My two cents
Posted by leyrocks on February 14, 2009
Ok so I didn’t want to make six different blog entries for every story/opinion I had (out of pure laziness ), so here are a couple of things that have been on my mind:
The WPS Schedule – I honestly can’t wait for the WPS season to start but looking at the LA Sol schedule, they have a scheduled some games on Wednesdays, which I don’t have a problem with. But to schedule their last home game on Wednesday July 8th and to be played at 12pm. Oh my god are you serious???? First of all how many people are going to show up for a game played at noon in the middle of the week? People do work you know. Second, if their last home game has to be played on a Wednesday why play it so early? Don’t they realize how hot it will be. According to the Galaxy and Chivas USA, July 11th is scheduled to be the Super Classico Galaxy vs. Chivas USA. Wouldn’t it had been great to play a double header on this day instead of the mid afternoon game on Wednesday. I mean believe the Sol and Galaxy will play a double header on May 30th.
Playoff Schedule – I kind of like the playoff version the WPS has presented, unlike the playoff versions of the MLS, NFL, NBA and MLB which are kind of all the same. The WPS tries to incorporate the traditional soccer format championship in the US. In most soccer playing countries, the team with the best record wins the league championship, there is no final or semifinal game to be played. If you have the best record during the season you win the league. A traditional playoff schedule American’s are use to is mostly use for special cups like the Copa del Rey in Spain or the FA Cup in England. Now with the new playoff format each game really matters. You want to have the best record and win as many games possible. The only downside I see is the huge break (a bit over two weeks) the top team will have to wait for the final game.
WPS Atmosphere – I hope that the games in the WPS will not be full of just soccer moms and 11 year old kids screaming MIA MIA MIA MIA, oh wait i mean ABBY, ABBY, ABBY or MARTA, MARTA, MARTA, in order to get an autograph. Don’t get me wrong I understand that the WPS target market are soccer moms/dads and kids but I do hope to see the traditional rowdy soccer fans in the games.
Backlash of the WPS International Draft – I think we may be the only country that drafts players. I don’t think many countries understand what is the purpose of the draft and how is works. When the WPS conducted the International Draft it kind of sent two different messages. One, we are interested in these players and we want these players to play in our league, only a certain team can try to sign Marta, Daniela, Kelly Smith etc… Second message, because they use the term “Draft” it seemed like the WPS had already signed these players. The terms “draft” or “playing rights” made it seem like Kelly Smith had already signed with the Boston Breakers even though she still has playing and had contract with Arsenal. Many clubs including Umea IK, Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais are upset with the WPS for they way they drafted their players. For example Camille Abily has reach an agreement with the LA Sol but her French club Olympique Lyonnais is going to oppose the move and will only grant if it they get paid for her leaving. (Like the whole Beckham Milan situation).
Honestly I can see why they are mad. For some league to come out of nowhere and say, “oh we have drafted your player and her rights are now with Chicago or Boston,” was a bit messed up. In a way I would had wished the league would had conducted the WPS International Daft in house and just announce player signing as it happened. However, come on as a blogger, fan and player that would had been torture. It would have meant 4 months of speculation on which team would land Marta, Cristiane, Kelly Smith, and Daniela ect….
I think the WPS had no choice in conducting the draft this way. For instance Cristiane has said she wants to know what players she would be possibly be playing with before she signs with Chicago.
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