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Yet another season is in the books for the WPS. And as expected in any truly great novel, movie, or sporting event, the ending was more than you could have hoped for. The top two teams of the regular season battled it out through regular time and then OT before the Flash gained the advantage in penalty kicks. The WPS Championship match gave us a game that will keep us talking for years to come.

This week’s chat will discuss the championship game, the third season of the WPS, and the top news to start the off-season.

Q1: The Flash vs. The Independence: The Championship

  • Thoughts on the Independence’s play. When will they get their championship?
  • Thoughts on the Flash’s play. Could they repeat next year?
  • In your opinion who is the player of the match and why?

Q2: WPS Season 3

  • What did you like about this season?
  • What could be improved upon?

Q3: The Off-Season

  • What are the top five moves the league should accomplish in the off-season to make it a success?
  • What do you think the future holds for the league?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

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The final stage is set at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester for the WPS Championship game. The matchup of the two teams that battled it out for #1 in the regular season will do it once again for the ultimate hardware. The regular season champs Western New York Flash will look to prove that they are undoubtedly the best team of the WPS in 2011 and the Philadelphia Independence will look to show that once again they can beat the best. How will this season’s story end for each of these teams?

This week’s chat will discuss the possible ends for the Flash and Independence this season and look at the prior playoff games of the week.

Q1: magicJack vs. The Breakers: The First Round

  • The story of two halves
  • Did the wheels come off for the Breakers in the second half?
  • Abby Mania continues to Press the Breakers: Why does magicJack continue to own the Breakers?

Q2: The Independence vs. magicJack: The Super Semifinal

  • Crossbars and goal posts: Unlucky or lack of concentration?
  • Why did the magic run out for magicJack?
  • Vero, Vero, Vero…do the Independence go as Vero goes?
  • Abby vs. Paul: How much of an impact did coaching have on the game?

Q3: The Flash vs. The Independence: The Championship Preview

  • What players will be instrumental for their team?
  • Should there be changes in the teams starting line-ups?
  • What impact will each team’s bench provide for them?
  • Star power versus a team, who will win out?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The WPS has its third regular season in the bag. It’s playoff time, where you win or you go home, when the women are separated from the girls.

This week’s chat will take an in-depth look at the teams in the playoffs and their championship aspirations.

Q1: The Breakers: The Last Team In

  • What players will be instrumental in the team’s post season run?
  • Where will the team need to excel in order to make a deep run?
  • What impact will the coach have on the team’s run?

Q2: magicJack: The Show

  • What players will be instrumental in the team’s post season run?
  • Where will the team need to excel in order to make a deep run?
  • What impact will the coach have on the team’s run?

Q3: The Independence: The Runner-Up

  • What players will be instrumental in the team’s post season run?
  • Where will the team need to excel in order to make a deep run?
  • What impact will the coach have on the team’s run?

Q4: The Flash: The Regular Season Champs

  • What players will be instrumental in the team’s post season run?
  • Where will the team need to excel in order to make a deep run?
  • What impact will the coach have on the team’s run?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

If you were at the Breakers vs. magicJack game last week, you wouldn’t have known that the Breakers were playing at home. The second best attendance ever for a Breakers home game, and the crowd was full of energy. But rather than cheering for the home team, the majority of hoots and hollers were for the visitors and more pointedly for one player – Abby Wambach. This may only be described as “Abby Mania” and it’s taken the country by storm. Remember the “Marta Affect” from the first season? You haven’t seen anything yet.

This week’s chat will look at this phenomenon and its impact on the WPS.

Q1: What are the benefits or disadvantages of having the attention on a player versus a team or the league?

Q2: How has “Abby Mania” caught on?

Q3: What are the additional pressures put on her because of the sudden explosion of “Abby Mania”?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The latest issue of Our Game chronicles the story of Sydney Leroux, a young player who finally finds her way to the top. Not only is she currently playing at UCLA, Leroux is likely to be a top pick in this year’s WPS draft.

During the WWC, we saw younger talent like Alex Morgan and Lauren Cheney step up and make critical contributions to the USWNT run for the cup. Younger players can bring a lot to their teams with speed and skill. But they might not have the same levels of maturity that more experienced players bring to the game. In this week’s chat, we’ll explore this dynamic and how it affects the WPS.

Q1: What assets do younger players bring to their teams?

Q2: How can coaches integrate their younger players with seasoned veterans?

Q3: Which young players in the WPS do you see making critical contributions to their teams?

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