Dec. 17, 2008
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) League will hold its final combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., December 18-21, 2008, before the inaugural season kicks off on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The Florida State women’s soccer program will be well represented as three Seminoles will take part in the combine down in South Florida. The three participates include seniors Sarah Wagenfuhr and Erika Sutton and volunteer assistant coach Lydia Vandenbergh.
Invites to the combine were awarded by an invitation-only process by members of the WPS Coaches Committee. A maximum of 72 players, including graduating college seniors who have exhausted their eligibility following the conclusion of the 2008 season and other national and international talent from the W-League and WPSL, will participate in the combine down in Ft. Lauderdale beginning Thursday.
During the combine, the players will undergo general training and physical testing and will be assigned to specific teams with the opportunity to play in three games over the course of three days.
The 2009 WPS Draft will take place January 16 in St. Louis, Mo., at the NSCAA Convention.
The Women’s Professional Soccer League is the highest level of women’s professional soccer in North America. Formed in September 2007 as a result of the efforts of the Women’s Soccer Initiative, Inc., WPS consists of seven teams across the country.
The markets for the 2009 season are Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The WPS will expand to Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia in 2010 and will continue to explore additional potential franchises for 2010 and beyond.
Former Florida State All-American standout India Trotter was selected by St. Louis in the WPS General Draft on October 6. Trotter, who played at Florida State from 2003-06, was the first player picked by St. Louis in the general draft (Second round, 14th overall pick).