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We’ve got a special guest lined up for you during this week’s chat. We’ll wait until Monday for “the big reveal” but here are some hints. Our special guest is a WPS veteran, a starter for her national team, and has played in a WPS championship game. Clearly, this is a chat worth joining!

For this special chat, we will deviate slightly for the normal format. We will ask each question on the topics below. If you have questions around those topics, jump in before we move onto the next one (we’ll give a warning a few minutes beforehand.)

This is just the beginning of some great things to come in the second season of the #WPSchat!

Q1: Race to 200.

  • What was the idea behind the campaign?
  • How many players were involved?
  • What did you like most about the campaign?
  • Was there any jawing (trash talking)?
  • Who won?

Q2: 2011 Women’s World Cup.

  • Are you excited about playing on the world’s biggest stage?
  • What are thoughts on opening up the tournament against power house Germany?
  • What are you most looking forward to doing in Germany?

Q3: WPS.

  • What has your experience in the WPS been like?
  • You will be playing for your third coach in three years. How much of an impact does a coach have on the team?
  • You went from being on a team that didn’t make the playoffs to a WPS championship team. What was that like?

A special shout out to @Ingridium who helped set up what is sure to be a memorable chat!

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

With winter and the holiday season approaching and being about half way through the WPS off-season, the #WPSChat over the next three weeks will take the fans barometer of the league. This week we will discuss year 2 of the league, the successes and the improvements. The following week we will look at the off-season and week three will look to the up-coming season. So get out your wish lists and measuring sticks because the fun is about to begin!

Q1: The Teams.

  • What did it mean for the league to have expansion in Philadelphia and Atlanta?
  • What did it mean to lose the L.A. Sol?
  • What did it mean to St. Louis?
  • How would you best describe the successes on the field for the teams?
  • How would you describe the off-field success for the teams?

Q2: The Season.

  • What are your thoughts on the ‘Defend your Turf’ campaign?
  • What was the success of the campaign?
  • Why did it stop in the middle of the season?
  • What are your thoughts on the TV schedule?

Q3: Fan Engagement.

  • What did you think of the fantasy league?
  • What do you think about the online fan communities (fan corner, twitter, facebook, etc…)?
  • What are your thoughts on the game webcasts?
  • What are your thoughts on the draft coverage?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

Pack your bags, #WPSChat Tweeps. With all the player movement in the WPS this week, we are going to board the #WPSChat express train and take a tour of the teams making moves. Stops will be made at Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, and Western New York. Last call, all a board!

Q1: The Atlanta Beat.

  • What do they lose with the trade of Angie Kerr, Eniola Aluko, and Tobin Heath?
  • What do they gain in the draft picks they received?
  • Grade this trade for the Beat?

Q2: The Boston Breakers.

  • What is gained with the signing of Kelly O’Hara?
  • What is gained with the signing of Nikki Washington?
  • Have the Breakers addressed all their off-season needs?
  • Grade these signings for the Breakers?

Q3: The New Jersey Sky Blue FC.

  • What is gained with the trade to get Angie Kerr, Eniola Aluko, and Tobin Heath?
  • What do they lose with the sending of draft picks to Atlanta?
  • What off seasons needs are addressed with this trade?
  • Grade this trade for Sky Blue FC?

Q4: The Western New York Flash.

  • What is gained with the signing of Ali Riley?
  • What is gained with the signing of Brittany Bock?
  • What is gained with the signing of Christine Sinclair?
  • What is gained with the signing of Kandace Wilson?
  • Grade these signings for the Flash?

Q5: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

A lot has happened in the enterprise of women’s soccer this past week, from world cup qualifying matches in Italy to developments in WPS league stateside. This week’s chat will cover this and more.

Q1: The USWNT.

  • What were the strengths and weaknesses in the first leg of the playoff with Italy?
  • What changes should the team make before the next match?
  • What/who should be promoting the national teams?
  • What can fans do to promote the national team?

Q2: WPS Franchises.

  • Which free agents from the folding of FC Gold Pride do you see as the most valuable?
  • What does it mean for the WPS being set to play a season with 6 possibly 7 teams?

Q3: Expansion.

  • What are your thoughts on NY’s first two player selections?
  • Is expansion in the western US inevitable? What about internationally?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

The end of the WPS 2011 season has (or will be at the time of this chat) officially concluded. This week’s questions will look at the championship game, the season that was, and the season to be. The chat will be thought heavy. Be prepared to go through the depths of your memory, and the archives of the WPS website to answer them.

Q1: A re-cap of the WPS Championship game: the Independence vs. FC Gold Pride.

  • What are your thoughts with the outcome?
  • What players were dominant in the game?
  • Overall how was the officiating of the game (were the teams allowed to play)?

Q2: A review of the WPS 2010 Season.

  • What were your likes and dislikes of the season?
  • What are your thoughts on the success of the league’s second season?
  • Did the teams and the players live up to their billing?

Q3: A preview of the WPS 2011 season.

  • What would you like to see from the league next season?
  • Is there further room for expansion next season?
  • What internationals do you see coming into the league for the 2011 season?
  • What players in the college ranks do you see as top draft picks?

Q4: What is your favorite play of the WPS playoffs?

Q5: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

To mark the first playoff edition of the chat this week’s questions are going to be all WPS playoff related and nothing else. We will be discussing the potential winners and losers of each match-up, how the teams in the playoffs match-up against one another, and ultimately who will win it all.

Q1: The WPS First Round playoff game will feature the Independence vs. the Freedom.

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match and why?
  • What do you see as the key match-ups for each team in the game?
  • Does the winner of this match have what it takes to win it all?

Q2: The WPS Super Semifinal will feature the Breakers vs. the winner of the WPS First Round?

