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PUMA® And Women’s Professional Soccer Unveil 2009 Season Uniforms With Sport And Style

Posted by iamhannah on February 25, 2009

New Home and Away Uniforms Fuse Performance with Fashion, Bold Color and Feminine Flare

NEW YORK, NY (February 24, 2008) – Global sportlifestyle brand PUMA® and the stars of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), including three-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, Marta, number one WPS draft pick and Olympic Gold Medalist, Amy Rodriguez, and US National Team midfielder and Women’s World Cup bronze medalist, Leslie Osborne, unveiled the home and away uniforms in New York today at a high-profile fashion presentation.  TV personality and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Summer Sanders hosted the event, while fashion designer and winner of TV’s Project Runway Season 4, Christian Siriano added to the excitement by designing his own fashion interpretation of a home and away uniforms inspired by the colors and materials from of the league’s uniforms.  The WPS uniforms will be put to the test in the WPS Inaugural Match on March 29th in Los Angeles, California when the Los Angeles Sol takes on the Washington Freedom.

PUMA brings a sense of fashion, flare and femininity to the kits with tailored jerseys, shorts and wraps instead of the oversized men’s soccer shorts and tees traditionally seen in the sport.  Although the uniforms have a more tailored silhouette, the technical materials, cuts and shapes are driven purely by performance, designed for the players to have the maximum flexibility to get them to the ball faster.  Made with 100% polyester, the PUMA WPS kits contain contract mesh inserts for comfort and breathability and, a shaped hem and flatlock stitching for a more feminine silhouette.  Each garment also has a wicking finish to allow for moisture management, keeping the players dry and comfortable.

“Having the right technical gear and footwear during a 90-minute game is crucial to any soccer player,” said Leslie Osborne.  “PUMA has made apparel and footwear with the player in mind and they have truly proven themselves once again with the new WPS uniforms.  As a PUMA player, I enjoy PUMA both on and off the field.  Not only do they make athletic wear that performs, but its comfortable and stylish.”

Two players from each of the league’s seven teams graced the runway in their respective home and away kits:  recently signed PUMA athlete, Amy Rodriguez and Angela Hucles for the Boston Breakers, Carli Lloyd and Nikki Krzysik for the Chicago Red Stars, PUMA athlete Leslie Osborne and Christina DiMartino for FC Gold Pride (San Francisco Bay Area), PUMA athlete Marta Vieira da Silva and Johanna Frisk for the Los Angeles Sol, Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny for the Saint Louis Athletica, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone for the Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ Area), and Allie Long and Sarah Huffman for the Washington Freedom.  The key color combinations for the team uniforms are:

HOME AWAY

Boston Breakers                          Team Royal                                 White
Chicago Red Stars                        Team Pearl Blue                        White

FC Gold Pride                              PUMA Black                                Team Gold

Los Angeles Sol                           New Navy & Team Yellow         White

Saint Louis Athletica                     USA Forest Green                    Pace Grey

Sky Blue FC                                Team Pearl Blue                            Team Orange

Washington Freedom                    New Navy                                  PUMA Red

Christian Siriano, known for his bold work during Project Runway Season 4, has been a long time friend of the PUMA brand, designing outfits for musicians such as Estelle and Lady Gaga using existing PUMA fabrics and pieces.  For this special uniform unveiling, in true PUMA fashion, Siriano designed his take on the home and away uniforms by infusing his style, personality and charm with the PUMA sportlifestyle DNA and female athletes in mind.  The two design creations were showcased as part of the WPS Uniform unveiling, reinforcing PUMA’s fusion of both sport and lifestyle.  After the event, PUMA will work with WPS to highlight Siriano’s custom-designed outfits throughout the season and eventually auction his pieces later in the year, with proceeds going to a charity befitting of WPS, PUMA and Siriano.

“This is the first time I’ve ever designed for athletes – it’s perfect because I always design for strong women in my Ready to Wear collections and professional athletes definitely have to be tough in mind, body and spirit,” said fashion designer Christian Siriano.  “These soccer players amazing and I love it!”

PUMA became an official founding partner of WPS and an official sponsor of all WPS franchises in December 2008. The multi-year partnership makes PUMA the official sport and lifestyle apparel, footwear and equipment supplier of WPS, including the official WPS Match Ball.  In addition to on-field performance wear, PUMA will outfit the athletes and teams at all WPS-related events, activities and WPS appearances in sportlifestyle apparel. This partnership will allow PUMA and WPS to enhance the game of women’s soccer together and will act as the foundation in the PUMA Women’s category.  PUMA will launch a fully integrated advertising campaign starring their PUMA athletes, Marta Vieira da Silva, Leslie Osborne and Amy Rodriguez, that will run this upcoming season.

PUMA is a leader in the game of soccer with a European portfolio of five National Teams, including current FIFA World Cup™ holders Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.  In addition to being the official supplier to these European teams, PUMA has a long standing relationship with 11 African soccer Federations including the current CAF African Cup of Nations™ holders, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Namibia.  In the U.S., PUMA has worked with all-star Major League Soccer athletes such as Matt Reis, Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario.

Courtesy of: Puma

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WPS Preseason Schedule

Posted by leyrocks on February 21, 2009

Here is a preliminary preseason game schedule for the WPS. I’m assuming Chicago and   St. Louis will add more preseason games.

Los Angeles Sol

March 10 Sol vs USC @ Home Depot Center

March 14 Sol vs FC Gold Pride @ Home Depot Center (free to the public)

March 17 Sol vs FC Gold Pride @ Home Depot Center (closed to public)

March 21 Sol vs TBA @ Home Depot Center

 

FC Gold Pride

TBA              FC Gold Pride vs CAL

TBA              FC Gold Pride vs Sacramento Storm (WPSL)

March 14   Sol vs FC Gold Pride @ Home Depot Center (free to the public)

March 17   Sol vs FC Gold Pride @ Home Depot Center (closed doors)

 

Washington Freedom

March 14    Freedom vs Sky Blue FC @ Maryland SoccerPlex

March 22    Freedom vs UNC @ Legion Stadium, Wilmington, N.C.

 

Sky Blue FC

March 14    Freedom vs Sky Blue FC @ Maryland SoccerPlex

March 20    Sky Blue FC vs UNC @ Greensboro, NC

 

Boston Breakers

March 18    Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars in Florida

TBA           Boston Breakers vs Connecticut

TBA           Boston Breakers vs Boston College

 

 Chicago Red Stars

March 18    Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars in Florida

 

Saint Louis Athletica

TBA          Athletica vs Notre Dame


Other important dates:

February 23 – Team deadlines to announce pre-season schedules and exhibitions


February 24 – WPS Team Uniform unveiling in Manhattan (Home & Away)


March 2 – Training camps open; players report


March 2 – Deadline for pre-season rosters to be announced 


March 12 – U.S. Women’s National Team and other int’l players report to camp following Algarve & Cyprus Cups


March 13 – Teams must announce roster cut-downs to 24 players


March 19 – 10-day countdown to WPS Inaugural Match


March 25 – Teams must announce final Opening Day rosters (18 players + optional 4 developmental players)


March 29 – WPS Inaugural Match


April 4-5 – WPS Kick-Off Week


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Supporters Group: Laclede’s Army

Posted by iamhannah on January 29, 2009

Laclede’s Army is the first supporters group for St. Louis Athletica of the Women’s Professional Soccer league. Join in the Army’s chanting and drumming, singing and streamers. For information on Laclede’s Army make sure to check them out on Facebook, Myspace or BigSoccer.

If you belong to a supporters group and would like to see them on WSS send an email to womenssoccershow [at] gmail [dot] com.


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