Philadelphia to begin play in 2010

[WPS] Women's Professional Soccer awarded its eighth franchise to Philadelphia, which will begin play in 2010.

The Philadelphia ownership group, Philadelphia Women's Pro Soccer LLC, is led by David Halstead and Matthew Driver.

Halstead will as president and chief executive officer while Driver, a former New England Revolution assistant, will be head coach and general manager.

The Philadelphia team hopes to play in the stadium being built in Chester, Pa., for the MLS team also scheduled to begin play in 2010.

"My partner, Matt Driver, has put together an outstanding grass roots soccer organization," said Halstead. "This organization, combined with the support from the Philadelphia communities, our MLS partners, and distinctive coaching staff, will serve as a tremendous foundation for our team to be the envy of the league."

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