December 20, 2002 |
The Charge will begin their third Women's United Soccer Association season April 5 against the CyberRays in San Jose, Calif. Schedules for the eight WUSA teams were released yesterday. All will open their seasons on April 5. The Charge's home opener will be May 3, against the New York Power. For the third consecutive year, the team will play its home games at Villanova Stadium. Although each home game is scheduled for 7 p.m., the WUSA is working on a national television agreement that could affect the starting times.
April 9, 2002 |
The theme for Year 2 is growth. That means more fans, more TV viewers, more sponsors, and more interest in the Women's United Soccer Association. It also means better competition on the field. The WUSA, which begins its second season Saturday with four games, knows it must take a step forward or risk being labeled a novelty act. Last year, the eight-team league drew an average of 8,104 fans per game, which was 25 percent higher than what it had expected. This year, it wants to see that number go even higher.
February 17, 2004 |
The WUSA has started a ticket drive to help fund its planned return in 2005. The women's soccer league, which folded last September after three seasons, hopes to resume play with eight franchises in the spring of 2005. It will stage several soccer festivals in June. Yesterday in Washington, former commissioner Tony DiCicco announced the "Keep the WUSA Dream Alive" campaign in which fans can make pledges that will be applied to purchasing tickets for the '05 season. Those pledges can be used for season tickets or group sales or in other manners.
September 20, 2003
What a great time it is for women's pro sports in America, womens' soccer in particular. Mia Hamm, one of the greatest soccer players of all time - male or female - is the cover story in the latest Sports Illustrated. Today, the first game of the Women's World Cup - the contest Hamm and her teammates triumphed at in 1991 and 1999 - takes place at Lincoln Financial Field. It used to be women's professional teams had cutesy names like the Milwaukee Chicks (one of the teams in the old All-American Girls Professional Baseball League)
September 19, 2003 |
There won't be a WUSA next year, not the full women's professional soccer league that existed for the past three seasons. But might there be a WUSA barnstorming tour? Or a WUSA round-robin tournament? Those are the kinds of things WUSA players and some investors have been looking into since the league announced on Monday that it was suspending operations. "We have a small window to pursue it, maybe 30 to 45 days," said John Langel, an attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll and legal adviser to the WUSA players.
September 16, 2003 |
The Women's United Soccer Association, a league created off the buzz from the 1999 Women's World Cup, decided yesterday to cease operations after three seasons, just five days before the start of the next Women's World Cup. "We regret the timing of this," said John Hendricks, the league's founder and chairman, announcing the unanimous vote by the league's board of governors yesterday afternoon. "There just weren't enough funds to continue. " Most of the world's top players were in the WUSA, which included the Philadelphia Charge, a team that played its home games at Villanova University.
August 15, 2002 |
After finishing second and earning home-field advantage in the playoff semifinals, representatives of the Charge are contenders for individual WUSA awards. Six players, along with coach Mark Krikorian and general manager Tim Murphy, are finalists for postseason honors, the league announced yesterday. Three finalists were named in each category. Awards are voted on by the media, players and coaches/general managers. Winners will be announced next week. Forward Marinette Pichon is a finalist for most valuable player and offensive player of the year.
June 11, 2003 |
Charge defender Heather Mitts has been named to the 2003 WUSA all-star team as a reserve player for the American stars, the Charge announced yesterday. Mitts joined teammate Marinette Pichon as the only representatives from the Charge on either of the all-star teams. Pichon was named as a starter for the World team last week. The WUSA All-Star Game will take place on June 19 at the new soccer complex in Cary, N.C., and will feature the league's World stars against the American stars.
April 15, 2001 |
Until the late 1990s, the great soccer boom among American girls was a lot like Amelia Earhart's plane. Lots of people talked about it, but no one knew where to find it. Soccer officials insisted as many as 8 million girls played, but where was evidence of this popularity? Had anyone seen a women's game on TV? Or mentioned in the sports pages? No mall kiosks hawked Michelle Akers' jerseys. And Mia was just an acronym for "missing in action," which is what big-time soccer was for American girls.
July 11, 2002 |
The Charge will play in the first women's soccer match at the Rose Bowl since the U.S. national team beat China on penalty kicks to win the 1999 women's World Cup. The Charge and San Diego Spirit, two teams in the Women's United Soccer Association, will play a postseason exhibition match Sept. 14 in the first game of a male-female doubleheader in Pasadena, Calif. The Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, two Major League Soccer teams, will play in the nightcap. "This is a way to test the market," WUSA commissioner Tony DiCicco said.