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It is hard to believe that the 2012  draft is less than a month away. Just last week, the WPS site released a list of top picks for the 2012 WPS Draft  in run up to January’s events. And this gives us an opportunity to look at how these new players can affect the league.

As the 2011 season played out, many WPS teams became aware of their deficiencies and one of the key ways to address them is in the draft. In years past, WPS draft picks have made big impacts for their teams, in the league, and in the world of soccer. 2010 WPS rookie of the year Ali Riley was the right fit for FC Gold pride, helping them win a championship. 2011 Rookie of the year Christen Press was a top 5 leader in the league for scoring. Overall #1 picks Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan have been stellar in international play, helping the USWNT to be one of the best in the world. The draft has proved that women’s college soccer programs develop quality players that are WPS ready.

The chat wants to know where you thought teams needed to improve from the 2011 season, which college players you think will stand above the rest, and who has the ability to come out strong in their WPS debut to bring balance and improve team performance.

Q1: The 2011 Season

  • The Beat: where do the need to improve most from the 2011 season?
  • The Breakers: where do the need to improve most from the 2011 season?
  • The Flash: where do the need to improve most from the 2011 season?
  • The Independence: where do the need to improve most from the 2011 season?
  • Sky Blue: where do the need to improve most from the 2011 season?

Q2: The Prospects

  • Which players have the talent to make a big impact on WPS in 2012?
  • What are your top 5 picks coming out of college?
  • Who do you think will be in the running for the 2012 WPS rookie of the year?

Q3: The Perfect Fit

  • Which college players fill the gap for your WPS team? Why?

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

Welcome to another special edition #WPSchat with our friends at Our Game Magazine.

Recent events have shone a light on the business side of sports– be it the WPS sanctioning or the NBA and NFL contract disputes. As I was reading the December issue of Our Game Magazine, I was reminded of the human side of this sport. The Letter from the Editor set this tone for me where Editor-in-Chief Tiffany Weimer talks about how her life has changed thanks to soccer. Throughout the issue, I kept seeing this theme from The Ali Krieger Story which chronicles one player’s inspirational story to Officially Famous that spotlights the best women referee tandem. These talented people may not have the chance to shine if not for the opportunities offered them by top leagues like WPS.

All too often, business takes the center stage in sports. In business, many times economics out-weighs social responsibility and humanity. In WPS, I’d go as far as to say the reverse is the case– whether we realize it or not. Should WPS fail, the impact will be more than one more failed business venture. There are real consequences in terms of the jobs of players, referees, front office staff, and coaches, not to mention the dreams of American youth, the progress of current players and the sport itself.

We here at Pitch Side View suggest you check out these articles and others in the current issue of Our Game Magazine.

Q1: The Human Side

  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for players?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for referees?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for coaches?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for soccer programs, organizations, and camps?

Q2: The Progress

  • What loss in the gender equality of soccer and sports will be seen?
  • What loss in the progress and development of women’s soccer will be seen?
  • Will it be a step back or road block for the dreams and aspirations of soccer folks? Why?

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