By David Bayer
It was old home week as Philly (our old hometown) came to Atlanta with two former Beat players, Kia McNeill and Leigh Ann Robinson, both favorites of ours. Our interview was scheduled with Leigh Ann, so we waited … and waited … and waited some more. But we did so patiently because she was busy talking to the many fans who wanted to see her; some even had signs for her. When I think of Leigh Ann, two main things come to mind: the funny way she holds her hands when she has the ball, and the fact that after every game – win or lose – she always made her way to both sides of the stadium to greet the fans. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is set to launch its third season, and today, all six teams unveiled their final rosters. The 2011 season begins Saturday, April 9, at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia as the Boston Breakers take on the host Atlanta Beat. Sky Blue FC faces the Philadelphia Independence on Sunday, April 9. Here are the 2011 rosters … (more…)
Caroline Seger is settling into life in the United States in more ways than one. The 26-year-old Swedish international and midfielder for the Swedish women’s national team recently landed in Rochester, New York, preparing for her upcoming Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season with the expansion Western New York Flash. She’s also close to becoming a U.S. resident. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) preseason is in full swing, and on Monday, teams made a number of roster moves. On a day that was supposed to cut rosters down to 28, some teams added players from their initial preseason rosters that were announced back on March 1. In other WPS news, magicJack made its preseason debut Tuesday, and Sky Blue FC landed in Turkey for the Alanya Women’s Tournament of Champions. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the 2011 playoff format this week. Four teams will qualify for the postseason, which uses a tiered-format with the two top teams earning byes. The top team in the WPS regular season will receive the No. 1 seed and an automatic berth into the final and will host the 2011 WPS Championship. The championship game will take place Saturday, Aug. 27. In other WPS news this week, the Boston Breakers announced that they will retire Kristine Lilly’s number 13 at a halftime ceremony of the May 22nd game against the Philadelphia Independence. (more…)
Alex Scott of the Boston Breakers, Keeley Dowling of the Atlanta Beat, Tasha Kai of the Philadelphia Independence, Karina Leblanc, Allie Long of Sky Blue FC, Nikki Marshall of the MagicTalk SC/Washington Freedom, Leslie Osborne of the Boston Breakers, and Becky Edwards of the Western New York Flash during the PUMA 2011 Women’s Soccer Launch in New York, NY, on February 03, 2011.
The 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) jerseys were unveiled Thursday night in New York City by PUMA. A number of players from around the league showed off the new home and away kits as well as the new Project Pink jersey. (more…)
The Philadelphia Independence had the most selections in the 2011 WPS Draft (7), and they made the most of it, coming away with a few steals, including getting Penn State/Wake Forest midfielder Bianca D’Agostino at No. 15. “I didn’t know what to expect, and I started to get a little nervous because the draft was coming to the end,” D’Agostino told Our Game Magazine. “I’m so excited about Philly. I’ve never been, and Philly has been one of the teams in the league that I would have loved to go to. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Philly, and I’m really happy that I have the opportunity to go there.”
Another busy day around Women’s Professional Soccer as the Atlanta Beat signed former Washington Freedom and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Cat Whitehill, the WNY Flash signed former Sky Blue FC and USWNT midfielder Yael Averbuch, and the Boston Breakers re-signed Stephanie Cox. Also, WNY Flash Head Coach Aaren Lines talks to Our Game Magazine about one of his newest players, Caroline Seger. (more…)
Sara Larsson and Mary Björg Agustdottir signed recently with KIF Örebro of Damallsvenskan in Sweden. KIF Örebro Coach Nisse Jansson talks about the team’s newest players. (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.