Solo told USA Today, "I do get a little bit angry that there is no season…We filled Wembley Stadium, and you're telling me there is no league to play in? Seems a little bit dated."
The filling Wembley Stadium example is a rather weak one. In Europe, people will attend a soccer match like Americans order fast food; it's a part of their culture. A match featuring Hope Solo in Wembley had to be enticing for a lot of loyal, European soccer fans. In the U.S. it's hard to draw a large crowd to any soccer match, men or women. The L.A. Galaxy, who has the biggest soccer star in the world, David Beckham, has a difficult time getting people in the seats.
A new professional women's league would be great, but who will sponsor it? If soccer fans don't attend the matches, what businesses will attach their names to the league? When young women are done with their college soccer careers they should have the opportunity to carry on playing professionally. It seems like the Olympic team or World Cup team is the only way for exceptional players to play on after college.
With a new professional league there has to be some money coming in from somewhere, and having big names like Hope Solo or Alex Morgan doesn't necessarily mean fans of the U.S. women's squad will buy tickets.
Maybe Hope could take some of her own money and create a league of her own. If she has that much money; I don't know how well her book is doing or how many endorsement deals she has. She would have to partner up with someone who has very deep pockets and happens to be a risk taker. She has the advantage of being the face of women's soccer in the United States.
When Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan take the field for America, they're a strong team, and most Americans know we have a good chance of winning. Americans love a winner on a massive stage like the Olympics or Women's World Cup. A women's soccer league in the U.S. wouldn't have that big dramatic match that the U.S Team finds itself in when they face a Canada or Japan.
The Women's Professional Soccer league folding marks the second failure of an effort to create a U.S. women's soccer league, which leaves Solo and other female players unsigned and anxious.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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