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Breakers Exploring WPSL or W-League for ’12

Meghan Klingenberg is among the recent Breakers' signings that were affected by the recent decision to suspend the 2012 WPS season (Photo: Chris Aduama/

In the wake of the decision to suspend the 2012 WPS season, the Boston Breakers announced on Monday that they exploring “other options” for fielding a team this year.

Shortly after the league suspended operations this season, the team issued a statement on its home page that while the organization remains committed to restarting WPS, they would not rule out the possibility of entering the team into the Women’s Premier Soccer League of the USL-sponsored W-League for 2012.

“(W)e are exploring other options so that we can put a team out on the field in 2012, possibly in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) or the USL W-League,” advised the release.

WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli told espnW he would welcome any WPS franchises for the upcoming season.

“As a women-only soccer league, it would be very appropriate for them to join us intact, as an elite arm of the WPSL, since we already have pro teams playing,” Zanelli told espnW.

Additionally, Breakers co-owner Michael Stoller said that the team is open to playing Dan Borislow’s magicJack squad in an exhibition match.

“If we are playing and Dan has a team and there is a way a game could be played, then we’d be happy to do so,” Stoller told espnW. “There’s a lot of work to do for each of us to accomplish that, so it is hard to plan anything right now. But again, yes, if possible we’d do that.”

The Breakers are one of three WPS sides that have publicly stated their desire to find a way to field a team in 2012. The 2011 league champion Western New York Flash and Sky Blue FC have both advised that that they are looking to compete this year.

A message on the Flash website indicated that they are “hopeful” that they can put together a team while WPS operations are suspended.

“Our organization will contact US based leagues to apply for admission for competition in 2012.  In cooperation with the appropriate league we would like to organize and be part of an elite/pro division to compete in,” said the organization in a statement. “We are hopeful that the Flash continuing to play in 2012 will serve as a link between the 2011 and proposed 2013 season.”

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