Analysis and Game Recap by John Wingspread Howell
This is my third season covering the Western New York Flash, and the third league in which they’ve played during my coverage. The vibe at Sahlen’s Stadium was definitely major league this time, a little more even than during their WPS season and definitely more than their NPSL ELite season last year.
Fans want to feel like they are in a major league setting. They need the ambiance to match the level of play on the field. Otherwise, there is something lacking i the experience. When the Flash joined WPS, they chose to pay Marta nearly a half million dollars but still scrimped on the programs. Their game day programs were high school quality. Embarrassing.
They were forced to have a decent website because WPS had a single web system that every team had to buy into. Team management resented that, but the rule saved them from themselves at least where the website was concerned.
This year, ironically, the programs and team guide were print...