SBD/January 6, 2011/Franchises

WPS Approves Washington Freedom To Play Home Games In Florida

The WPS BOG has "approved the Washington Freedom's request to play some home matches in South Florida this season, increasing the likelihood that the franchise will leave" the DC area altogether, according to Steve Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. Freedom Owner Dan Borislow, who bought the team in November, "lives in Florida and operates a communications business there." WPS Dir of Communications Rob Penner said that the league has granted Borislow "approval to play some games in Florida for 'trial purposes,' contingent on the team identifying a stadium that meets league standards." It remains unclear "how many, if any, games would be played" at Maryland SoccerPlex, the Freedom's home for the first two WPS seasons. Maryland SoccerPlex Exec Dir Trish Heffelfinger said that the franchise's "office lease at the facility expires Feb. 8 and the club has indicated it does not plan to extend it." Goff noted "only one Freedom employee is still based there." In addition, Borislow "plans to re-brand the franchise with the name of one of his business products." The Freedom are one of only three original WPS teams that "remain in business," along with Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers (, 1/5).
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