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WPS Expansion Teams in Atlanta, Philadelphia Acquire Playing Rights to International Players

September 22, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) News Release

SAN FRANCISCO (September 22, 2009) - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the results of its WPS International Draft for expansion teams on Tuesday, officially assigning the WPS-playing rights of those selected by the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. Each expansion team was allowed to draft the rights to five international players, providing them with the opportunity to begin a formal negotiation process with each selected player upon receiving permission from that player's current club. For the 2010 season, teams will ultimately be allowed to sign up to five international players per roster while holding the WPS-playing rights to a sixth international player.

Of the 10 picks in the draft, eight European players were selected including three from Sweden, two from England and one apiece from Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The results of the 2010 WPS International Draft:

Selection Player Position Country
1.) Philadelphia Caroline Seger M Sweden
2.) Atlanta Ramona Bachmann F Switzerland
3.) Philadelphia Charlotte Rohlin D Sweden
4.) Atlanta Johanna Rasmussen F Denmark
5.) Philadelphia Hoìlmfriìdur Magnuìsdoìttir M Iceland
6.) Atlanta Mami Yamaguchi M Japan
7.) Philadelphia Fara Williams M England
8.) Atlanta Maurine Dorneles Goncalves M Brazil
9.) Philadelphia Lianne Sanderson F England
10.) Atlanta Therese Sjogran M Sweden

The draft does not reflect any intent or commitment on the player's behalf to sign with a WPS team or that any offer has been made to the player. Rather, it signifies the beginning of the process by which each team will move forward according to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. These regulations govern the relationships between players and clubs around the world.

About Women's Professional Soccer (WPS)

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) is the premier women's soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women's professional sports are measured. The Inaugural Season kicked off in March 2009 with seven WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The league's eighth and nine franchises, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will begin play in the 2010 WPS Season, which begins March 2010. For more information, visit

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