U.S. Soccer would prefer to have Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and the rest of the players on the women's national team playing at home rather than abroad. The hard part is figuring out the best way to make that happen.
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday that the failures of the WUSA and the WPS over the last decade shows that a women's league of full-time professionals isn't yet sustainable.
''Look, it's pretty simple,'' Gulati said. ''An economic model of the sort we've had the last two rounds hasn't worked.''
Among the alternatives being discussed: enhancing one or more of the various semipro leagues in the U.S., or having an extended residency program for the U.S. national team players with a schedule of 25-30 games per year. Both have their pros and cons, related to development of talent both short-term and long-term.
The Americans play Japan for the Olympic gold medal Thursday and will have a celebration tour back home afterward - around 10 games if they...