This week should be one of celebration for women’s soccer in America as the U.S. team qualified for the London Olympics emphatically, outscoring its CONCACAF opposition 38-o over five matches.
Instead, news that the Women’s Professional Soccer league is shutting down shop for the 2012 season has overshadowed any positive headlines the U.S. team’s play in Vancouver garnered.
An ongoing legal dispute between the league and Dan Borislow, owner of the league’s South Florida franchise, has crippled the WPS financially and forced the already troubled league to suspend the 2012 season.
“We have diverted so many resources into litigation,” said WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan. “This is something that needs to be resolved before we can move forward with play.”
The WPS eliminated Borislow’s South Florida franchise named for his invention, the magicJack, claiming “unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills.”
Naturally, some players aren’t too pleased the 2012 season is off, especially since playing in a competitive league would have allowed American players to maintain top fitness levels for the upcoming Olympics.
Outspoken Philadelphia Independence striker Natasha Kai, a former U.S. national team player who has enough ink to fit in on an NBA bench, took to Twitter to show her disgust. She wasn’t pulling any punches.
Looking at this pic of what a magicJack actually looks like, I imagine that might hurt.