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NWSL seems to be learning from predecessors

Friday, January 18th, 2013

By Laura Pappano It’s draft day for the National Women’s Soccer League. Don’t bother turning on your TV or tuning into sports radio.  Don’t expect NFL-style high drama. Thanks to the rise of cheap media, though, you can catch it on Twitter and Facebook (NWSL doesn’t have its own website). Sure, there is ...

WPS suspension: Is this WUSA redux?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

By Laura Pappano On the heels of a compelling World Cup and on the eve of the 2012 Olympics, Women’s Professional Soccer announced today that they are suspending the 2012 season – with plans (maybe hopes?) to return to play in 2013. The news, for those who recall the end of WUSA ...

Friends again? After World Cup, your rival is your WPS teammate

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By Megan Wood Nearly two weeks after an intense World Cup tournament and a riveting US-Japan final that captured international attention, Women’s Professional Soccer has settled back into its season. On Wednesday, the Boston Breakers and the Philadelphia Independence met at Harvard Stadium for a league match in front of over 3,000 ...

Lilly Retirement Feels Right; Former Teammate Hucles Shares

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Somehow, when Kristine Lilly announced her retirement from soccer last week, it felt real -- and appropriate, both a rarity these days among professional athletes trying to figure out if it's time to retire (or not). Why is that? Perhaps because she didn't do it impulsively, but took several months ...

Retired soccer power Angela Hucles talks post-play life — work, volunteering & pulling for US National Team (as a fan)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

By Megan Wood Angela Hucles, who retired just over a year ago, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers powerhouse who played with the team during both the WUSA and WPS eras. Hucles, a Virginia Beach native, was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Soccer ...

At WPS playoff time, goalkeeping counts: what to know (and notice)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher makes a save during practice as coach Tony DiCicco looks on"][/caption] By Laura Pappano In a sport in which 90 minutes of intense play can yield a 0-0 score (say, last Saturday between the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC), goalkeeping matters -- ...

Who is a real fan? Try little girls with wash-off tattoos (and player stats at the ready)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Lindsay Rico The game was over. Tied. But the excitement was just beginning. About 100 fans (and parents) leaned over steel barriers holding out soccer balls, jerseys, t-shirts—anything that would take ink —eager for the Boston Breakers and Philadelphia Independence players to plant their sharpies. Leslie Osborne, Breakers co-captain, remembers being ...

Kristine Lilly (oldest and fittest on team) talks age, physical play, and practicing smart

Friday, April 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1251" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Boston Breakers Co-Captain Kristine Lilly with teammates after practice on the Harvard fields."][/caption] By Lindsay Rico Soccer is -- if you look at the rosters of Women's Professional Soccer -- a sport played by 20-somethings. When #13 Kristine Lilly takes the field for the Boston Breakers' home opener ...

What Women’s Professional Soccer Can Learn from NASCAR: Love The Fans You’ve Got

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Let’s get over the woe-is-us tone that shrouds women’s professional soccer. Yesterday’s NY Times story captured the uncertainty league bigwigs feel around the (admittedly) very challenging task of filling soccer stadiums, and getting enough sponsor and ad dollars to give WPS staying power – and in a recession. What’s ...