Women’s professional soccer in the United States is once again on its last legs.
The Women’s Professional Soccer league will return for the 2011 season, but only with teams from Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, and Western New York. The FC Gold Pride – the 2010 champions – will be disbanded and the Chicago Red Stars have until December 15 to secure funding. The Los Angeles Sol and St. Louis Athletica folded in ’10.
Commissioner Tonya Antonucci stepped down after the 2010 season and management will fall to team representatives.
It’s a sad day for women’s soccer in the United States, as this news is the latest proof that the sport can’t find support or the advertising dollars that come along with fans. Hopefully the league can continue to survive, but that’s looking increasingly doubtful.
A couple tweets sum up the situation best:
From This Is American Soccer: “can’t be a good thing when as a league you send out PR emails confirming which teams will exist for next season.”
From AOL Fanhouse’s Brian Strauss: “Womens Soc comes full circle. 99 World Cup was supposed to b Eastern affair. Then they got ambitious. Now realistic–WPS to keep it regional”
The releases after the jump.