Daily Kick Around: Women's Professional Soccer Isn't Dead Yet

Houston Dynamo gets a new home today, with the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium. Photo of Dynamo fans via flickr user wjarrettc

Things aren’t so dismal in the world of women’s professional soccer these days. While we wait for more news about 2013′s launch of  a new league, W-PRO, today we look at season previews of WPSL and the W-League. Plus, the latest on Ali Krieger’s recovery from ACL surgery, the “bad blood rivalry” brewing in MLS between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders, and the Houston Dynamo’s new stadium.

Women’s Professional Soccer

In case you missed last night’s DKA, Trista shared this story from Soccer Wire on the formation by United Soccer Leagues of W-PRO, a new professional women’s soccer league poised to start in 2013. For fans of WPS grasping for any remains of a real women’s professional soccer league in this country, this comes as welcome news, though whether USL’s new venture can be a lasting, economically viable business where WUSA and WPS couldn’t will be the biggest question.

In the meantime, fans of women’s soccer in this country can get their fix with the two semi-pro leagues kicking off their seasons now, USL’s W-League and the WPSL. All White Kit’s Chris Henderson has provided a preview of the W-League’s season, including why the star-studded Seattle Sounders Women aren’t a lock for the title.

If you’re interested in how WPS 2011 Champions Western New York Flash, as well as ex-WPS clubs Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars, will fare in the newly-formed WPSL Elite division, Henderson has provided a preview of  their season as well. Boston already looks to be off to a good start with a 3-0 season opening victory over the Chesapeake Charge.

U.S. Women’s National Team

The national team began preparations this week for their May 27 friendly against China with training camp in Princeton, NJ. Two new players will join the 28-player training camp roster, FFC Frankfurt defender Gina Lewandowski and Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adriana Franch.

When Ali Krieger tore her ACL in the opening match of Olympic qualifying back in January, it looked like her dreams of playing on the Olympic roster were over. But Krieger has not given up hope that she could still join the team in London this summer. It seems pretty slim that even if she’s healthy enough by July, she’d make the final roster, but if she could be back to full strength by June 30 when the U.S. plays Canada in their sendoff match, it goes without saying that her presence, even as a sub, could be a huge boost to the USWNT back line.

Speaking of the June 30 Olympic sendoff match, it will actually be broadcast on live TV. No, for real! And not on a cable station — on NBC!

Major League Soccer

The Houston Dynamo’s new home, BBVA Compass Stadium, opens today for their match against D.C. United. Excited fans can follow the stadium at the longest Twitter handle in MLS stadium history, @BBVACompassStdm. Seems kind of silly to leave off three characters in “Stadium” when it’s already that long.

In preparation for the stadium opening, BBVA Compass presents A Day in the Life of Brian Ching, including his thoughts on playing at the Dynamo’s new home.

Do you like to play soccer? Then you could create a heated rivalry in MLS! RSL general manager Garth Lagerway doesn’t think RSL-Sounders is quite the rivalry that others are claiming it to be, but does say that the key to the growing tension between the teams is “that both teams like to play soccer.”

Stay tuned here and at @AerysSoccer on Twitter for more coverage this weekend from MLS, EPL and more leagues around the world. 

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