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WPS CEO Stresses Importance Of League Retaining Division I Status
Published December 2, 2011
The USSF BOG met on Nov. 20 and gave WPS a 15-day extension to find a sixth team, but a USSF rep said the deadline is not a hard one. O’Sullivan said the league will either try to find a sixth team or try and convince the USSF BOG that the league can operate with five teams. “We continue to have positive discussions with U.S. Soccer and explore which options we have to maintain the status,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ve always said it’s not about the number of teams but about growing the league the right way.” Atlanta Beat Owner T. Fitz Johnson said the Division I status is needed to legitimize the league in the eyes of top players and partners. Johnson said the league is speaking with potential ownership groups in Detroit, Connecticut and Northern and Southern California.