Soccer Business Bits: WPS Moves On, MLS Cup Hits Toronto & More

After another period of uncertainty and confusion, it appears that WPS is ready for its third season of action.  According to the league’s most recent press release, the league will consist of six teams in 2011.  Included in that six team grouping is Western New York, an expansion team that will have full access to the league’s list of  unprotected players.  Not returning for the third year of play will be defending champion FC Gold Pride.  Chicago has been granted an extension until December 15 to obtain investors and make necessary payments to remain in the league.

MLS Cup is edging closer and the City of Toronto has taken notice.  The local papers are filled with articles about the league and features on the players/teams.  Locations around town are decked out with MLS logos and symbols, and players from the Rapids and FC Dallas have descended upon the City.  Media availability started on Thursday and the teams will continue to have determined periods of media availability throughout the weekend.  Other events include photo-ops, a press conference with the Commish and more.

Some other quick business notes.  Vancouver has signed US international Jay Demerit as their first official player for 2011.  MLS announced that 11 players have graduated from the Generation Adidas program.  These players will now count against the salary cap.

One final note.  We will do business blog of the MLS Cup broadcast on Sunday night.   Let us know your thoughts on the broadcast.