We've got a new team

Discussion in 'NWSL' started by Sevin, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. Sevin

    Sevin Member

    May 24, 2001
  2. FearM9

    FearM9 New Member

    Jul 14, 2000
    On my bike
    Cool! It'll be interesting to see if fans of the team formerly known as the Atlanta Beat will support this new team IN PERSON or if they fall off the women's soccer league bandwagon that was hip from 2001 - 2003. Also I wonder if any former Beat players will play on this team.
  3. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
    how is this different from the WUSA? is the WUSA coming back? will the stars like Cindy Parlow be playing in this league?
  4. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Sporting Kansas City
    First Question:
    WUSA - fully professional. Players earning a living playing soccer. Median age around 25.

    W-League - fully amateur. College age players playing in a structured summer environment that doesn't risk their college eligibility. There are NCAA mandated requirements to the number of "over-age" players. Unlike the pre-WUSA W-League, there are no players in the W-League receiving payments for playing.

    Second Question:
    As a viable soccer league? Probably not. As a series of poorly run, poorly attended "festivals", maybe, maybe not. At this point, I'm guessing that the continued existence of the "WUSA brand" is only preventing a possible new professional league from starting. The WUSA as we knew it is forever gone. While future teams of similar names may exist, they will be successors in name only.

    Third Question:
    Unless Parlow lives in Atlanta and is willing to play for free, no. Some national team members are on the rosters of various W-League and WPSL (a similar west-coast league under different ownership www.wpsl.info ), but few actually played more than a handful of games. The W-League and WPSL are designed for college players to continue playing in the summer.
  5. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
  6. melbrown

    melbrown New Member

    Aug 27, 2001
  7. dbanzai

    dbanzai New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Hampton Roads Pirhanas seem to still be holding on to some former WUSA players. They signed Australian Kelly Golebiowski a couple of months ago. They have a number of players listed on their roster page with WUSA experience, but it looks out-of date.

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