W-League signs national team stars Lilly and Keller

U.S. women's national team stars Kristine Lilly and Debbie Keller have signed with the USISL's W-League and will play for the Delaware Genies of the W-1 Division this season. "At our annual meetings last November, our W-1 owners collectively set their sights on signing the best female players in the United States," said USISL president and W-League commissioner Francisco Marcos. "We are pleased that our owners made the financial commitments necessary to dramatically raise the quality of the W-League." National team commitments will keep Lilly and Keller away from the team through May, but the pair is expected to join the Genies in time for their June 6 match against Hampton Roads. The W-League has now signed 14 current or former U.S. women's national team players for the 1998 season

W-League Signings

Name W-League Team Expected Debut
Michelle Akers (F/MF) Tampa Bay Extreme May 15 vs. Raleigh
Robin Confer (F) Raleigh Wings June 6 at Columbus
Amanda Cromwell (MF) Tampa Bay Extreme May 15 vs. Raleigh
Tracy Ducar (GK) Raleigh Wings June 6 at Columbus
Wendy Gebauer (D) Raleigh Wings May 15 at Tampa Bay
Debbie Keller (F) Delaware Genies June 6 vs. Hampton Roads
Kristine Lilly (MF) Delaware Genies June 6 vs. Hampton Roads
Jen Mead (GK) Boston Renegades June 13 at Charlotte
Natalie Neaton (F) Denver Diamonds June 6 at Orlando
Carla Overbeck (D) Raleigh Wings June 6 at Columbus
Christie Pearce (D) Buffalo Ffillies June 6 at Long Island
Thori Staples (D) Raleigh Wings May 15 at Tampa Bay
Sara Whalen (D/MF/F) Long Island Lady Riders June 6 vs. Buffalo
Kim Wyant (GK) Long Island Lady Riders May 16 vs. Boston
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