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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 ...

Did Japan just out-US the US?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

By Laura Pappano In case we thought that dig-deeper, push-harder, find-another-gear quality was American-made, we just discovered a made-in-Japan version every bit as awe-inspiring as the one we’ve seen from Team USA throughout this tournament. It hurts to lose in PK’s, but give the Japanese team it’s due. I know Abby wanted ...

Go Long: Four Summer Sport Thoughts (with takeaway)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Often in the blur of sports headlines – one breathless item launched into circulation after another – we don’t get a chance to reflect. Sport, after all, tells us about ourselves, individually and collectively. Here’s thinking about four recent items: SERENA on SI: The buzz around Jon Wertheim’s cover ...

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 ...

WPS Year 2! League rep talks financial stability, physical play (plus how to get that Marta jersey)

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1225" align="aligncenter" width="597" caption="LA Sol's Allison Faulk (3) celebrates with Shannon Boxx (7) and Brittany Bock (11) over Washington Freedom's Cat Whitehill (4) and Alex Singer (21) after scoring a goal against the Washington Freedom's Briana Scurry at the WPS season opening game at the Home Depot Center, Sunday, ...

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 ...