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2010 ARCHIVE LEAGUE NEWS
12/31/10
NEW YEAR, NEW CHANGES FOR CLOVIS...
12/22/10
WPSL & CSA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP...
12/16/10
2010 WPSL ALL-AMERICANS
11/29/10
PRO WOMEN'S SOCCER RETURNS TO WEST COAST...
11/11/10
HEADIN' WEST: MORGAN "CAPS" STELLAR CAREER...
11/10/10
IN THE MIDWEST: HAGEN CONTINUES TO NET AWARDS...
11/07/10
GOIN' SOUTH: 20 MORE WPSL STARS RECOGNIZED...
11/06/10
IN THE EAST: OVER 30 WPSL STANDOUTS HONORED...
11/05/10
17 WPSL STARS HONORED BY THE ACC & BIG XII...
10/16/10
ZANELLI INDUCTED INTO USASA HALL OF FAME...
9/28/10
MONTOYA & F.C. GOLD PRIDE WIN WPS CHAMPIONSHIP...
9/25/10
WPSL IN THE 2010 WPS FINAL
8/30/10
FORMER WPSL COACHES HEADLINE WPS PLAYOFF RACE...
8/04/10
2010 ALL-WPSL TEAMS
8/03/10
2010 ALL-BIG SKY & SUNSHINE CONFERENCE TEAMS...
8/01/10
BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES 2, AJAX AMERICA 1...
7/31/10
BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES 2, F.C. MILWAUKEE 1...
7/31/10
AJAX AMERICA 2, OKLAHOMA ALLIANCE F.C. 0...
7/30/10
PLAYER Q&A: Ajax America's Dani Bosio & Shannon...
7/30/10
2010 ALL-PACIFIC TEAMS
7/29/10
PLAYER Q&A: Boston Aztec's Leah Blayney...
7/29/10
2010 ALL-EAST TEAMS
7/28/10
2010 ALL-MIDWEST TEAMS
7/27/10
PLAYER Q&A: F.C. Milwaukee's Laurie Nosbusch...
7/26/10
2010 WPSL FINAL FOUR UPDATE
7/22/10
WPSL POST-SEASON & FINAL FOUR UPDATE...
7/19/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK VII
7/15/10
WPSL MIDWEST PLAYOFFS & VENUE SET...
7/14/10
WPSL EAST QUARTERFINAL TIMES & DATES SET...
7/13/10
THREE CONFERENCE RACES GO DOWN TO THE WIRE...
7/12/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK VI
7/08/10
WPSL POST-SEASON UPDATE
6/28/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK V
6/22/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK IV
6/14/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK III
6/07/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK II
6/04/10
WPSL PREVIEW: FULL STEAM AHEAD
6/03/10
FORMER BOSTON AZTEC STAND-OUTS TAKE THE PITCH FOR WPS SUNDAY...
5/28/10
WPS SUNDAY ON FSC: FORMER WPSL COACH KNOWS OPPOSITION WELL...
5/25/10
WPSL TEAM OF THE WEEK I
5/21/10
WPSL PREVIEW: PACIFIC KICKS OFF...
5/20/10
F.C. ST. GEORGE FINALIZES ROSTER...
5/10/10
NORTH BAY F.C. READY FOR PACIFIC-NORTH...
4/26/10
WPSL PACIFIC-NORTH COMES TO SPOKANE...
4/24/10
BOSTON AZTEC RELEASE 2010 SCHEDULES...
4/22/10
SLSG ELITE ARE SECOND ST. LOUIS WPSL SIDE...
4/20/10
WPSL RETURNS TO METRO-ST. LOUIS AREA...
4/18/10
F.C. MILWAUKEE NATIONALS JOIN WPSL MIDWEST...
4/16/10
MIDWEST APPOINTS NEW COMMISSIONER...
4/14/10
SD UNITED SETTING UP FOR 2010
4/12/10
10 QUESTIONS WITH... BRIAN BOSWELL...
4/08/10
JERSEY SELECT READY TO KICK-OFF FIRST SEASON...
3/26/10
"PASSION" REMAINS IN CONNECTICUT...
2/19/10
10 QUESTIONS WITH... PAUL RILEY...
2/09/10
WPSL TO TEAM UP WITH USASA FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER...
2/06/10
LOS ANGELES F.C. CHELSEA TO JOIN WPSL...
1/29/10
WPSL MIDWEST & CLASSICS HAMMER F.C....
1/28/10
WPSL SUPPORTS WOMEN'S SOCCER IN LOS ANGELES...
1/27/10
CHICAGO ECLIPSE SELECT SLATED FOR WPSL MIDWEST...
1/25/10
EUROSPORT BECOMES SECOND NATIONAL SPONSOR...
1/15/10
23 WPSL STANDOUTS DRAFTED BY WPS TEAMS...
1/14/10
NSCAA CONVENTION, WPS DRAFT & THE WPSL...
1/13/10
WPSL WELCOMES SEACOAST UNITED
1/12/10
THIRD UTAH SIDE JOINS WPSL
1/11/10
WPSL ACTION RETURNS TO MADISON
1/08/10
DALLAS GEARS UP FOR 2010 SEASON...
1/07/10
TENTATIVE 2010 WPSL ALIGNMENT

