Women's Professional Soccer Presents Los Angeles Sol Dispersal Draft

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Women's Professional Soccer Presents Los Angeles Sol Dispersal Draft

Last week, the Los Angeles Sol ceased operations for the 2010 season, after several weeks of negotiations with a potential new ownership group fell through at the last minute.

“While it’s regrettable to lose the Los Angeles market as part of our WPS footprint, we are pleased to have two new teams coming into the league in 2010,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. “The league and our ownership committee worked incredibly hard over the past month to complete the transaction. In the end, we ran out of time and came up short of where we needed to be funding-wise for the Sol in 2010.”

Although, the organization's staff and players were still hopeful for a miracle that bittersweet Thursday had come and the dispersal draft has begun. Nineteen of the Sol players will be shuffled out to the remaining eight teams.

Women’s Professional Soccer held its dispersal draft today for players’ rights previously held by the Los Angeles Sol, whose operations were discontinued last Thursday, January 28.

Nineteen Los Angeles Sol players were distributed to the remaining eight teams in the league - Boston Breakers, Atlanta Beat, Chicago Red Stars, St. Louis Athletica, FC Gold Pride, Washington Freedom, Philadelphia Independence, and New York/New Jersey Sky Blue.

Although it was a very bittersweet process, players will get to continue to fulfill their dreams of being a professional soccer player. Each team made out well from the draft and have added loads of talent to their current rosters. From the draft, each team has gotten better and more competitive, and so has the league.

The dispersal draft was held Thursday, Feb. 4 with the eight franchises selecting players from the Sol roster over three rounds in the following order:

Round 1
1. Atlanta Beat
2. Philadelphia Independence
3. FC Gold Pride (Bay Area)
4. Chicago Red Stars
5. Boston Breakers
6. Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
7. Washington Freedom
8. Saint Louis Athletica

Round 2
9. Saint Louis Athletica
10. Washington Freedom
11. Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
12. Boston Breakers
13. Chicago Red Stars
14. FC Gold Pride (Bay Area)
15. Philadelphia Independence
16. Atlanta Beat

Round 3
17. Atlanta Beat
18. Philadelphia Independence
19. FC Gold Pride (Bay Area)
20. Chicago Red Stars
21. Boston Breakers
22. Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
23. Washington Freedom
24. Saint Louis Athletica

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