HAYWARD (CBS 5 / AP) — The defending champion FC Gold Pride of Women’s Professional Soccer have folded after two years of operation.
The team, which is based in Hayward, said it is disbanding because of slow ticket sales and costly cross-country travel. Its players become free agents Wednesday.
WPS chief executive Anne-Marie Eileraas said it was “disappointing” the club “did not find the level of support it aimed for in its market.”
The league will have six teams next season in Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington and Western New York. A Chicago franchise is seeking investors and hopes to join the league for 2011. The deadline is Dec. 15.
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