PLAYER Q&A: Boston Aztec's Leah Blayney

The Australian international has brought her flair to the Breakers Reserves this season

SACRAMENTO, CA (07/29/10) - In 2008 when she was a junior at Central Connecticut State University, Leah Blayney was part of a SoccerPlus CT side that would eventually send nine of their 11 regular starters to Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). Two years later, she is stating her own case to the talent judges of the soccer world, and on her own team.

This Saturday at UT-Dallas in Richardson, TX, the leading overall scorer in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) will lead her Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (10-1-1) teammates against a familiar type of challenge. The semi-pro affiliate of WPS Boston will take on the F.C. Milwaukee Nationals (10-1-0) - a team chock full of collegiate stars - in the first National Semifinal at 5:00 PM (CST).

Boston had their hands full with their "sister" team in Aztec U-23 at the end of the regular season and in the East Conference Semifinal as well, where it took them until the 119th minute of extra-time to win the match. In the East Final, the Breakers Reserves also faced a tough test from a young, athletic & talented college-based team in defending WPSL Champion Long Island and again, the Northeast Division winners would prevail in the final seconds of extra-time.

If anything, such tests could provide to be very useful for the Australian international and her veteran side. Blayney proved to be a scorer earlier this season, and now, the three-time All-Northeast Conference First Team selection and the 2009 NEC MVP has brought an international flair to her teams' offense.

The league got an opportunity to ask Leah a few questions prior to this weekend's action. Stay tuned as we'll announce our 2010 All-East Teams first thing Friday morning:

Q: After being one of the "gang" (so to say) with the impressive 2008 SoccerPlus CT side to being one of the best in the WPSL this season, what have been the key elements to your burgeoning soccer career?
A: I believe that the combination of my experiences both at Central Connecticut State University as well as with SoccerPlus CT of late have contributed greatly to my success this season. Both Mick D'Arcy (CCSU) and Chris Bart-Williams (SoccerPlus CT) have provided me with both excellent playing environments as well as the constant challenge of becoming better. My family have also always been very supportive. They've always believed and have given me confidence.

Q: From netting goals at a historic rate earlier in this season to truly wearing the "#10" jersey, which do you prefer? Being a Wayne Rooney-type of player or one with more of an omnipresent role, like Uruguay's Diego Forlan?
A: Yes. I started out as a forward with the Aztecs. Lately, I have been going between midfield and forward roles of which I'm thoroughly enjoying. Playing more as a midfielder, I now have great teammates not only behind but in front of me as well. We are playing fantastic as a team overall, so that has to be my first preference.

Q: Speaking of soccer players & influences, who are your most favorite players to watch & learn from on both the men's & women's sides?
A: I really enjoy watching a variety of players. The likes of Marta and Messi have to rate right up there. Recently, I've learned from Leslie Osborne of the Boston Breakers. She is a fantastic leader and role model.

Q: What has been the biggest adjustment to make from the college game to the semi-pro/professional levels?
A: [Laughs] Probably not having to rush from class to practice or a test to a game! Another big difference is having to take more responsibility for your own fitness levels and time management.

Q: F.C. Milwaukee has a lot of similarities with the Breakers Reserves "sister" team - Aztec U-23. They're a regional collegiate all-star team who know each other well. Do you think the experience of facing them will help your teams' preparations for this weekend's National Semifinal?
A: We prepare for each team with respect, as all teams have different strengths and weaknesses. Our U-23's were a very good side. If the two teams are anything alike, we can expect a strong performance to also come from F.C. Milwaukee. Saturday's game should be a good match-up!

WPSL NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (10-1-1, East Champion) vs. F.C. Milwaukee Nationals (10-1-0, Midwest Champion)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31 @ 5:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas
Address: 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Ajax America (8-3-1, Pacific Champion) vs. Oklahoma Alliance F.C. (8-1-0, South Champion)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas

WPSL NATIONAL CONSOLATION
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1 @ 10:30 AM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas
Address: 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080

WPSL NATIONAL FINAL
Semifinal #1 WINNER vs. Semifinal #2 WINNER
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1 @ 1:00 PM (CST)
Venue: University of Texas-Dallas

About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL): The WPSL is a 50-plus team national league with five conferences starting in 2010 and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.

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