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Women’s Professional Soccer Adds Players to 2009 WPS All-Star Game Roster

Posted by iamhannah on August 7, 2009

Next-highest Vote-Getters Announced to Starting Roster; Seven At-Large Players Named

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 7, 2009) – Women’s Professional Soccer announced the complete selections to its 18-player 2009 WPS All-Star Team on Friday. Five players were automatic selections as the next-highest vote-getters to replace players from the First XI who are unavailable due to the 2009 European Championships including Alex Scott (D, Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (M, Boston Breakers), Camille Abily (M, Los Angeles Sol), Eniola Aluko (F, Saint Louis Athletica) and Sonia Bompastor (M, Washington Freedom). The changes to the First XI based on votes received (bolded; listed by position, club team and national team):

WPS All-Star Team Starters
Karina LeBlanc    GK    Los Angeles Sol        Canada
Tina Ellertson          D    Saint Louis Athletica  United States
Amy LePeilbet        D    Boston Breakers       United States
Christie Rampone   D    Sky Blue FC             United States*
Shannon Boxx        M    Los Angeles Sol        United States
Lori Chalupny        M    Saint Louis Athletica  United States
Formiga                 M    FC Gold Pride          Brazil*
Aya Miyama          M    Los Angeles Sol        Japan*
Megan Rapinoe     M    Chicago Red Stars    United States*
Cristiane                 F    Chicago Red Stars    Brazil*
Marta                     F    Los Angeles Sol        Brazil
*next highest vote-getter to replace First XI

In addition, WPS All-Star Team Head Coach Abner Rogers and WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci named an additional seven at-large players to the roster, including:

WPS All-Star Team At-Large Selections (Commissioner/All-Star Team Head Coach)
Brittany Klein         M       Chicago Red Stars     United States
Kristine Lilly           F        Boston Breakers         United States
Heather O’Reilly    M        Sky Blue FC              United States
Christine Sinclair     F        FC Gold Pride            Canada
Hope Solo            GK      Saint Louis Athletica    United States
Abby Wambach     F        Washington Freedom    United States
Cat Whitehill          D        Washington Freedom    United States

“This is a fantastic roster of talented players who together make up a world class WPS All-Star Team that will put on a great show of soccer in St. Louis,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. “I can’t think of a better way to end our terrific inaugural season than by celebrating our league’s teams and players with a weekend soccer festival right in the heart of America.”
The 2009 WPS All-Star Game features the WPS All-Stars against Swedish league champions Umeå IK at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, MO, on Sunday, August 30th with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm ET/4:30pm CT. The game will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel and regionally on select Fox Sports Net affiliates (check local listings) with coverage starting at 5:00 p.m. ET with a half-hour pre-game show prior to kick-off.

Courtesy of: WPS

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RED STARS’ MASAR OUT 4-6 WEEKS

Posted by iamhannah on June 10, 2009

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Chicago Red Stars forward Ella Masar will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a hip injury that resulted in four torn muscles during Sunday’s 1-1 tie at FC Gold Pride.

Masar was injured in the 72nd minute of Sunday’s match when she collided with FC Gold Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart while chasing down a ball inside the 18-yard box.  An MRI Tuesday revealed the damage.

The former University of Illinois standout has appeared in all nine games for the Red Stars this season, including three starts.  She recorded the first point of her WPS career at Los Angeles June 3rd on an assist to Cristiane.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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Sky Blue FC Relieves Ian Sawyers of Duties as Head Coach & General Manager

