San Diego WFC opens its 2004 home season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this Sunday at 11:00 a.m., when the SeaLions face the Las Vegas Tabagators, at Hoover High School. Ticket prices are: $5 Adult, $3 Youth (7-16), and children 6 and under Free. Directions to Hoover High School Stadium, go east on El Cajon Blvd. off of I-15.Turn Left on Highland Ave. Field is located at the end of Highland Ave.
Top-flight women’s soccer returns to San Diego, with a twist the players aren’t being paid. But San Diego WFC, like the other WPSL teams, expects to suit up several former WUSA players this year, including Mandy Clemens (San Jose Cyberrays), Margaret Tietjen & Melissa Moore (Philadelphia Charge), Allie Sullivan (SD Spirit), and Sherice Anders (Boston Breakers/SD Spirit).
Anders attended USD, and Clemens attended University High School and currently coaches soccer at La Jolla High, while Sullivan, who played her college soccer at the University of California - Berkeley, grew up in Encinitas.
“The WPSL is the highest level of amateur women’s soccer in the United States,” says Jerry Zanelli, WPSL commissioner and GM of the WPSL’s California Storm. “Last summer our Select team (featuring San Diego’s Lorena Snyder and Michele Wagner) played the Ghana National Team to a draw in preparation for the Women’s World Cup.” Indeed, in 1999 San Diego WFC was asked to travel to Mexico City to help the Mexican National Team prepare for the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
The SeaLions’ roster is packed with former NCAA Division I starters, including SDSU’s Snyder (WPSL Most Valuable Goalkeeper in 1999), Wisconsin midfielder Erica Strey, Duke’s Amanda Lehr, Christy Callier, a forward from USC, and Portland’s Maria Schierman. Also seeing action will be Costa Rica Youth National Team member Amanda Esquivel.
San Diego WFC was founded in 1987 and is a charter member of the WPSL, which was formed in 1998. In 2000 the WFC won the WPSL Championship, after consecutive second-place finishes 1998 and 1999. In 2001 the WFC became a sponsored developmental team of the WUSA’s San Diego Spirit, sending several players to the professional club.
The WPSL is an independent national league of 20 teams in 12 states, including California, Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, and Rhode Island. It is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of FIFA and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The WPSL makes every effort to foster and support quality soccer at all levels of the community.