Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, magicJack, Major League Soccer, Marta, U.S. National Women's Team, USL, W-League, Women's Premier Soccer League, Women's Professional Soccer, Women's United Soccer Association
Women’s Professional Soccer, home to such top U.S. internationals as Abby Wambach and Hope Solo and Brazilian star Marta, folded, four months after the league cancelled its 2012 season in hopes of returning in 2013.
League officials cited an ongoing battle with the owner of the Boca Raton-based club magicJack as the primary reason for the decision, but WPS also had been plagued by a lack of capital and low attendance (3,535 average in 2011). The league limped through its last season with six teams, all of them on the East Coast.
The demise of WPS leaves the U.S. with two second-division women’s circuits, the USL’s W-League, which has 30 teams, and the 67-team Women’s Premier Soccer League, which broke away from the W-League in 1997. [May 18]
Comment: To those who think they can succeed where the Women’s United Soccer Association (2001-2003, R.I.P.) and WPS failed, please don’t step forward unless and until you have the right formula and the financial muscle to weather years of struggle, a la Major League Soccer. (Note: Financial muscle means more than the $100 million the WUSA lost during its brief lifetime.)
These vain attempts only sully the sport of women’s soccer in the eyes of the general public and undermine what is one of American sports’ few ongoing feel-good stories, the U.S. National Women’s Team.