Posted by iamhannah on May 28, 2009

SOMERSET, N.J. (May 28, 2009) – Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer announced today that Ian Sawyers has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach and General Manager. This follows the announcement last Saturday of Sawyers’ indefinite suspension from both positions.
“The disagreements between the coach, team, and management made it impossible to move forward successfully,” said Thomas Hofstetter, CEO and President of Sky Blue Soccer, the parent company of Sky Blue FC. “We need to maintain the goals, and the atmosphere that is most conducive for our team, and be able to focus on building the league. Consequently, we felt this move was necessary.”
“I have incredibly strong belief in the Sky Blue FC team as players and as people, and the tremendous character and strength they have shown throughout this process demonstrates that they will be successful both on and off the field.”
Sky Blue FC also announced the appointment of Gerry Marrone as the new team General Manager. Marrone, who has has been playing, coaching and administrating soccer for over 25 years, served the Sky Blue Soccer organization as the VP of Sales & Marketing. Previously, he was the senior VP of PromoWorks, a marketing services company and official promo organization for the Chicago Cubs. Marrone is currently the owner of the Central New Jersey franchise of the national chain Soccer Shots, which delivers soccer education to youth ages three through eight.
“I’ve been in all types of business situations in my career,” Marrone said. “I am confident, and excited, to take on the roles and responsibilities as General Manager of Sky Blue FC, to negotiate challenges and celebrate success, and to combine my business experience with my passion for soccer.”
“Gerry has brought skill, experience and unparalleled success to our organization in a very brief time,” Hofstetter said. “I am completely confident that he is the perfect fit for this job, and that he will continue to develop in the vital role as General Manager. Together with Assistant General Manager Kristin Lettiere, we have a great administrative team in place.”
Sky Blue FC continues with Assistant General Manager Kristin Lettiere, who has been with the company for the past year. Lettiere is an experienced soccer administrator, who formerly worked in various capacities for U.S. Soccer and was the Director of Operations for the W-League, the women’s semi-pro division of United Soccer Leagues.
Sky Blue FC, with interim Head Coach Kelly Lindsey, returns to New Jersey this Sunday, May 31st at 6 p.m. to take on the Boston Breakers. The match will be the first home game for Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.
Courtesy of: Sky Blue FC

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U.S. Women to Face Canada in Toronto on May 25

Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009

Change in Schedule Will See U.S. Play in Canada for First Time Since 2001
Both the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair Shoot for 100th International GoalCHICAGO (May 12, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has added a May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto to replace two previously canceled matches against Japan. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field, Canada’s national stadium and home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, and fans can follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Canada was previously to play host to Japan on May 25, but after the Japanese pulled out of their North American tour, the U.S. will now travel to Canada for the first time since 2001 when the two teams also met in Toronto. That match was played at the old Varsity Stadium and ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 9,023 fans, which at the time was the largest crowd ever to watch the Canadian women’s team in Canada.

“I am grateful that we could put together a game on such short notice and want to thank the WPS teams and officials for their flexibility in unique situation,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We’ve been watching a lot of WPS games and it will be so nice to have all the players together who have performed well in the league. I am very happy that the USA and Canada could get together to organize this match.”

The quick arrangement of the match in Toronto means that the USA and Canada will play three times this summer as the two countries were already scheduled to meet twice in July in the United States, on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. Tickets are available for both games through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

The USA and Canada played five times in 2008, with the USA post a 4-0-1 record that included topping Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final in penalty kicks. One of the victories came in overtime in a Beijing Olympic quarterfinal, and the U.S. also edged Canada 1-0 in the Peace Queen Cup Final in South Korea.

The match presents an interesting and historic scenario for both teams’ star strikers as the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair will each be going for their 100th career international goals in the same match, the first time that has ever happened in soccer history.

The match also marks the return to international play for Wambach for the first time since she suffered a broken leg in the USA’s final pre-Olympic match last July.

While the USA and Canada have played 44 times in their histories, the most meetings with the USA by any country other than Norway (45 games), the USA’s trip to Canada is certainly rare. Of the 44 matches, just four have been played in Canada, 25 have been in the United States and 15 at neutral sites. The USA is 3-0-1 against the Maple Leafs in matches played in Canada.

Source: US Soccer

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U.S. WNT Matches Against Japan Cancelled

Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009

The Japanese Women’s National Team has pulled out of the two upcoming matches in the United States due to the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu).  The two matches were in Frisco, Texas, and Sandy, Utah on May 20 and May 23 respectfully. The Japanese team were also to play Canada in Toronto on May 25.

