January 6, 2011

WPS Announces Opening Weekend Matches

WPS has announced its schedule for the opening weekend of the 2011 season. This will be the league's third season.

To kick off the season, the Boston Breakers will travel to Atlanta to face the Beat at KSU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, April 9. On the following day, the Philadelphia Independence will venture to Yurcak Field to play nearby rivals, Sky Blue FC, in the first nationally televised game of the season on FSC.

On the second weekend of action, Philadelphia will host their first game at their new home at Widener University against the Washington Freedom. Sky Blue will travel to Atlanta to play a Saturday evening game. Then on Sunday, April 17, the expansion Western New York Flash will visit Harvard Stadium to take on the Boston Breakers in their debut on FSC.

This will be the first season that teams will take a midseason break, due to the 2011 World Cup in Germany, which will be played in June and July. The schedule has been scaled back to 18 matches for each, at least in large part because of the World Cup. The rest of the WPS schedule will be announced in February. The WPS Championship presented by Citi will be held the weekend of August 27-28.