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Northampton Laurels Signs Head Coach
February 17, 2006

North London Native to Lead Expansion Team

Easton, PA -  The Northampton Laurels announced today that Wayne Grocott has been named the team's first ever Head Coach. Coach Grocott will spear-head the Laurels in their inaugural Women Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season. "Wayne's passion for the game is second to none, he brings an extensive coaching resume with him, I am convinced that Coach Grocott is the right choice for the Laurels, he understands futbol" said General Manager and Director of Operations Andy R. Salandy.

Coach Grocott is the holder of the FA - UEFA "B" and USSF "B" Coaching licenses along with several other coaching diplomas. Grocott is no stranger to the women's game, he joins the Laurels after successful stints with the USL's South Jersey Banshees and their PDL team the Barons.

Coach Grocott spoke about his newest head coaching position, “I am excited to have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the Laurels organization, the Laurels are headed in the right direction, and I am just happy to be a part of it."


South Florida Breeze Picks Up Local Standout
February 16, 2006

Renee DeBien

Miami Lakes, FL -  Renee DeBien, a local standout for many years, has agreed to play for the South Florida Breeze today. Rene has played with the Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School and led her team to the State Championship Class 4A in 1993. She also played locally with Margate Blitz from 1991 - 1995 and was named Miami-Dade County Player of the Year.

DeBien played college ball with Barry University where she started all four years and placed second in the 1995 NCAA Division II Championships. She became captain of the team in 1998 and was selected to the Senior All-Star Select Team. She has also played in the "W" league for the Miami Gliders Soccer Club in 1998 and 1999 where they placed 4th in Nationals.

Renee Graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and she also has a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Nova University.


Top Women’s Soccer League Comes to Middle Tennessee
February 15, 2006

Standout players Rebekah McDowell and Tyler Griffin poised to play for the Lady Blues

Franklin, TN -  The Women’s Premier Soccer league (WPSL) has just granted Tennessee FC Lady Blues an expansion team in their Midwest Region. The WPSL is the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States and top in the world. Its mission is to provide a highly competitive level of women’s soccer, while simultaneously providing affordable, quality, family entertainment and positive role models for our youth. "We are very excited to have granted Tennessee FC a spot in our Midwest Region. We are positive they will bring a very competitive organization into the league," said Jerry Zanelli, WPSL Commissioner.

The Lady Blues began with signing Rebekah McDowell, former All-American and All-ACC Soccer Standout for the UNC Tar Heels and for the Philadelphia Charge, along with the Boston Breakers of the WUSA. McDowell was an All-American and All-ACC player, having played for UNC from 1996-2000 before being drafted into the WUSA. McDowell also played for the U.S. Women’s U-21 National Team, where she played in Norway and won the Nordic Cup. She was later inducted into the Colorado Sportswomen Hall of Fame.


Miami Surf Hires Legendary Argentinean Star as Head Coach
February 14, 2006

Miguel Angel Converti

Miami Lakes, FL -  The Miami Surf is pleased to announce the hiring Miguel Angel Converti as Head Coach of the Miami Surf. "It gives me great pleasure and honor to have him at the helm of this new expansion team," says owner Ron Clark.

Miguel played Professionally for over 15 years in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico for such teams as the Millionarios and Sante Fe where he led the Professional league in scoring for three consecutive years. He also played in six Copa Libertadores, along with many National and International Tournaments throughout his career. In Mexico, Converti also played for Toluca under legend Ignacio Tallez. Miguel is ranked amongst the top 100 scorers of All-time on the Colombian Professional League.

He is Currently Assistant Coach of Monsignor Pace High School Boys team and Head of Futbol Operations for the CTC Bandits FC. Owner Ron Clark states, "It will be a pleasure having such experience on the side lines, I was shocked and amazed that he considered coaching this team."


FC Indiana Signs Two Top African Players
February 9, 2006

Adjoa Bayor of Ghana

Bayor and Okolo finalists for African Player of the Year

Goshen, IN -  FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #2 in the world by www.WomensWorldFootball.com, announced the signing of two finalists for the 2005 African Player of the Year.

Adjoa Bayor of Ghana and Vera Okolo of Nigeria are two finalists for the 2005 African Player of the Year award given annually to Africa’s best female player.

Bayor, 26, was previously honored by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as the continent's best player in 2003. She also was a finalist in 2004. Bayor, who has been a key member of ‘the Queens’ since 1997, was recognized for her outstanding contribution for the Queens during the 2003 Women’s World Cup in the United States.

The petite offensive midfielder was the shining star for Ghana and was voted the Budweiser Best Player in Ghana’s 2-1 victory over Australia in the final group match. Bayor has represented Ghana 59 times.


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2005 League and Cup winners

General Manager: Gary Weaver
Head Coach: Shek Borkowski
Assistant Coaches: Steve Brdarski, Chris Castro
Strength and Fitness Coaches: Petrana Petkova, Joe Company
Director of Operations: John Heiliger

The FC Indiana joined the WPSL as a provisional team in the spring of 2004, and as a full member in 2005. The FC Indiana was founded to scout and develop top soccer talent in the US.

In addition to operating its adult and youth soccer teams, FC Indiana administers soccer camps and soccer tournaments.

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2005 SEASON

CHAMPIONSHIP

GP W L T PTS
FC Indiana 2 2 0 0 6
California Storm 2 1 1 0 3
New England Mutiny 2 1 1 0 3
Steel City Sparks 2 0 2 0 0
WEST GP W L T PTS
California Storm 14 13 0 1 40
Ajax America Women 14 12 2 0 36
Utah Spiders 14 7 5 2 23
San Diego WFC SeaLions 14 5 9 0 15
Elk Grove Pride 14 4 7 3 15
Las Vegas Tabagators 14 4 6 3 15
San Francisco Nighthawks 14 3 10 1 10
Lamorinda East Bay Power 14 1 9 4 7
EAST GP W L T PTS
New England Mutiny 13 13 0 0 39
Steel City Sparks 13 7 3 3 24
Bay State Select 13 7 5 1 22
Philadelphia Pirates 13 5 5 3 18
Massachusetts Stingers 14 3 5 6 15
Rhode Island Rays 11 2 5 4 10
Boston-North Aztecs 13 3 9 1 10
Maryland Pride 12 2 10 0 6
CENTRAL GP W L T PTS
FC Indiana 4 4 0 0 12
Houston Stars 6 2 2 2 8
Everton FC America 4 0 2 2 2
St. Louis Archers 2 0 2 0 0
 

   
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