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Sol Shakeup

The Los Angeles Sol, WPS's highest-profile club, is going through massive changes.

Abner Rogers was dismissed as coach three weeks ago, a move that was never announced by Sol management but became apparent Friday when he was not present at the draft in Philadelphia. Rogers was listed as the Los Angeles coach on written material provided to reporters in the room where the draft was conducted. League officials later confirmed that he was no longer with the club but didn't provide an explanation.

Meantime, as expected for several months, the Sol's investors, AEG and Blue Star LLC, is selling the team to a group that plans to keep the club in the Los Angeles area. The identity of the buyers was not revealed but a deal is likely soon. Although the new group would like to continue playing at Home Depot Center, Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium is under consideration, sources told the Insider.

Marta, the best female player in the world who led the Sol to the best record in the 2009 inaugural season, is aware of the club's coaching and ownership situation, I'm told.

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By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2010; 8:59 PM ET
Categories:  Women  
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71 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 15, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

WPS = Why Play Soccer, Women Please Stop...

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | January 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Sol Campbell won't be playing for the Arsenal?



Posted by: jayrockers | January 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

DC, if you hate women's soccer so much, you could always not read blogs about them, not posted stupid comments about it and just ignore it all together. Just a thought.

Posted by: stwasm | January 15, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The coaching change won't make much of a difference - Charlie Naimo is probably the best women's club coach in the country. But the ownership turmoil is worrying and doesn't bode well for the league. On the other hand, I figured there would be a team or two that would fold in the first few years. I just didn't expect LA might end up being one of them.

Posted by: kevinwparker | January 15, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: alecw81 | January 16, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Reading a blog about women's soccer is one thing, actually watching women's soccer is another. I'm with you DC, women's soccer is even worse than watching mens college soccer...And that's saying a lot...

Posted by: alan19 | January 16, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

hey alec and alan, are you sure you aren't the same person?
Zzzzzzzzzz. If not why don't you guys go tackle each other real HARD. Really wrestle each other down, real hard. Have a group hug and go talk about how manly Rugby is.
Shut up already.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 16, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

DadRyan, if Goff can respond to anything about a stadium for DC with "Zzzzzzz", I reserve the right to respond to every thread about the WPS with "Zzzzzzzz".

Notice I don't do the same for NCAA Womens or USWNT threads? I just feel that there isn't a viable market for Women's Professional Team Sports, and based on their complete lack of financial solvency, I'd be correct.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 16, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse


I think there is plenty of a VIABLE market for women's pro team sports and even more so with solo sports like cycling, surfing, snowboarding, etc. It's just that it's irritating to see the antagonists of an old man, good old boy regime flapping their gums about it.
Of course you have the right dude. You just look like a jack hole coming on these threads and being such a downer for women in the game. If you were a top pro or something maybe we'd care, but you aren't even ranking some wack Kanye West Status dog.So seriously go back to telling your rugby playing girlfriend about how lame pro women's team sports are.

Don't tell me your single now...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 16, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I like women's soccer, but the WUSA was a lot more interesting than the WPS. WUSA games were fun to watch. This league is just boring.

Posted by: DaveBrett | January 16, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised by the hostility in other comments. As a Freedom season ticket holder, I found the quality of play, dedication of the athletes, and entertainment to be a higher value than with my other favorite local soccer team.... The news about the Sol is concerning for the league, but yesterday's deep WPS draft, new international signings, and commitment of the players and most team owners hopefully will be more positive signs for the league's stability and growth.

Posted by: Jedi65 | January 16, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

The Sol lost $2 million. How much do you think DC United made/lost? alecw81is to womens soccer as Jim Rome is to mens soccer

so funny how MLS fans talk about the WPS' "viability" as if MLS wasn't a sinkhole

So WPS stacked the deck in favor of LA, LA put together the best team in the league, with the best player in the world, and now they're blowing it up after 1 year? That doesn't bode well.

Losing Abily should have been a dead give-away that something was bad wrong. This kind of thing wouldn't have gone uncovered for 4 weeks on Goff's beat!

Posted by: OWNTF | January 16, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I think Marta would be a lot happier playing in Washngton.

Posted by: granadoskerry | January 16, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

dang, I was loaded last night!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Evertons lineup today:


Posted by: spikeman | January 16, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I've seen 3 different lineups so I dont know which one is correct. It looks like Donovan is on the right.

Posted by: spikeman | January 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Donovan with a decent game. Not nearly as impressive as last week.

Saha gave him a great through ball, which Donovan pushed too far ahead. As the keeper closed, Donovan looped the ball toward the goal. Sort of half shot, half cross toward Cahill. Unfortunately, Cahill went near post while the ball bounced a foot off the line then away from goal.

