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The wait is over! Women’s soccer is back in action.

WPSL Elite and USL W-League opened their seasons this weekend. Fans now have two leagues to follow, and I say the more the merrier.  Six of the eight teams took to the field for the WPSL and five matches were slotted for the USL W-League opening weekends. Did I mention that there was also a bonus game– an inter-league exhibition Boston Breakers vs. DC United Women? With all these games this weekend, chances are that you already have “your” team in one of the two leagues and followed their play.

Tonight’s chat will look to get your thoughts on the opening weekend for both leagues.

Q1: WPSL Opening Weekend

  • The average goal differential for the winners on the weekend was a + 3.33. Is there a disparity between the teams? Why or why not?
  • The winners all have links to WPS. Is the line of disparity drawn by former WPS team and former WPSL team? What is the reason?
  • The opening weekend was historic with the first goal, first assist, first win, first shutout, and first hat trick. What was your favorite?

Q2: USL W-League Opening Weekend

  • The live streaming of the Pali Blues game was a big hit on twitter. Does this help expand the reach of the league and the teams to their fans? In what ways?
  • If some teams in the league have live feeds of their games and others don’t. How does this benefit/impair the league and the teams?
  • The opening weekend featured nine of the thirty teams, a teaser of what is to come once the league is in full swing. Are you looking forward to next weekend’s games where each day is action packed?

Q3: Bonus Game – Boston Breakers vs. DC United Women

  • Building bridges: would you like to see more inter-league play?

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.

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Before her Boston Breakers debut, the Australian striker Kyah Simon made a promise to her mother for Mother’s Day. “I promised her one for Mother’s Day,” Simon said. “It was her request. She said, “Don’t make a promise you can’t keep.’”

On this day, Breakers fans are grateful for two things: the time difference of the states and Australia (which put game day on Mother’s Day over there) and the bond between mother and child (in particular that of Simon and her mom.)

Simon delivered on her promise with a stellar performance. She created multiple opportunities to score, and even netted one in the 56th minute.  This goal was the game winner for the Breakers as they defeated DC United Women by a score of 1 – 0.

This gave the Breakers two wins in as many games. Although this was exhibition play so it won’t count towards WPSL league play and stats, Breakers fans will be wishing it could be Mother’s Day every game day.

This one is for Kyah, her mom, and mom’s across all time zones – Happy Mother’s Day!

The first match of the WPSL Elite league’s inaugural season featured the Boston Breakers visiting the ASA Chesapeake Charge. The Breakers netted three goals in the first twenty minutes to secure the win while the defense and goal keeper Alice Binns kept the clean sheet by not letting in a single goal.

The three goals were scored by Veronica Napoli, Jessica Luscinski, and Katie Schoepfer. The first goal was scored by Napoli in the 4th minute of the game with an assist by former Tar Heel Courtney Jones. The two made history by recording the first goal and assist of WPSL Elite league. The next two goals came 10 minutes later and with in two minutes of each other. This time, Napoli was on the other side of the score assisting Schoepfer. Boston University star Jessica Luscinski scored the final goal of the match, assisted by captain Leslie Osborne.

The defense was able to make history in the game as well. The Breakers goal keeper Alice Binns recorded the first shutout of WPSL Elite league. This couldn’t have been accomplished without support from the Breakers’ back line consisting of Cat Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Elli Reed, and Courtney Jones.

Breakers head coach Lisa Cole had these thoughts on the team’s performance. “I liked how we started, going out right away and scoring goals,” Cole continued “Overall, I was excited about the team’s first win. I was pleased with the back line. They were solid.” When asked about the two game road trip to the nation’s capital, Cole said “It’s an important road trip for us, I want to get a ’W’ in our first WPSL Elite game, and DC United is a good team, so we get to be tested right away.”

Cole got the ‘W’ that she wanted. Let’s hope the Breakers can come out with another win in their second game against DC United. The Breakers stay in Maryland to play an exhibition versus USL W-League team DC United on Saturday, May 12th at 6 p.m. ET before heading home to Boston for their home opener versus FC Indiana Friday, May 18th at 7 p.m. ET.

Women’s soccer is cranking up this week. WPSL Elite and USL W-League open their seasons and the U-17 CONCACAF Women’s Championship is being played. The WSPL season opener will feature the Boston Breakers visiting ASA Chesapeake Charge on Thursday, May 10th. This Friday, the USL W-League will kick off as VSI Tampa Flames take on the Charlotte Lady Eagles in Charlotte, N.C. Then on May 7th the national teams in the U-17 CONCACAF tournament will play their final group games and on May 12th a champion will be crowned.

Tonight’s chat is a smorgasbord; try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From the U-17 CONCACAF tournament to the start of the WPSL and USL W-League seasons, there is plenty here to satisfy even the hungriest women’s soccer fan.

Q1: U-17 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

  • The US has dominated play in their group thus far, is there a team that could knock them off?
  • Canada has dominated play in their group, should we expect a Canada vs. US final?
  •  Who could be the underdog in the playoff? Why?

Q2: WPSL Elite Opening Week & Season

  • Will you be following the opening week and season?
  • How will you be joining the action (going to games, following online, etc)?
  • Have you chosen a team to cheer for? What team? Why them?

Q3: USL W-League Opening Week & Season

  • Will you be following the opening week and season?
  • How will you be joining the action (going to games, following online, etc)?
  • Have you chosen a team to cheer for? What team? Why them?

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.

The future of women’s soccer in the United States of America was volatile when WPS made the decision to suspend the 2012 season due in part to resolving legal disputes. This period was short-lived as two established leagues positioned themselves to fill that gap. The WPSL has filled the demand by pushing up the date to create their Elite league by a year, bring in former WPS clubs the Red Stars, the Breakers, and the Flash, and having the teams sign talented players from the WPS. The USL W-League already had a pro league but are now able to increase the talent pool by signing former WPS players. Both leagues will start play in the week of May 7th. But does this mean the future of women’s soccer is safe?

The chat will look to explore the future all be it without a time machine and answer what does the future of US women’s soccer look like at the professional level, college level, and youth level.

Q1: US Women’s Professional Soccer

  • Is there enough demand to support two leagues, possibly three (return of WPS)? Why or why not?
  • Could or should there be inter-league play?
  • What impact does this split have on the structure of professional soccer and feeding system for the national team?
  • What complications does this create for players?

Q2: College Level Women’s Soccer

  • What impact does having or not having a professional league have on the college game?
  • What new decisions are players now confronted with when deciding their future after school?
  • What impact would be felt by athletic programs at universities?

Q3: Youth Level Women’s Soccer

  • What impact does having or not having a professional league or role models have on the interest of youth toward the game?
  • Does this change the landscape of the youth women’s game? Why?
  • What is the trickle down impact that could be felt by youth organizations?

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.

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