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This week WPS  terminated the magicJack franchise, leaving the league with a total of five teams.  The team roster wasn’t short on high-profile names; including USWNT members Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, and Megan Rapinoe and WPS rookie of the year Christen Press. After leaving the D.C. area, the fans and community of this team are once again without someone to cheer for. The league again goes through turmoil in the off-season. With magicJack gone, where does that leave the players, the fans, and ultimately the league?

The chat  will look for your thoughts on the impact to the players, the fans, and the league with the closing of magicJack.

Q1: The Players

  • What happens to the high-profile players?
  • What options do the players have outside of WPS to play?
  • Does this make other professional leagues more appealing to players?

Q2: The Fans and Community

  • Where does this leave the fans of the team?
  • What impact did the team have on the community of southern Florida?
  • How does this impact the soccer community?

Q3: The League

  • What impact does the closure have on the league’s brand?
  • What does the league need to do in order to bounce back?
  • What message is the league sending by the closure of magicJack?

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.

WPS received a boost in popularity and attendance from the coverage of FIFA’s 2011 Women’s World Cup. But even before all that media, WPS was being covered by bloggers, and to a lesser extent major publications and the TV networks. Though not at the level that hardcore fans would like, finding news about the league is a far cry better than it was in the inaugural season.

The chat this week will look to find what works with these outlets, what could be improved, and where you get your WPS news.

Q1: The Bloggers

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league? How could the league promote this channel?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from bloggers?

Q2: The Major Publications

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major publications? Does that change whether the publication is online or print?

Q3: The Major Networks

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major networks?

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.

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.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s #WPSchat questions. This week’s chat will focus on the two teams– the US and Japan– that made it to the WWC final and the impact the WWC has had on the WPS. Being a fan of the losing side in the final, I am in part using this as part of my healing process.

Q1: The USWNT WWC Story. Topics for discussion:

  • Losing a match for the first time in group stage
  • The Incredible Game
  • Abby’s last-minute heroics
  • Cheney: a future star?

Q2: The Japanese WNT WWC Story. Topics for discussion:

  • Beating Germany
  • The Golden Boot Girl
  • First victory over the USWNT
  • First World Cup title

Q3: Interest in the WPS Coming from the WWC.

  • How should the WPS capture the boost in popularity given to women’s soccer by the WWC?

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.

Welcome to the special edition, #USwnt chat! I will be moderating this chat as part of the Twitter Campaign to build support and awareness for the US WNT before, during, and after the match versus Italy on November 27th at 2pm EST. If you are not able to attend the game live like me (watching it on ESPN3) then join us for the pre-game questions, in-game discussion as the live action happens, and post-game discussion to wrap up. If you are live at the game (lucky!) join in the discussion and tweet live in-game moments.

The questions below will be pre-game questions starting at 1:30pm EST. The chat will then go into a live discussion surrounding the action on the field. We will then “hit the showers” and do a post-game wrap up of the match.

Q1: The Lineup.

  • Who would be your starting XI?
  • What player will have the most impact on the game?
  • Would you make a substitution?

Q2: The Game.

  • Who will score first US or Italy?
  • What player has the best opportunity to score?
  • What will the final score be?

Q3: The Cool Down.

  • Whether the outcome is good or bad what happens to Pia?
  • What are your final thoughts before kick-off?

Get your virtual pre-game on and join in on Saturday at 1:30pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #USwnt tag.

On the eve of the first game of the 2010 WPS season the ‘Who Dat’ series will wrap up. The final installment will feature the Washington Freedom. The Freedom are one of three teams whose roster has not gone through major change. The other two are the Saint Louis Athletica and Sky Blue FC.

The Front Line: This group is high-octane. The front line for the Washington Freedom doesn’t appear that it will slow down at all from last season. The freedom lead the league in GPG at 1.60. That league leading attack was fueled by Abby Wambach and speedster Lisa De Vanna.

The Midfield: The Freedom’s midfield cannot be talked about without mentioning Sonia Bompastor. Sonia’s tenacity is what fuels this group which includes Homare Sawa and Sarah Huffman. The midfield will run the offense by controling the attack and setting up the front line.

The Defense and Goal Tending: The defense and goal tending was as bad as the front line was good. This group had the worst GAA in the league at 1.60 matching their output. The goal tending returns both Briana Scurry and Erin McLeod. The defense returns Cat Whitehill, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Jill Gilbeau. The freedom looked to improve the defense by adding Brittany Bock, Nikki Marshall, and Kristi Eveland. These newbies should help to bring down the GAA but by how much will be interesting to see.

The Washington Freedom look like they won’t slow down offensively and should pick it up a bit defensively. There is a chance they could challenge for the championship and should make the playoffs.

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