By David Bayer
The sports world was transformed with the advent of free agency in Major League Baseball in the ’70s. As a fan, the player movements from team to team provided an interesting new twist. Eventually though, as a supporter of teams that weren’t spending money, frustration set in … and then anger. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The reoccurring themes for players leaving their teams were: a “business decision” or “best thing for my family” or “want to play on a winner.”
As millions of dollars piled up, those reasons were hard to swallow, and my tolerance of pro athletes waned. Mad at the teams and players, I decided to curtail my support of pro sports at the box office. And they haven’t missed me. And now, free agency is rearing its ugly head in the WPS. A friend (Carolyn Blank) and a pseudo family member (McCall Zerboni) have already departed from our Atlanta Beat. And there will be more changes to come. The “FA” designation still looms over more of our favorites.
So, now what? Same old story? Is it time to depart? NO! (more…)
Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer have signed free agent Anita Asante. The English international was a member of the Sky Blue FC 2009 championship team where she played in 16 games as a central defender for the New Jersey club. The fan favorite was one of the key anchors of the 2009 Sky Blue defense.
Asante, 25, played for Washington, Chicago, and Saint Louis last season, ending the year with the Freedom. She was traded from Chicago to the Freedom on Aug. 5, 2010, and then started in five of six games for Washington. Asante played all 120 minutes of Washington’s playoff game against Philadelphia.
Sky Blue has had a busy offseason, having already signed midfielders Carolyn Blank and Allie Long. Long played last year for the Washington Freedom and is now reunited with former Freedom coach and current Sky Blue FC Head Coach Jim Gabarra.