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December 7, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
FOR THE SECOND time since the turn of the century, women's professional soccer in America is in danger of becoming obsolete. Women's Professional Soccer, currently the top league in the United States, has fallen to just five bona fide franchises. As a result, the U.S. Soccer Federation, America's governing body for club soccer, was in deliberation with WPS commissioner Jennifer O'Sullivan from its offices in Chicago yesterday, deciding whether it's best to just pull the plug. Before the start of the 2011 season, the USSF granted WPS a 1-year waiver to increase its club count to eight teams, the minimum for a USSF-sanctioned entity to be granted what's referred to as Division I (top-tier)
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August 29, 2011 | BY FRANK BERTUCCI, bertucf@phillynews.com
LIKE THE women's World Cup final a month earlier, the Independence's battle with the Western New York Flash for the WPS championship came down to a shootout after a 1-1 tie in 120 minutes. And when Flash goalkeepr Ashlyn Harris made a diving stop of a shot by the Indy's Laura del Rio on the 10th penalty kick attempt, Western New York sent the Independence home with their second straight loss in the WPS championship game, a 5-4 PK victory Saturday at Rochester, N.Y. Amy Rodriguez had tied the score at 1-1 for the Indpendence in the game's 88th minute, after Christine Sinclair had given the Flash a 1-0 lead in the 64th.
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August 27, 2011 | By Kevin Oklobzija, FOR THE INQUIRER
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Another chance at Women's Professional Soccer glory, that's all the Independence wanted. They got their chance. They ended up with more disappointment. Behind the marksmanship of their World Cup shooters and with one big save from goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, the Western New York Flash defeated the Independence on penalty kicks, 5-4, after battling to a 1-1 tie in the WPS championship game on Saturday. The game required 90 minutes of regulation play, 30 minutes of overtime and then the minimum five rounds of penalty kicks to determine a winner.
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August 20, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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December 14, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
SUSTAINIBLE. Viable. Progressive expansion. All things the U.S. Soccer Federation was promised in a restructured business and marketing plan set forth by Women's Professional Soccer. These provisions resulted in the five-team league's being granted another year of top-flight status after weeklong discussions in Chicago. Last night, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the federation is satisfied with the business plan and hopes it will help expand the 3-year-old outfit into different markets over the next few years.
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January 14, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Independence coach Paul Riley got the two players he wanted most Friday in the Women's Professional Soccer draft. Then he went and got a few more. In all, the Independence selected six players during the four-round process, more than any other team in the league. The Independence's marquee selection was their first-rounder and fifth pick overall, Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen. The three-time Horizon League player of the year scored 93 goals in her four-year career, including 26 as a senior.
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September 17, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Riley of the Independence was named Women's Professional Soccer coach of the year on Thursday, but he would trade that award for an extended postseason run. The Independence (10-10-4) finished as the No. 3 seed and will host the No. 4 Washington Freedom (8-9-7) in Sunday's opening round playoff game at 2:30 p.m. at West Chester University. The winner will face the No. 2-seeded Boston Breakers away on Thursday, with the winner of that game visiting top-seeded FC Gold Pride of Northern California in the Sept.
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September 24, 2010 | Daily News staff and wire reports
BOSTON - Danesha Adams scored an extra-period goal to lead the Independence to a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers in a Women's Professional Soccer super semifinal at Harvard Stadium last night. Adams' second goal of the season came on an assist from Tina DiMartino. The Independence will play FC Gold Pride for the league championship on Sunday at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, Calif. (Comcast Network, 2:30 p.m.) Boston opened the scoring on a goal by Lauren Cheney in the game's 22nd minute.
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July 27, 2011 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Midfielder Vero Boquete scored in the 83d minute to give the Independence a 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers in a Women's Professional Soccer game at Harvard Stadium on Wednesday night. Boquete placed her shot into the upper right corner from inside the 18 off an assist from Laura Del Rio. With the win, the Independence go to 9-3-3 and take sole possession of first place. Boquete came close to scoring with a shot just outside the 6-yard line in the third minute, but Boston keeper Alyssa Naeher made the save.
