The Women’s Professional Soccer league folded today. Technically, it didn’t really fold–the press release called it a hiatus until 2013 to resolve the league’s legal issues with the rogue former owner of magicJack (formerly the Washington Freedom)–but effectively the league will never come back. WPS will have been out of the public eye too long, there will be a talent drain for other leagues, and after two failures in two decades, a new women’s football top league will probably not come around again.
I am feeling such raw grief right now. I don’t understand why women’s football cannot make it in this country. The level of talent is astonishing, and there should be an audience. If the WNBA can attract fans, why couldn’t the WPS? The 2011 World Cup proved to the larger world that the women’s game is highly skilled and intense. I see no reason why a women’s league could not be as pleasurable as the MLS, perhaps even more so. It just needed to grow.
So why didn’t they come?