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This weekend in the WPS – magicJack bounced back in convincing fashion, Sky Blue is on a two game win streak, the Flash stay undefeated, and magicJack owner Dan Borislow gets hit with a fine. The #WPSchat will look at the outcomes of this week’s games and the WPS’s role in policing the league and its franchises.

Q1: magicJack vs. The Beat.

  • magicJack bounced back convincingly after their first loss of the 2011 campaign. What is the magic behind magicJack?
  • The Beat continue to struggle offensively and defensively. How much have injuries and national team call-ups impacted the young team’s chemistry?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, the re-cap.

Q2: The Breakers vs. Sky Blue.

  • The Breakers potentially potent offense has gone missing. What can their offense do to find their way back once the star players leave for the WWC?
  • Sky Blue has its longest win streak of the season. What can the Flash do next week to put an end to it?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, the Breakers re-cap and Sky Blue re-cap.

Q3: The Independence vs. The Flash.

  • What are your thoughts on the Independence’s performance?
  • What are thoughts the Flash’s performance?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, the re-cap.

Q4: WPS Policing.

  • What is the WPS office role in policing the league and its franchises?
  • Should the role change as the league grows and ages?
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.

At last, the WPS season has officially kicked off! This is the moment all of us have been waiting for since the end of last season. This week on the chat, we will discuss the opening weekend matches and what we are excited for this season.

Q1: The Breakers vs. the Beat.

  • Did either team surprise you?
  • How did they perform?
  • What player or players performances were you impressed by?
  • What was your play or goal of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, Boston recap, and Atlanta recap.

Q2: The Independence vs. Sky Blue.

  • Did either team surprise you?
  • How did they perform?
  • What player or players performances were you impressed by?
  • What was your play or goal of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, Philadelphia recap, and New Jersey recap.

Q3: The 2011 WPS Season Ahead .

  • Let’s discuss whatever it is that you are excited about this season. Pick a question or topic and work through it.

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.

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.

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.

This is the fourth installment in the ‘Who Dat’ series. The beginning of the 2010 season is fastly approaching and to be sure each team gets its ‘Who Dat’ treatment there will be two series posted at a time. The FC Gold Pride are this post’s team to go through the ‘Who Dat’ treatment.

The Front Line: This group had its ups and downs last season for the FC Gold Pride who as a team had the worst GPG in the league. This is one of the key areas in which the team look to improve during the off-season. They started by keeping the foundation of this group with the retention of Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett who were one and two respectively in goals scored for the team. With the foundation set they looked to the draft as a way to build on it. They selected Kelley O’Hara the 2009 MAC Herman award winner (POY) from Stanford University who were the runner-up in the NCAA tournament and Kaley Fountain a top prospect out of Wake Forest. Then with the unexpected folding of the Los Angeles Sol the Pride had the opportunity to bolster this group even further through the dispersal draft. With the selection of Marta (the 2009 Golden Boot award winner, the 2009 WPS Michelle Akers award winner (MVP), and WPS leading goal scorer), goals should be a plenty from this group.

The Midfield: At the end of the 2009 season this group didn’t require improvement until the departure of Leslie Osborne and Tiffany Weimer to the Boston Breakers. To prevent further disruption in this group, they traded for Camille Abily before the folding of the Sol and the dispersal draft, and selected Solveig Gulbrandsen in the international draft. These two additions will bring the midfield back up to the level it was at prior to the departures.

The Defense and Goal Tending: The defense and goal tending for the FC Gold Pride was the second area that needed improvement at the end of the 2009 season. They held onto the cornerstone of the defense in Rachel Buehler and Carrie Drew. And then added Candace Chapman who was with the Boston Breakers last season and a Canadian women’s national team player. The Pride then used their second round pick to select Becky Edwards, a top defender from Florida State. The net minder from last season Nicole Barnhart will still work between the sticks for the Pride but should not see as many shots.

The FC Gold Pride will not be short of goals this season and will have a better defense than a year ago. They are a team which will attract crowds at whatever venue they play.

The next team to be put on the table for the ‘Who Dat’ treatment will be the Philadelphia Independence, so stay tuned.

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