Third time’s the charm for the new Women’s Professional Soccer League and as 2012 draws to a close, 2013 looms with the league kick off in April, but there’s much to be done before that can happen, as the chosen eight clamor to establish coaches, home fields, and for some – a team name.
Yesterday Portland dubbed their team “The Thorns”, spreading excitement to fans about the new developments in a creative video to unveil the name and crest- a wreath of thorns encompassing a red rose. Discussions regarding a venue and head coach are still up in the air, so it could be a while until player signings come to light.
Abby Wambach recently made Portland her home and Megan Rapinoe attended Portland University in her college hay day. Could this influence their participation in the new league? Portland fans will just have to be patient as team developments continue.
D.C. United made big moves Tuesday, choosing Maryland Soccerplex as their home field and refreshing their look with a name change to the “Washington Spirit”. Mike Jorden was also announced as the head coach, who led the United D.C Women’s League to an Eastern Conference title and a third place finish in the League Championships last year.
Rory Dames was announced as the head coach of the Chicago Red Stars this week and the team will play at Benedictine University Sports Complex, having already been a pre-existing league since 2011. Assistant coaches Stephanie Foster and Christian Lavers will join him.
Meanwhile, The Kansas City Blues chose to stick around their own back yard, announcing former Sporting Blue Valley Women’s team director Vlatko Andonovski as head coach and Huw Williams as assistant coach.
It’s smooth sailing for the Boston Breakers, as they settle in at Dilboy Stadium with established head coach Lisa Cole at the helm to lead the women’s pro team in 2013.
The Breakers made a good impression with a handful of representatives in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. players Lauren Cheney, Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Kelley O’Hara and Amy LePeilbet are just a few names to throw out there, so the Breakers have some outstanding ties that could foreshadow the future of the team.
The New York Flash has a similar decorative past as the Breakers, known for standouts Alex Morgan, Marta, and Christine Sinclair. They also have a pretty solid foundation with Sahlen Stadium as their home field and Aaron Lines as head coach.
There has been no news from New Jersey, and Seattle is in the same boat, but numerous plans are in the works for the future.
Seattle is known for the popular Sounders semi- pro women’s team, who had Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo train with them this past summer in preparation for the London Olympics.
Will Seattle reconnect with the stars on their Olympic training past and lure them to the west coast? And what does New Jersey have in store? Time will only tell. But first and foremost, these teams need a coach, home stadium and, oh yea, a name would be nice too.