In January 2012, Women’s Professional Soccer—struggling through much of its three-year existence—cancelled the season. The announcement left over a hundred players in limbo and facing no viable path to continue their professional careers in the United States.
In the interim, many of the top internationals would be able to focus on their national teams and the upcoming Olympic Games that summer in London. For the rest, a difficult decision awaited. In the wake of now two failed attempts to establish a women’s professional soccer league in America, each player had to ask themselves: Is it worth continuing down this path?
“I was devastated,” Bev Yanez told The Equalizer. “My agent actually called me and told me over the phone just weeks before the league was supposed to start [its next season]. There was already a preseason trip planned to Japan at the time with Sky Blue and I was planning to attend that trip.
“They had already bought the tickets, set the trip up, and [he asked], ‘Do you still want to go?’
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