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Tuesday News and Notes: Borislow not gone yet, Atlanta makes signings official

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Just when you thought WPS was in the clear to move forward with five teams, there is further drama in the WPS-Dan Borislow court case. Monday’s Palm Beach County Circuit Court ruling is a small victory for Borislow, the former magicJack team owner, but it could be the start of a big problem for the league. If Borislow wins his case for reinstatement, it could be the end of WPS. To repeat, the league could fold if Borislow re-enters. That is according to Beau Dure, who obtained this statement from WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan:

“WPS owners took several measures to rectify the situation before making the difficult decision to dismiss Mr. Borislow from the League. If the court rules to reinstate the franchise, my fear is that ownership will seriously consider folding the League, thus ending professional soccer for women in the United States.”

The Atlanta Beat made official on Monday the signings of U.S. international and former Boston Breakers defenders Rachel Buehler and Amy LePeilbet. The duo should greatly improve Atlanta’s defense, which gave up a league-worst 32 goals last season. Atlanta will have to figure out how to cope without the duo when Buehler and LePeilbet are away on international duty.

Atlanta and Sky Blue FC also made official on Tuesday the trade that will send the Beat’s No. 4-overall pick to Sky Blue FC in exchange for Sky Blue FC’s No. 10-overall pick and Sky Blue FC’s 2013 first round pick.

A report out of Sweden states that 2011 WPS MVP Vero Boquete has signed with Tyreso, but, as Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley has maintained, will play with Philadelphia this summer.

Here is a link to see how coaches, captains and media around the world voted for World Player of the Year, which Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa won yesterday. There are always some interesting – if not amusing – votes.


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