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November 1, 2013 | JONATHAN TAKIFF, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
SLOW-LOADING Web pages. Email freeze-ups. Stuttering music and video streams. These are signs your tablet, smartphone or game system is struggling, at the "fringe" of your home modem/router's Wi-Fi radio range. And in dire need of a Wi-Fi-signal extender. Worst laid plans: In theory, for best signal propagation, that Internet modem/router should have been centrally installed on an upper floor. But lazy installers never challenge when you suggest setting up the thing in a basement home office.
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March 29, 2013
WOULDN'T it be great to have Wi-Fi wireless Internet connectivity everywhere for our gadgets? Someday maybe we will - if big guns like Google and Comcast and forward-thinking municipalities ever decide to build hot spots to totally blanket the town. But at the moment, we can make do with freedom-breeding, Wi-Fi signal-spreading devices such as the D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender and Novatel's aptly named MiFi Liberate mobile hot spot.   Plug 'n' Play Designed for home use, the tiny D-Link plug-in booster does a pretty decent job of extending the signal range of your current wireless router, which improves the speed and stability of signal reception at "fringe" zones far removed from the wireless router.
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May 19, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
PRINCETON - The Independence missed out on a Women's Professional Soccer championship in 2011 by the narrowest margin possible - a penalty shootout loss in the title game. It turns out that was as close as the franchise will ever come. WPS announced Friday that it has fully shut down, dashing any lingering hopes held by fans of a rebound for the league after the London Olympics. The news came by way of an e-mail news release and a post on the league's Facebook page.
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January 31, 2012
Women's Professional Soccer announced Monday that it has suspended the 2012 season due to "legal issues" and an "ongoing dispute" with a former owner. WPS was formed in 2009 following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The Independence, owned by David Halstead and coached by Paul Riley, last season lost in the WPS championship game for the second straight year. "This is what responsible business enterprises do, and it's what the WPS and Philadelphia Independence are going to do," Halstead said in a statement.
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January 14, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Independence coach Paul Riley got the two players he wanted most Friday in the Women's Professional Soccer draft. Then he went and got a few more. In all, the Independence selected six players during the four-round process, more than any other team in the league. The Independence's marquee selection was their first-rounder and fifth pick overall, Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen. The three-time Horizon League player of the year scored 93 goals in her four-year career, including 26 as a senior.
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January 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Women's Professional Soccer was granted sanctioning for 2012 by the U.S. Soccer Federation last month, it seemed like the league had escaped the worst storm of another tumultuous offseason. But as WPS convenes for its annual draft Friday, the league might not be on safe ground. On Monday, a Florida judge ruled that controversial former magicJack SC owner Dan Borislow was denied due process when the league terminated his Boca Raton, Fla.-based franchise after the 2011 season.
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January 6, 2012 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Paul Riley said Thursday that the Independence would give high priority to finding another forward when Women's Professional Soccer holds its draft in Kansas City next Friday. "Another forward from the first or second round is at the top of our agenda," said Riley, who has coached the Independence to the WPS final in their first two seasons. "We're also interested in another goalkeeper and another midfielder. " Riley made the team's draft plans known at a news conference one day after the team announced that it had re-signed forward Natasha Kai, a fan favorite.
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December 14, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
SUSTAINIBLE. Viable. Progressive expansion. All things the U.S. Soccer Federation was promised in a restructured business and marketing plan set forth by Women's Professional Soccer. These provisions resulted in the five-team league's being granted another year of top-flight status after weeklong discussions in Chicago. Last night, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the federation is satisfied with the business plan and hopes it will help expand the 3-year-old outfit into different markets over the next few years.
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December 13, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
WHILE MUCH of the speculation about the Union's next homegrown player has centered on teen forward Christian Hernandez, a Major League Soccer source confirmed yesterday's announcement from the Union that it has selected midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin as its next young star. First reported by the Daily News via Philly.com yesterday, the Union signed McLaughlin, 18, as its second homegrown player; Upper Dublin's Zach Pfeffer was announced last December. McLaughlin, who attended Great Valley High in Malvern, played this year at Colgate, where he was the only freshman to start every game and was named Patriot League rookie of the year.
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December 8, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
THE POWERS that be within the U.S. Soccer Federation have not decided to pull the plug just yet on Women's Professional Soccer. That could mean a positive step in what has been an otherwise stressful week. The WPS, the premier outfit for women's soccer in America, is in danger of losing its Division I professional status or even folding after its annual report showed the league has dwindled from six teams to five. That number is well below the minimum of eight to be granted what the USSF calls Division I status.
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