It includes signed items by USWNT players, past and present, so you know you want to check it out. There’s even a Hope Solo signed yellow jersey! Also, there are items from the NBA, WNBA, MLB, and more.
I like to think that I have a fairly realistic view of the state of women’s soccer in the U.S. I am fully aware that it is likely never going to be a huge money-maker, filling large stadiums and securing tons of corporate sponsors. I have, however, seen extra seating brought into Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester to accommodate more than 14,000 fans for a Western New York Flash game, with others unable to get tickets.
I have seen families gathered around the U.S. women’s national team training field in Scottsdale, Ariz., eagerly hoping to get an autograph. I’ve seen girls screaming as if they were at a Backstreet Boys concert for the chance to meet Abby Wambach or Alex Morgan. I’ve seen Hope Solo, on “Dancing With the Stars,” transcend her role as an athlete and become a celebrity. I’ve seen fans jumping up and down, almost at the point of tears, because I gave them my used, sweaty shinguards after the W.P.S. final this past season. These things tell me that there is hope, and a lot of it.
C’mon, US Soccer, don’t fail the WPS now. This is the time to build, repair, fix while the momentum is strong! Sign the petition if you haven’t already.
An interesting article on structural changes needed to save not just WPS, but to improve soccer nationwide.
It is inexplicable that Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) could potentially be the second women’s league to fail in ten years. I try to support women’s sports, but I find the WNBA nearly unwatchable, I think the LPGA and WTA are much better run sports. But at least the NBA has tried to support the WNBA. What they will not do, however, is require what needs to be required here: That every men’s team has a counterpart ladies’ team.
Think about it. The English Premier League has effectively such an arrangement. The Japanese J-League has the women’s L-League, which despite being effectively semi-professional has promotion and relegation. They have ten teams in the top tier, twelve teams in the second tier. Which nation won the last Women’s World Cup?
Now imagine if the United States Soccer Federation required that every Major League Soccer team (or all pro teams), in order to maintain sanctioning, MUST have a ladies’ team as well.
As far as I understand it, this is an effort to save WPS directed at Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow, who were both known to support the USWNT during the World Cup this summer… and who might have a little cash to spare? Not sure how many videos they are getting.
Just thought I’d post this here!
Fingers majorly crossed that things work out. I wish I had a million dollars.
she’s tweeting a lot about the petition and #savewps hashtag, in fact, she’s one of the few uswnt players actually getting the word out and using twitter. so despite her occasional field goals, Four for you Carli Lloyd!