Sad news for women's soccer fans...Boca Raton-based MagicJack -- which featured World Cup stars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe -- was closed down by the Women's Professional Soccer league. The league and team owner Dan Borislow had been at odds all season.
WPS press release:
"After careful consideration, the Board of Governors of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) voted on Tuesday to terminate the Boca Raton based magicJack franchise. WPS will continue to deliver to its players and fans the world’s top women’s soccer league, with plans to make 2012 the most competitive and successful season to date.''
Borislow's response, e-mailed to the Miami Herald: "I could not persuade most of the other Governors and the league for what I thought the priorities of the league should be.
1.The WPS should be subservient to the US WNT and do everything in it's power to bring home Gold next year.
2.The teams should pay it's best players a fair salary and something they can raise a family with.Anything less you should not be entitled to Division I status and this concerned me,particularly when the league can't keep enough teams.
That being said,a disagreement like this is not grounds for termination.The league continues to cause permanent damage and now taken away our ability to even sell the franchise,all without due process.
magicJack and myself will do everything we can to help our Women bring home the Gold next year.Our priority has not and will not change.''
The league is left with five teams -- Boston Breakers, Western New York Flash, New Jersey Sky Blue, Philadelphia Independence and Atlanta Beat.
Since 2009, teams in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, St. Louis and Chicago have also folded.