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WPS. See Extraordinary.

Posted by iamhannah on May 8, 2009

Watch Boston Breakers forward Angela Hucles, FC Gold Pride defender Rachel Buehler, Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach, Saint Louis Athletica goalkeeper Hope Solo, Chicago Red Stars forward Lindsay Tarpley, Sky Blue FC forward Natasha Kai, Los Angeles Sol midfielder Shannon Boxx and other WPS stars every Sunday on FSC, or buy tickets to see a match – http://www.womensprosoccer.com/tickets/tickets

Courtesy of: WPS

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Four Breakers Called Up for U.S. National Team Matches Versus Japan

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (May 6, 2009) – Four Boston Breakers are among the 21 players called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team by head coach Pia Sundhage, it was announced this afternoon by U.S. Soccer. The team will face Japan in a pair of matches, May 20 in Frisco, Texas and again on May 23 in Sandy, Utah.

The four Breakers, a total which matches the Chicago Red Stars for the WPS team with the most call-ups, are forward Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Angela Hucles and defenders Amy LePeilbet and Heather Mitts.  None of the four will miss any matches with Boston, and will join the national team following the Breakers home match against the Washington Freedom on May 17.

Rodriguez, Hucles and Mitts have all been mainstays with the national team in recent times and were each a part of the gold medal-winning squad which defeated Brazil last summer in the final of the Beijing Olympics.  For LePeilbet, this is her first time back with the team since 2006.

Since the Olympic triumph, both Hucles and Mitts have hit the 100 cap (appearance) milestone, becoming the 24th and 25th Americans, respectively, to do so. Hucles earned her 100th cap against the Korea Republic on Nov. 8, while Mitts reached the century mark in the previous U.S. match against Sweden in the final of the Algarve Cup on March 11.

Rodriguez, who had the assist on the game-winning goal in the USA’s 1-0 win over Brazil in the Olympic final, has scored six times in 35 international matches. LePeilbet has earned 23 caps with the national team from 2004-06.

These will be the first-ever international games for the U.S. during the WPS season and the first domestic matches of 2009 for a U.S. team which is in very early preparations for qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Seventeen of the 21 players on the roster are currently playing in WPS, and Sundhage also named four collegiate players.

Courtesy of: Boston Breakers

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Mass 3, Puma 2

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 4, 2009 —  From uniforms to bags, and just about every soccer equipment category in between, “unknown-brands” are evolving into premium products.
In a battle of soccer brands, Mass, a relative newcomer from Italy, has just fired a warning shot. Once relegated to the last pages of catalogs where only the thriftiest of recreational soccer administrators looked for them, Mass is improving its image, and going top shelf, so to speak.

Mass, an authentic Italian sports apparel and accessories company has signed on to outfit FC Indiana, a women’s soccer giant from Indianapolis.
Last Saturday FC Indiana faced Puma-outfitted Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team Chicago Red Stars, which featured Brazilian Cristiane and US Soccer Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, and came away with a comfortable 3-2 win.

“This economy, in my opinion, will change the way youth clubs are choosing what brands to buy,” said FC Indiana’s Shek Borkowski. “Our fans see first-hand world class players wearing Mass brand and they consider it for their clubs and teams.” And Borkowski expects the trend to continue for at least the next five years, noting that recession is changing the purchasing patterns of youth clubs.

One big sign of the transformation taking place was visible at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday night, where hundreds of youth players, coaches and administrators in attendance got a first look at FC Indiana’s new sleek all black Mass uniforms. “Our fans are curious and we are getting inquiries about our uniforms and where we got them. That’s a good sign for Mass and our other partners,” said Borkowski.
The interest is also beginning to translate into sales. According to Borkowski FC Indiana received an order for 50 replica shirts with FC Indiana midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi’s name. Its small, Borkowski says, but its a start.

