U.S. Women's Pro League Prepares to Blast Back Onto Soccer Scene
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
By Liza Porteus,2933,201438,00.html
NEW YORK  While the best men's soccer teams in the world do battle in this year's World Cup in Germany, there is a quiet but determined effort in the United States to relaunch the world's premier women's professional soccer league. The Women's United Soccer Association launched in 2001, propelled by the U.S. Women's National Team's stirring victory in the 1999 Women's World Cup. That on-field performance not only featured the now-legendary play of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, but it also is remembered as the game in which Brandy Chastain immortalized the sports bra. More important for women's soccer, the victory earned in the United States before sold out stadiums, inspired thousands of girls to discover and play the game. The WUSA's backers, meanwhile, hoped the stars were alligned to finally grow a profitable professional women's sports league. The WUSA's run, however, was short lived. The league suspended play in September 2003, citing financial reasons, and the retirement of star founders like Hamm, Foudy and Fawcett caused many to wonder whether professional women's soccer would ever return to the U.S. Enter former Yahoo, Inc. executive Tonya Antonucci, who almost single-handedly is trying to rally investors around a bigger and better WUSA, now scheduled to blast back onto the soccer scene in 2008. Antonucci is counting on the hundreds of thousands of girls around the country now playing soccer to help fill the stands.

I recall watching WSSA play before MLS games; we would go to early DC United games and opener was a Washington Freedom game... glad to see women's soccer making a comeback.. onward ladies...