Elise Weber & the Chicago Red Stars can solidify their post-season hopes in the WPSL Midwest Conference this weekendSACRAMENTO, CA (07/01/11) -
In the spirit of the holiday weekend, there will be plenty of "friendly" action in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
but there will still be a full share of spirited competition with over 25 matches kicking off this weekend. The coverage of the Women's World Cup in Germany still gives soccer fans plenty of opportunities to see some of the future stars in the game of women's soccer.
While the Pacific Conference will see the North Division teams travel south for a series of friendlies versus South Division competition, the Midwest, Sunshine and Big Sky Conferences will see important match-ups that will determine playoff positions. With two wins this weekend, the Chicago Red Stars (4-1-0 Mid-North) can clinch a spot in the 4-team Midwest playoffs after their 4-2 victory over defending conference champions F.C. Milwaukee (4-2-1 Mid-North), and will essentially play both matches at "home."
On Saturday, the Red Stars will host the first of two matches open to the public at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, 5700 College Road, in west suburban Lisle, IL. Chicago will take on the Iowa Rush (2-4-2 Mid-North) at 5:15 PM tomorrow afternoon and will host the Minnesota Kings F.C. (2-4-2 Mid-North) at 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 10th.
Tickets are $10 for general admission seating, and $15 for the July 2 doubleheader that includes a match between Chicago-based Eclipse Select (1-1-2 Mid-North) and Minnesota Kings F.C., followed by the Red Stars/Iowa Rush. For more information, visit www.ChicagoRedStars.com
and click on the Tickets menu. This Sunday, Chicago will take on Eclipse Select in a potential play-off clincher for the Red Stars.
There are four teams still in contention for the Sunshine Conference title, and with two wins this weekend, the Gulf Coast Texans (5-2-1 Sunshine) can put themselves in prime position with two games remaining. Out of the all the teams in the conference, Brandon F.C. (3-2-0 Sunshine) have the most games in hand, and technically-speaking, if they win out they can capture the title and face the Midwest champion for the WPSL National Championship berth.
In the Big Sky-South Division, defending conference champions Oklahoma Alliance F.C. (8-1-0 Big Sky-South) have only one opponent left who can challenge their claim to this season's division title - F.C. Dallas (3-1-0 Big Sky-South). With two home matches this weekend on Dr. Pink Field at Pizza Hut Park and another two postponed matches to re-schedule, they are the only team that can catch up with OAFC. The division title could come down to the matchup at Dr. Pink Field on Sunday, July 17th between the two sides.
For the full lineup of matches in the WPSL in your area this weekend, see below:Friday, July 1, 2011Away Team, Home Team - Time @ Venue [Conference - Division]
Minnesota Kings F.C. at Madison 56ers - 6:30 PM @ Breese Stevens [Midwest - North]
Tulsa Spirit at F.C. Dallas - 7:00 PM @ Pizza Hut Park [Big Sky - South]
F.C. St. George at Phoenix Del Sol - 7:00 PM @ Reach 11 [Big Sky - North]
Portland Rain U-23 at Oregon Rush - 7:00 PM @ Summit H.S. [Northwest]
Spokane Shine at Portland Rain - 7:00 PM @ Buckman Field Complex [Northwest]Saturday, July 2, 2011Away Team, Home Team - Time @ Venue [Conference - Division]
BuxMont Torch F.C. at ASA Chesapeake Charge - 7:00 PM @ Arundel H.S. [East - Mid-Atlantic]
Brandon F.C. at Palm Beach United - 6:30 PM @ Seacrest Soccer Complex [Sunshine]
Gulf Coast Texans at FSA Freedom - 8:00 PM @ Florida Soccer Alliance [Sunshine]
Minnesota Kings F.C. at Eclipse Select - 3:00 PM @ Lisle-Benedictine Univ. Sports Complex [Midwest - North]
Iowa Rush at Chicago Red Stars - 5:15 PM @ Lisle-Benedictine Univ. Sports Complex [Midwest - North]
Portland Rain U-23 at Oregon Rush - 1:00 PM @ Summit H.S. [Northwest]
Spokane Shine at Portland Rain - 1:00 PM @ Buckman Field Complex [Northwest]
Bay Area Breeze at Ajax America Women - 3:30 PM @ Nansen Field [Friendly]
West Coast Wildkatz at Claremont Stars - 5:00 PM @ Claremont H.S. [Friendly]
North Bay F.C. Wave at Los Al Vikings - 5:00 PM @ Long Beach City College [Friendly]
California Storm at Orange County Waves - 6:00 PM @ Orange Coast College [Friendly]
Clovis Sidekicks at Los Angeles Premier F.C. - 6:00 PM @ La Canada H.S. [Friendly]
San Francisco Nighthawks at San Diego SeaLions - 7:30 PM @ Cathedral Catholic H.S. [Friendly]Sunday, July 3, 2011Away Team, Home Team - Time @ Venue [Conference - Division]
Gulf Coast Texans at Florida Sol F.C. - 12:00 PM @ Clay Conty S.C. [Sunshine]
Palm Beach United at FSA Freedom - 7:30 PM @ Florida Soccer Alliance [Sunshine]
Chicago Red Stars at Eclipse Select - 4:15 PM @ N/A [Midwest - North]
Arkansas Comets at F.C. Dallas - 2:00 PM @ Pizza Hut Park [Big Sky - South]
Clovis Sidekicks at Claremont Stars - 11:00 AM @ Claremont H.S. [Friendly]
West Coast Wildkatz at Los Al Vikings - 1:00 PM @ Long Beach City College [Friendly]
California Storm at San Diego SeaLions - 2:00 PM @ Cathedral Catholic H.S. [Friendly]
San Francisco Nighthawks at Ajax America Women - 2:00 PM @ Nansen Field [Friendly]
North Bay F.C. Wave at Los Angeles Premier F.C. - 4:00 PM @ La Canada H.S. [Friendly]
Bay Area Breeze at Orange County Waves - 6:00 PM @ Orange Coast College [Friendly]About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL):
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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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