The Atlanta Beat need to improve their scoring, so the team went with UCLA star forward Sydney Leroux as its the No. 1 pick in the WPS draft of college seniors on Friday.
The U.S. star tells espnW she hopes the league's legal and sanctioning issues will be resolved soon.
The WPS playoffs are only one game away from the final, with magicJack and the Independence squaring off Saturday in the super semifinal.
If you liked the World Cup, check out these playoffs -- many of the players are the same.
From Japan's surprising victory to the missed opportunities and what ifs, here is what we learned from three weeks of beautiful soccer in Germany.
In an epic game, Japan rallies twice to beat the U.S. winning the World Cup for a nation reeling from natural disasters.
The 2011 women have more options than their '99 counterparts, and with a win Sunday, hopefully the next generation will have even more.
After three weeks, 30 matches and countless nail-biting moments, here's what to know before the U.S.-Japan final (2 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Radio).
Frustrated by its play in the semifinals against Japan, Sweden hopes to rebound with a victory in the third-place game.
The Japanese midfielder sparks her team, captivates her country and has earned respect and admiration from her opponents as well.
Playing together and playing for their country has spurred the Japanese on an amazing run.
Thomas Dennerby thinks scoring will be a problem for Japan against a "very solid, powerful" U.S. team. His squad is the only one to face the U.S. and Japan.
A 3-1 win over Sweden puts Japan in the World Cup final for the first time and gives the still-recovering country something to feel good about.
espnW editor Joanne Gerstner takes viewers on a tour of the grounds of the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium, where Team USA and Japan will face off in the tournament's final on Sunday.
The Japanese come from an emotional place, hoping to uplift their devastated country. The Swedes have been to the World Cup final once and are driven to return.
Sweden, France, Japan and the U.S. have survived four tough games. How much is left their tanks? Here are five storylines to watch in Wednesday's semifinals.