Let me start by saying I think it’s very unfortunate that the deal to get new ownership for the LA Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer fell through. You hate to see if firstly for the individuals involved directly with the club in LA, but also the fans and the WPS league. Hopefully we’ll see someone step up soon in an ownership role that can bring WPS back to LA.
Atlanta Beat Owner T. Fitz Johnson said “All the team owners and members of the Board are confident that this setback will be quickly overcome by the exciting developments that the league has in store for the 2010 WPS Season. This includes two new franchises, the debut of a brand new stadium built specifically for WPS, a longer regular season and an even better product on the field with incoming talent from the college ranks and the many top internationals that have been signed in the off-season. Without question, this season is poised to build on our successful launch year.”
Several of the Los Angeles players, including WPS All-Stars Shannon Boxx and Marta, are signed to multi-year, guaranteed contracts, and are expected to play in WPS for the remainder of their contracts with other WPS teams following the dispersal draft.
The dispersal draft will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 with the eight franchises selecting players from the Sol roster over three rounds. Atlanta will have pick #1, 16, & 17.
Marta would seem the obvious choice but the question would be how much of her salary would the Beat be on the line for covering. As LA found out last year Marta doesn’t have the full Beckham effect. LA’s attendance at The Home Depot Center last year was about 6,000 for the Sol. It’s been rumored Marta will go to whomever is willing to put up the most money. Whether that means Atlanta will get anything in return for that remains to be seen.
Who do you think Atlanta should pick? Will there be a ripple effect spurring a new round of trades?