Big companies whose business models are based on the idea that soccer buyers will pay a premium for big name brands, such as a Beckham endorsed product, may see a change in sales trends as
Mass represents a steadily growing alternative for most typical clubs. “Our players are role models for many youth players, we are approachable and in the community and kids want to wear what FC Indiana players wear,” stated Borkowski.

For more information about Mass please visit: http://www.massportusa.com/

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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FC Indiana’s Corie Moore expects more from herself

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 5, 2009 —  FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saw Corie Moore for the first time in February of 2007. He was in Detroit watching an indoor co-ed tournament when he spotted Moore.
“I talked to her about FC Indiana and asked her to play with us,” said the coach.
Borkowski, who makes it a habit of looking for players where other coaches don’t tread, says he liked Moore’s athleticism and her attitude, “Corie has no fear of names and reputations. She simply competes for 90 minutes.”

Since that Detroit weekend in 2007, Moore helped FC Indiana to WPSL league title, US Open Cup title and a second place W-League finish last year. Along the way, she helped the club beat New Zealand WNT 1-0 and in the last two weekends she helped stop Heather O’Reilly, Sarah Walsh and Cristiane. Not bad for a player who was not recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing at University of Findlay.
Borkowski describes Moore as a late bloomer. “With the late developers – my philosophy is to have them playing men’s soccer November-March. They’d come back with bloody noses sometimes, but they learn the physical side, plus they’d get genuine criticism from male players and be under more realistic pressure. Many times going straight from college to our team is just too vast.”
Borkowski describes Moore as a good athlete who had to learn a lot, “when she first came to us she was pretty raw but now she knows when to go tight and when to drop off and the art of defending is all about reading the situation.”

In her third season in Indiana, Moore feels like there is more for her to achieve. “Graduating from Findlay I though I was done with soccer,” she says. “Now, the last two seasons increased my ambition.”
Look for more from Moore in 2009!

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 5, 2009 —  FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saw Corie Moore for the first time in February of 2007. He was in Detroit watching an indoor co-ed tournament when he spotted Moore.
“I talked to her about FC Indiana and asked her to play with us,” said the coach.
Borkowski, who makes it a habit of looking for players where other coaches don’t tread, says he liked Moore’s athleticism and her attitude, “Corie has no fear of names and reputations. She simply competes for 90 minutes.”

Since that Detroit weekend in 2007, Moore helped FC Indiana to WPSL league title, US Open Cup title and a second place W-League finish last year. Along the way, she helped the club beat New Zealand WNT 1-0 and in the last two weekends she helped stop Heather O’Reilly, Sarah Walsh and Cristiane. Not bad for a player who was not recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing at University of Findlay.
Borkowski describes Moore as a late bloomer. “With the late developers – my philosophy is to have them playing men’s soccer November-March. They’d come back with bloody noses sometimes, but they learn the physical side, plus they’d get genuine criticism from male players and be under more realistic pressure. Many times going straight from college to our team is just too vast.”
Borkowski describes Moore as a good athlete who had to learn a lot, “when she first came to us she was pretty raw but now she knows when to go tight and when to drop off and the art of defending is all about reading the situation.”

In her third season in Indiana, Moore feels like there is more for her to achieve. “Graduating from Findlay I though I was done with soccer,” she says. “Now, the last two seasons increased my ambition.”
Look for more from Moore in 2009!

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Bompastor named WPS Player of the Week

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

BOYDS, Md. – For the second time in as many weeks, a Washington Freedom player has been named the WPS Player of the Week. With two goals, including the game-tying goal in the 90th minute, in a 3-3 draw with Saint Louis, midfielder Sonia Bompastor was awarded the honor by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).

Bompastor’s two goals on Sunday were her first as a member of the Freedom, although she did record the assist on the team’s first WPS goal back on April 11 against Chicago. Both of Bompastor’s goals were scored with her head.

This is the second straight week a two-goal scorer has been named Player of the Week. Abby Wambach won the award the previous week for her two goal, one assist performance against FC Gold Pride, which included the game-winner in stoppage time.

Courtesy of: Washington Freedom

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