wednesday, Sept. 1
Sky Blue FC vs FC Gold Pride 7pm

Sunday, Sept. 5 (FSC Flex TV Date)
Atlanta Beat vs Sky Blue FC TBD
FC Gold Pride vs Boston Breakers TBD
Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Freedom TBD
Philadelphia Independence vs Saint Louis Athletica 6pm

Week 22
Saturday, Sept. 11
FC Gold Pride vs Philadelphia Independence TBD
Chicago Red Stars vs Saint Louis Athletica 7pm
Sky Blue FC vs Boston Breakers 7pm

Sunday, Sept. 12 (FSC Flex TV Date)
Washington Freedom vs Atlanta Beat TBD

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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.

Click here to go directly to the photo gallery.

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