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match and why?
  • What do you see as the key match-ups for each team in the game?
  • Do you see rookies having a major impact on the outcome of this game?
  • Does the winner of this match have what it takes to win it all?

Q3: The WPS Championship will feature the Pride vs. the winner of the WPS Super Semifinal?

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match?
  • What do you see as the key match-ups for each team in the game?
  • Do you see rookies having a major impact on the outcome of this game?

Q4: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q5: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

This past week, both the Boston Breakers and Washington Freedom lost opportunities to secure their playoff standing.  Now, take a look at this week’s games.  You’ll notice that every game has playoff implications. For this week’s chat, let’s look at the final three games in the regular season and discuss how the different outcome could affect a run for the championship.

Q1: Which team will benefit the most from winning this game: Breakers vs. Sky Blue?

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match?
  • How will the outcome impact the teams’ respective playoff hopes?

Q2: Which team will benefit the most from winning this game: Beat vs. Freedom?

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match?
  • How will the outcome impact the teams’ respective playoff hopes?

Q3: Which team will benefit the most from winning this game: Independence vs. Pride?

  • Which team has the best chance of winning the match?
  • How will the outcome impact the teams’ respective playoff hopes?

Q4: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q5: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

The 2010 WPS season is three-quarters of the way complete and much has changed in the standings so far. In that quarter since the half way point the Boston Breakers have jumped from the bottom of the standings to possibly being in 2nd place, that depends on the outcome of their game tonight versus the Philadelphia Independence.  The other team at the bottom the Beat, made a run and have closed the gap in points. The only team not to have had a change during this time is FC Gold Pride.

This week’s questions will focus on the last quarter of the season and the teams as they push to secure one of the three remaining playoff spots.

Q1: How do you see the last quarter of the season playing out?

  • What teams will shake the standings up?
  • Which teams will secure a playoff spot?

Q2: Who do you see being key contributors for their teams as they make the final push for the season?

  • What stars do you see contributing and how?
  • Do you see any rookies making key contributions?
  • Will any returning players from injuries make an impact?

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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

Week 3 had some surprises to add to normal intrigue of the chat. Good or bad surprise first? Going with the good surprises first. There were new contributors and many return chat Tweeps! The bad surprise was the failure of previously splendid chat site, Tweetchat, just after the introductions and right before the launch of Q1. Come to find they switched servers over the weekend and let’s say the new server, not as stellar. The chat survived–and even thrived–after the switch to the chat platform Tweetgrid.

Question 1 (What impact does the WPS have on the women’s national teams?) took off after the Tweetchat debacle. The discussion focused on how the players in the WPS are getting recognition and improving overall because of the high level of play, coaching, and reach of the league. Some thought this would even the playing field of the National teams in international competitions, making the matches closer and more exciting to watch. This was such a popular discussion point that it was hard to move on to question 2– perhaps we should talk about this more in a future chat session.

Question 1 also gave us this week’s “Tweet of the chat”:

“I like how it’s brought players into the USWNT, but I wish Pia would use it to weed players out as well.” – @dharv5

Though only 103 characters, this tweet got a lot of people talking about the need to replace players who may not be playing well on the national level, and to give untested talent a chance to improve.

The discussion for question 2 (What impact will the WPS have on future women’s leagues throughout the world?) centered around three points: the WPS as a model league, players leaving the WPS for new leagues, and the idea of inter-league matches. Some thought the WPS could be used as a model for other leagues to build on and that players would need to be shared between them making the game stronger internationally. A number of chat participants argued that inter-league matches could be valuable but that there would be difficulty in getting them off the ground and organizing them.

There were a few favorite plays of the week by an international. Goals by Athletica’s Eniola Aluko and Freedom ‘s Sonia Bompastor were two of the favorites. The third was the PK save by Sky Blue’s Karen Bardsley.

Look forward to chatting with everyone next Monday at 8pm EST. Check back for next week’s questions on Friday.

Week 2 of the #WPSchat unintentionally had a theme running through it: college, college, college. Half the questions were in reference to that theme, starting off with chat contributors sharing who their favorite collegiate rookie in the WPS is. The two overwhelming favorite rookies were Tobin Heath from the Atlanta Beat and Lauren Cheney (the real LC) from the Boston Breakers! Kelley O’Hara from FC Gold Pride was a close third.

There were many return contributors from Week 1. One even emailed me her thoughts to post during the discussion. (That is true dedication and passion, thanks @katiemarx!) Add in the new contributors from this week, doubling the number of contributors from the first chat. We had Tweetchat really working.

This week, question 1 (What impact does college soccer have on the WPS?) was the most discussed. All were in agreement that there is a back and forth benefit between women’s collegiate soccer and the WPS. A professional league is an incentive  to develop talented players so that they are able to compete for spots. This increases the quality of play at the college level.  Some also thought that talent would be wider spread throughout the NCAA, rather than being concentrated in a few top programs (UNC and Notre Dame, for example.)

Question 2 dealt with how we as fans can help drive attendance, including the use of  grassroots tactics to spread the word about the WPS and how extroardinary it is. Another suggestion is continuing to build the supporter groups for the teams which helps bring in fans and enhance the game experience. And when you attend a game bring a friend with you so they may experience the beautiful game for themselves.

We find the “Tweet of the Chat” from question 2 about how fans may drive attendance to games:

“The WPS has to do is find a way to turn all the millions of soccer players in the US into soccer fans” – @AreYouOnTheBall

Continuing on the collegiate theme, our favorite play of the week was from a collegiate rookie. Carolyn Blank’s goal which evened the score in the Atletica vs. Breakers game was by far our top pick.

If you weren’t able to attend this week’s chat you may join next week’s chat on Monday starting at 8:00 pm EST. Next week’s question will be posted on Friday.

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