- The pair of W-League finalists has been determined. On Friday night the Atlanta Silverbacks defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1. Tiffany Weimer scored an equalizer before the Silverbacks scored two unanswered goals. In the other match the Ottawa Fury sneaked past the Seattle Sounders 2-3. W-League MVP Mallory Outerbridge scored a brace in that match. The final between the Atlanta Silverbacks and Ottawa Fury will be held on Sunday at
- The WPSL semifinals are also set to kick off today. Defending champions Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves will take on the Orange County Waves at 1pm before the Chicago Red Stars meet the Tampa bay Hellenic at 3pm. The winner of both games will play for the 2011 WPSL Championship on Sunday, July 31st at 1pm. The Chicago Red Stars will be hosting the 2011 WPSL National Championship weekend on their home turf (Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex) in Lisle, Ill. Fortunately the matches can be viewed via webcast. The 2011 WPSL National Championship webcasts will be accessible at www.ChicagoRedStars.com and www.WPSL.info.
- In tonight’s WPS action, Sky Blue FC will have the chance to maintain possession of third place against the WNY Flash. A win for the Flash would bring them level with Philadelphia in first place.
- Tomorrow’s matches will see magicJack attempt to regain some form against the Boston Breakers. Both sides are currently on 16 points. And on FSC, the first place Philadelphia Independence will look to extend their league against the Atlanta Beat.
- On Thursday the Philadelphia Independence announced that the team is “likely” to host their WPS playoff game at PPL Park.
- On Wednesday ESPN’s Jacqueline Purdy wrote about the post-WWC bounce that’s currently being experienced in WPS.
- Here’s some video and (most notably) some coverage of magicJack’s midweek match on NBC Miami.
- Beau Dure’s piece on espnW regarding the options pro women’s soccer has going forward is a must read.
- Today is Hope Solo’s 30th birthday and The Huffington Post is running a piece on why Solo is capitalizing on the newfound media attention and vice versa.
- Heather O’Reilly visited the site of Ground Zero late last week.
- The Mia Hamm Foundation is staging the fourth edition of the Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday in southeastern D.C. In addition to celebrities like Pep Guardiola and Kobe Bryant, USWNT players Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath will also be participating in the 7-a-side match. The event will help raise funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants. Read more about the match here.
- On Thursday Spain defeated Iceland 4-0 to advance to the final of the 2011 UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship. Alexia Putellas netted a brace. In the other semifinal, France bested Germany in penalty kicks. The final will be held tomorrow.
- Two members of the Football Ferns have landed pro contracts in the Frauen-Bundesliga. Striker Amber Hearn will be part of new coach Martina-Voss Tecklenburg’s project at USV Jena. 21-year-old Ria Percival has also signed a deal with FFC Frankfurt.
- The first annual Soccer for the Cure will be a 24-hour nonstop soccer game to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. This year Jonathan Stein lost his mom to breast cancer and created the event to help honor her memory. The event needs players for 2 hour time blocks beginning on August 5th at 6:00PM (Players must be 14 years and older). Time slots can be selected on a first come first serve basis. It will be held at Joseph Sims Elementary School in Elk Grove, CA. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- And lastly, a video that woud do Cali Swag District and Abby Wambach proud.
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A surprise weekend vacation has pushed the final post of the WWC MVP list to Monday. Either that or this is just me regretting putting Lauren Cheney at #25.