February 16, 2009 9:03 PM
Group seeks WPS franchise for Colorado
Bob Contiguglia, former president of U.S. Soccer, announced Saturday in northern Colorado that he's working with an initiative to land a Women's Professional Soccer franchise in the state by 2011.
Women's Professional Soccer is a seven-team professional league launching this spring.
Contiguglia said the state has a strong fan base, starting with 75,000 youth soccer participants.
"And we have the players," he said, nodding toward Nikki Marshall, a member of the Colorado Force and the Under-20 U.S. women's national team side that won the U-20 World Cup against North Korea last fall.
U.S. national team captain Christie Rampone encouraged the Colorado effort, pointing out that the women's national team drew roughly 15,000 fans last summer when it played Brazil in an exhibition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park one month before the Olympics.
"It was an exciting day, and it was the biggest crowd we played in front of last year," Rampone said. "I know Colorado deserves a WPS team. I know it will be a good fit here."