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Don't put women's soccer on stage to fail

Don't put women's soccer on stage to fail

Updated: December 13, 2011, 4:39 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

The Women's Professional Soccer league's first allocation of top players took place in mid-September 2008, mere weeks after the U.S. women's national team won gold at the Beijing Summer Games, the country's third championship in four Olympic tournaments. It looked like a great window of opportunity on paper. As it turned out, the timing could not have been worse.

The same week that national team players were distributed among what WPS then projected as eight teams, several major U.S. ...

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