Aside from that, Landy had a few nice crosses and corners, but wasn't too threatening. He dribbled straight out of bounds once, lost possession in a few one on ones at midfield twice.

Defensively, he tracked down Tevez nicely, but wasn't able to catch a fresh Wright Phillips. Overall, I'd give him a 6, 6.5.

Posted by: delantero | January 16, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

DC, if you hate women's soccer so much, you could always not read blogs about them, not posted stupid comments about it and just ignore it all together. Just a thought.

Posted by: stwasm | January 15, 2010 10:27 PM

Actually, it's not just a thought. It's a rule that Goff laid down when this blog was first started. Anyone who has a problem with it should take it up with Goff directly.

The success of this blog depends on a certain amount of self-restraint on the part of each and every one of us. There are surely a lot of people who aren't interested in (to take just one example) the Africa Cup of Nations. Suppose that every time Goff or anyone else mentioned anything related to ACN, it provoked multiple posts that did no more than express the poster's personal lack of interest. Suppose that the weekend TV listings threads were dominated by posts that did no more than tediously enumerate all the matches that the poster did *not* plan to watch. If people who are not interested in these topics can exercise self-restraint, so can anyone else.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 16, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan, if Goff can respond to anything about a stadium for DC with "Zzzzzzz", I reserve the right to respond to every thread about the WPS with "Zzzzzzzz".

This is disingenuous at best. You surely know that Goff has repeatedly explained that when it comes to the stadium situation, when he says "Zzzzzzz," it is shorthand for "There isn't any real news and I don't expect any for the foreseeable future." Goff has never used this expression to disparage people who are genuinely interested in the stadium situation or any other soccer-related topic.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 16, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I've just been reading a Soccer America listing of NSCAA coaching awards. Not surprisingly both Messiah coaches were honored in the NCAA DIII category. Claire Collins, the girls' coach at Broad Run HS in Ashburn, was also honored. Interestingly, there are awards set aside for assistant coaches at the high school and college level. The college award, named after Glenn Myernick, went to Tulsa's Colin Clarke.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Fullerton angle ties into a pattern that I pointed out in a previous thread; namely, the decided preference of many WPS franchises for outer 'burbs. The Beat is setting up shop in Kennesaw. Sky Orange is not moving from Piscataway to Harrison. Old Pride is moving from Santa Clara to Hayward, and it is unclear at best whether the 'Quakes will be able to get them as a secondary tenant when and if the planned San Jose SSS becomes a reality. I really wonder whether Chang or his successors will be successful in prying the Freedom loose from the 'Plex, although at the rate things are going, it will be a long, long time before that becomes a live issue. I also wonder whether Chester will prove to be a better venue for the Liberty than Villanova was for its WUSA predecessor.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 16, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Goff: Nick Green's report is ambiguous as to whether Rogers jumped or was pushed. Did you have another source who said that it was the latter? Also, is there any information (or speculation) on what his next job might be?

Posted by: universityandpark | January 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with DadRyan about the jackholes on this thread.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 16, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I was going to catch some ZZZ's, but they too are now controversial . .

I'd count some sheep, but they'll just get me thinking about the green pastures of Anacostia, where our stadium should be . . ZZZ then I'll think about WUSA and WPS and . . .

Is there nothing sacred anymore?

PS. welcome back, Two Seventy.

Posted by: delantero | January 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

70 days until United's first 2010 league match!!!

And the best news is a discussion about ZZZZZs? We can do better than that. What's Hope Solo doing these days?

Posted by: Curious99 | January 16, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

What's Hope Solo doing these days?


Saving that.

I can't remember exactly how many, but a couple weeks less than 70 days until Charleston!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 16, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

well I for one am bleary-eyed from watching football all day. could have done without the chelsea game, actually. now, since the WPS isn't on, I'll catch some zzz's. ;-)

Posted by: troy6 | January 16, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This is not at all soccer related, but Goff has been hotdogging it (with relish) on his other beat:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 17, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

MLS, take note of the best way to get Toronto fans to stop throwing things on the field.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | January 17, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Latest chant at Everton . . . "U-S-A, U-S-A" . . . very funny

Posted by: OWNTF | January 17, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey off the crossbar off a beautiful chest-to-bike.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Noticed the USA chant at Everton as well. Hope Landon sees more of the ball in his next match. Exciting stuff!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Everton didn't just start using the USA chant. They also did it with Howard.

Posted by: spikeman | January 17, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

It would be just our luck to lose Dempsey to an ACL injury. I think England is sabotaging our chances in South Africa.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 17, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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