St. Louis' women's pro soccer team Athletica folds

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 10:15 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis franchise in the Women's Professional Soccer league is no more.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Athletica have folded roughly two weeks after its main London investors stopped funding the team. That left the team almost $1 million in debt and unable to cover payroll and operations.

The WPS's board had considered taking over the Athletica but decided the operational hurdles and finances just didn't work out.

The Athletica had become one of the top teams in the world of women's soccer, finishing second in its inaugural season. Its roster included some of the world's premier players, including U.S. national team midfielder Lori Chalupny, goalie Hope Solo and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

The Athletica were last in the eight-team league this season in attendance.


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Mal Reynolds May 28, 2010 | 11:55 a.m.

I think the most surprising fact I gathered from this story is that there's a Women's Pro Soccer league at all.


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