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WPS to shift All-Star Game to mid-season

Women’s Professional Soccer is looking to shift its All-Star Game to mid-season, sources told The Equalizer on Thursday.

The move would place the game somewhere in June.  In 2009, the showcase was the last WPS game of the season.  It was played on Sunday, Aug. 30.  The shift would allow the league to take advantage of the promotional value of a one-year countdown to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, sources said.

With the late start to the 2010 season to avoid Easter weekend, fans can also expect the 2010 WPS postseason to run into September, The Equalizer has learned.

Moving the summer showcase to mid-season would place it in line with every other major American sport except for the NFL, which plays the Pro Bowl after the conclusion of the postseason.

The move would set a precedent for the league to play the All-Star Game mid-season every year, which could create some conflict with the Women’s World Cup in 2011.  However, the game could potentially be played immediately after the event as a homecoming of sorts for international players.


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