Successful off-season is highlighted by FIFA's selection of Ghana's Adjoa Bayor to Women's World Stars sideGOSHEN, IN (01/29/07) —
F.C. Indiana of the Midwest Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have had a hectic yet successful off-season the likes of which few teams can boast in the entire world. Complete with the recent signings of two more internationals, a lofty No. 5 world ranking by an independent ranking service and with the scheduling of a full WPSL, U.S. Open Cup and international exhibition slate, the 2005 WPSL National Champions have been hard at work while one of their stars will start her season a bit earlier than her teammates.
F.C. Indiana midfielder Adjoa Bayor
was named to FIFA's World Star Team which will face China in Wuhan, China on April 22nd in a match celebrating the final draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007. The final draw - which will determine the groups for the first stage of the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 - will be held at the Wuhan Guanggu Science & Technology Exhibition Centre the day after the match.
The 26-year-old Bayor was honored by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as the continent's best player in 2003 and was also a finalist for that prestigous award in 2004 and 2006. Adjoa - who has been a key member of "the Queens" since 1997 and has recently helped her country qualify for the 2007 WWC - was recognized for her outstanding contribution for the Queens during the 2003 Women's World Cup in the United States.
"We are very pleased for Adjoa and for the club, and we look forward to her contribution this season," said F.C. Indiana Director of Operations Anton Maksimov
The full FIFA Women's World Stars squad goes as follows: Rachel Brown (England), Bente Nordby (Norway), Laura Georges (France), Monica Gonzalez (Mexico), Katrine S. Pedersen (Denmark), Cheryl Salisbury (Australia), Hiromi Isozaki (Japan), Adjoa Bayor (Ghana), Kristine Lilly (USA), Marta (Brazil), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Mariela Coronel (Argentina), Mia Jackman (New Zealand), Kum Suk Ri (Korea DPR), Cynthia Uwak (Nigeria), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Portia Modise (South Africa).
Recently, they also announced the signings of two more internationals, as Jamaican defender Yolanda Hamilton
and midfielder Omolyn Davis
- both 19 year olds - will further strengthen the 2007 F.C. Indiana squad. The duo join Russian Women's National Team starlet Elena Danilova
and 15-year-old Mexican WNT phenom Charlyn Corral
as new members of the internationally-recognized side, while joining an impressive list of returnees in the likes of University of Notre Dame defender Christie Shaner
, midfielder Fatima Leyva
(Mexico WNT), forward Pati Perez
(Mexico WNT), goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar
(Mexico WNT) and forward Lupita Worbis
"We've followed Hamilton and Davis' progress for about a year," said Head Coach Shek Borkowski
. "Both players come to us with good international pedigrees and are very good technically."
F.C. Indiana will face a difficult 2007 schedule as in addition to its WPSL and U.S. Open Cup schedules, the team will also face the national teams of Ghana and Mexico. The team will also travel to Europe in July to take part in the Vitebsk International Tournament.
More information about F.C. Indiana can be found at http://www.FCIndiana.com. The WPSL is the highest level of women's soccer in the United States and one of the top leagues in the world. The mission is to provide the highest level of women's soccer while simultaneously providing affordable, quality family entertainment and positive role models for our youth.
The Central Florida Strikers of the South Conference will host the WPSL Final Four this July 28-29 at Strikers Stadium at the David Maus Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, FL. In the WPSL, the host team does not automatically qualify for the Final Four. Representatives from the re-vamped North, Midwest, South, Southwest & West Conferences will fight it out this postseason for the right to claim their team as the best of the best in the United States.
The West and Midwest Conference regular season champions will receive automatic bids, while the East, South and Southwest Conferences will undergo knock-out rounds for the remaining two Final Four berths. For more information on the WPSL, visit http://www.wpsl.info or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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