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December 20, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 9, 2002 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 17, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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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)
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September 19, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 16, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 15, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 11, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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April 15, 2001 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 11, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 14, 2009 | By Pat Maguire INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reach into your closet and dust off that old Charge jersey. The poster player is back. The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer acquired Heather Mitts yesterday in a signing that returns the defender to the city where she started her WUSA career - as a member of the now-defunct Charge from 2001 to 2003. "It's where I began my professional career and most likely where I will end it," Mitts said in a statement. "I've been impressed with the organization and its plans for the team.
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May 28, 2008 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Philadelphia soccer enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Major League Soccer franchise in Chester may receive a bonus. Plans are in motion to bring a women's team to the area. Women's Professional Soccer, a league slated to begin play in the spring of 2009, announced yesterday its plans to tack on Philadelphia as an expansion franchise for 2010. "Since signing on the dotted line with our initial seven investors, we've had our sights set on adding an eighth team to the league," said WPS commissioner Tonya Antonucci.
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January 19, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Women's soccer, riding the crest of the World Cup victory by the United States in 1999, introduced a professional league in this country less than two years later amid high hopes, but as it turned out even higher debt. The Women's United Soccer Association was formed in 2001 with much optimism that quickly turned into a glob of red ink, with losses during the three years estimated in the $90 million range. The league suspended operations in September 2003, and since then, various factions have looked into the feasibility of reviving women's professional soccer in the United States.
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May 14, 2005 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just a few years ago, Aimee Bresani was a ball girl for the Philadelphia Charge. She pictured herself playing in the Women's United Soccer Association in a few more years. But like many young Philadelphia-area soccer fans, Bresani was left with a void to fill when the WUSA collapsed and the Charge ceased to exist after the 2003 season. Bresani, who played at Bishop Eustace High in South Jersey, is now part of team representing women's soccer in the area. The Philadelphia Pirates embark on their inaugural season in the Women's Premier Soccer League tonight on the road against the New England Mutiny, the Eastern Division champions.
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April 12, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Pirates hope they can reestablish women's soccer in the area. The Pirates, an expansion entry in the 20-team Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), a high-level amateur league, were introduced yesterday at a news conference at the Downtown Club. The team, made up mainly of high school seniors and college players, will play its home games at Swarthmore College. David Jones is the team owner and coach. Philadelphia has been without women's soccer since the Charge disbanded - along with the Women's United Soccer Association - after the 2003 season.
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November 6, 2004 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Only one soccer player from Pennsylvania has ever stood on a podium and received an Olympic gold medal. "That's probably the happiest I have ever been in my entire life," Kristin Luckenbill said yesterday of the U.S. women's soccer team's achievement in Athens. "A lot of people cry on the podium. I think for our team, everybody was just too happy to cry. Everybody was smiling and screaming out the national anthem. I just could not stop smiling for a week. " Luckenbill, who grew up in Paoli, was the backup goalkeeper in Athens, and figures to be on the field for a half today when the U.S. women play Denmark at Lincoln Financial Field.
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August 19, 2004 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She was in denial. Living in Vail, Colo., and teaching ski racing, Kristin Luckenbill was certain her soccer career had not ended with the demise of the WUSA in September. She thought she would be in goal again, continuing a career that flourished at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, took her to Dartmouth, and earned her money with the Carolina Courage. One day in January, her optimism was rewarded with a brief e-mail invitation. Come train with the national team in California, it said.
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April 16, 2004 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Connecticut called a news conference for today amid speculation junior Emeka Okafor is set to enter the NBA draft. The All-America center who led the Huskies to the NCAA title is expected to announce at Gampel Pavilion he'll skip his final year of eligibility. Okafor will graduate with a degree in finance in May, a year ahead of schedule. He was present Wednesday when junior guard Ben Gordon announced that he was making himself available for the draft. In other college news: Freshman center David Padgett is transferring from Kansas at the end of the semester.
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February 24, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the previous three years, players in the Women's United Soccer Association would have been starting voluntary workouts about now. They would have been training hard, training together, and beginning the team-building process for the long season ahead. Not so this year. Less than a month after the 2003 season ended in August, the eight-team league, the first of its kind for female professional soccer players in the United States, folded. And although there has been talk of an abbreviated, one-month return in June - with the hope of a full schedule in 2005 - the future for professional women's soccer in the country remains hazy.
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February 17, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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