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Canada, New Zealand first commitments to LA Viking Cup

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Canada and New Zealand are the first two teams to commit to the 2012 Los Angeles Viking Cup, a women’s soccer tournament hosted by the LA Vikings of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, which will take place this fall.

The tournament aims to pit top national teams from around the world against a competitive LA Vikings squad that will employ a mix of professional players.

Sweden, intially thought to be a possible participant, has ruled itself out of the competition. So too have Germany and England, with all three citing either scheduling or budget issues, according to LA Vikings President Robert P. Kleinberger. Commitments are due by June 15.

Kleiberger said teams from Central America and Asia are also interested in the tournament, which will run from No. 21-Dec. 2. Tentatively, the tournament is scheduled to feature two groups of four teams.

IN WPSL ELITE NEWS, the New England Mutiny announced the signing of their first five players for their 2012 squad. The group includes former Vancouver Whitecaps player Ciara McCormack, who played collegiately at Yale. She has been a member of the Republic of Ireland’s national team since 2008.

JORDAN ANGELI, who had a breakout 2010 rookie season with the Boston Breakers before blowing out her ACL in the first game of 2011, is back to jogging as she continues her recovery. Angeli scored seven goals and added three assists in 2010. She led all rookies in goals and had the best scoring percentage in WPS. She scored on half of her 14 shots.

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