Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has announced the termination of Boca Raton-based club magicJack franchise, issuing this two-sentence statement:
"After careful consideration, the Board of Governors of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) voted on Tuesday to terminate the Boca Raton based magicJack franchise. WPS will continue to deliver to its players and fans the world’s top women’s soccer league, with plans to make 2012 the most competitive and successful season to date."
The 3-year-old WPS, which barely survived last offseason, now enters the winter with five teams: Boston Breakers, Western New York Flash, Sky Blue of New Jersey, Philadelphia Independence and Atlanta Beat. Since the WPS's launch in 2009, teams in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, St. Louis and Chicago have folded.
Despite the brief statement, Steven Goff writes that the team’s issues were well documented. Owner Dan Borislow bought the club last year and moved it to South Florida from Washington, where it was known as the Freedom. He proceeded to ignore league guidelines and treat many of his players poorly -- behavior that largely overshadowed a team featuring U.S. World Cup stars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe.