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Saturday, April 10, 2010

WPS Kick-Off Week 2010 Opens in Washington by Rob Penner

WPS Kick-Off Week 2010
WPS Second Season Begins
WPS Kick-Off Week 2010 Opens in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2010) - Following a six month off-season and one month of preseason, Women's Professional Soccer kicks-off its second season Saturday with the opening game of the 2010 WPS Season between the Washington Freedom and the Boston Breakers at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland at 7 pm ET.

Abby Wambach, Yael Averbuch
Abby Wambach and Yael Averbuch.

The first Fox Soccer Channel television broadcast of the WPS Season begins at 6pm ET/3pm PT on Sunday, April 11 as WPS Champions Sky Blue FC face off against the Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. The game serves as the home debut for 2008 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, who played collegiately at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers, and was with Chicago during the 2009 season.

United States v Mexico
Carli Lloyd in action with the US Women's National Team.

Below are media highlights heading into WPS Kick-Off Week 2010.

WPS Kick-Off Week 2010 Newsstand

WPS Newspaper Previews

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Atlanta Beat)
http://www.ajc.com/sports/beat-make-wps-debut-450423.html?cxtype=rss_news_128746

Boston Globe (Boston Breakers)
http://www.boston.com/sports/soccer/articles/2010/04/10/time_cant_tarnish_lilly/

Boston Herald (Boston Breakers)
http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/soccer/general/view/20100409lauren_cheney_breakers_afoot_wps_season_kicks_in/srvc=home&position=recent

Chicago Daily Herald (Chicago Red Stars)
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=371809&src=1255

Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia Independence)
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20100409_Independence_looking_for_chemistry_in_debut_vs__Atlanta_Beat.html

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Independence)
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/90451439.html
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/90451344.html

San Jose Mercury News (FC Gold Pride)
http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_14856772?nclick_check=1

Star-Ledger (Sky Blue FC)
http://www.nj.com/soccer-news/index.ssf/2010/04/post_1.html


St. Louis Post Dispatch (Saint Louis Athletica)
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/yb/143530144

Washington Post (Washington Freedom)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/09/AR2010040904731.html


Washington Examiner
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/Freedom-enter-year-two-in-better-shape-90317227.html


Wall Street Journal
A Pro League Fit for an Ochocinco
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303411604575168690335258162.html


About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)

Headquartered in San Francisco, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the world’s premier soccer league for women with eight teams across the United States featuring the best players from around the world. WPS completed its inaugural season in August 2009 as Sky Blue FC of New Jersey became the first-ever WPS Champions. In 2010, eight teams will each play 24-game schedules from April 10-September 12 including six original WPS teams – Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) and Washington Freedom – and two expansion teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. The top four finishers in the regular season will qualify for the 2010 WPS Playoffs scheduled for September 19-26. For more information, visit the WPS official website at www.womensprosoccer.com or follow all the news at www.twitter.com/womensprosoccer.

About the Author

Rob Penner is the Director of Communications for Women's Professional Soccer.


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