"Some WPS players will look for jobs in Europe — top clubs in Sweden, Germany and France are professional. Players who aren’t tied to their WPS clubs, should the teams compete elsewhere in 2012, will be looking for places to play, and the 27-team W-League and 76-team WPSL include fully professional teams.

Several L.A.-area clubs will be destinations: The Orange County Waves won the WPSL title last year; the Pali Blues possess two W-League titles; the WPSL’s L.A. Vikings and W-League’s Santa Clarita Blue Heat and L.A. Strikers have growing aspirations.

“I’ve already spoken to several [players],” Pali Blues coach Charlie Naimo, who was the L.A. Sol’s general manager, said a few hours after the WPS announcement. “Right now they’re heavy-hearted, they need to take a break and are disappointed, and they’re going to find the environment that helps them stay on top of their game. I don’t think there will be a lot of options to go play for money.”

Pali is an amateur club, which enables it to use players with college eligibility. The Waves are semipro but working out thorny financial issues. The Vikings, Blue Star and longtime WPSL amateur power Ajax America could be attractive for players. So could San Diego’s WPSL sides."

WPS: What is the impact on L.A.? - A California-centric but overall good piece on how WPSL may absorb a lot of WPS players this season


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