WPS: Sol Closing Up Shop

WPS: Sol Closing Up Shop

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 28, 2010
  • 7 Comments
  • Marta, WPS

I don’t discuss a lot of women’s soccer on this site but when I do it is usually some fairly large news (though if you are interested in writing about the WPS contact me). Unfortunately that is the case today. Arguable the best club on and off the field, the LA Sol will be ceasing it’s operations tomorrow.

Seeing how the club lead the league in attendance and in the standings this news is pretty shocking to see. AEG who co-owned the club had been looking for a buyer for some time now after just a single season, while the other owners decided they did not have the proper resources to carry on their own.

Now its players will be released and played in a dispersal draft. Marta, the club and league’s top player will likely be sold to the highest bidder either in the WPS or outside of the league.

Rough news for the young league that showed a lot of promise in year one. From what it sounds like AEG had high expectations in this club and they were just not met in the first year. This is a big setback for the new women’s league, which is based on a MLS-model of slow spending.

  • Very unfortunate. I'm not a huge women's soccer fan, but it's still sad to see a club go under.

  • This is bad news, but is it correct that AEG only was only in it for a year? That doesn't sound like a great way to start a sustainable business.

    Sadly, I don't think the fate of the Sol would have been any different if they had won the league's title, and that is what scares me.

    I know it is futile, but I really wish Dallas would get a WPS team.

  • Dallas was in line for one of the expansion teams for either 2011 or 2012 but I guess there was no ownership group to take on a club here. I was hoping to get one here in Dallas too but the market just isn't good enough yet for one.

  • buy kartę r4i 

    The franchise had been under league custody since November, when Anschutz Entertainment Group gave back its ownership stake

  • Yes, I heard that we were in line, but knowing Frisco, it would just cost too much.

  • smithmaria61

    The franchise had been under league custody since November, when Anschutz Entertainment Group gave back its ownership stake

  • Yes, I heard that we were in line, but knowing Frisco, it would just cost too much.