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music | contents CONTENTS | the THE county COUNTY | feature FEATURE | calendar CALENDAR | Food FOOD | Film FILM | culture CULTURE | MUSIC classiFieds | CLASSIFIEDS | | even won national championships in the pro league.” Until recently, the options for women to play soccer outside of college were minimal. Many times, girls would lose the technique they worked hard to maintain . “The WPSL is a semi-pro league that has a couple of professional teams in it,” Powell says. “We all get our chance to play them, which is the best way to keep the competition high and maintain well-developed skill sets. It’s a good way to keep the college kids play-ing in the summers.” However, the past 15 years has been difficult for the sport. Since 2000, two professional soccer leagues have folded because of a lack of funding. Although a professional women’s soccer league does exist, California doesn’t have a team yet. But, Powell says, there’s talk about an Orange County-based team joining the league next season. “Hopefully, the third time’s the charm,” he says. “Right now, the closest place to Orange County to play professionally is Portland. The word on the street is that there may be a pro team next year here in Orange County. But we still need investors and commit-ments, so it’s still in the works, although it looks like it should happen.” Having a professional women’s soc-cer team based here would solidify the county’s reputation as a global epicenter for the growth of world-class female soccer players. It would also give young players a tangible, real-world example of what happens when you work your ass off. Although the United States Women’s National Team provides that example for youth players, there’s something to be said for watching a team of profession-als in person—and in your hometown. It makes it easier to become inspired and feel a connection to the game, which is exactly what coaches want in players— especially when they’re young. Across the United States, women’s soccer is changing rapidly. Since the ’91 With professional teams on the rise around the country, the future of the women’s game looks competi-tive, which is exactly what’s needed to remain on top. “The women’s game is evolving across the globe,” says Bobak. “We need to make sure that we stay up with the competition.” “The rest of the world is fast approaching in terms of technical abil-ity and tactical awareness,” Swanson argues. “You look at the European “RIGHT NOW, THE CLOSEST PLACE TO ORANGE COUNTY TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY IS PORTLAND,” NEIL POWELL SAYS. “THE WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT THERE MAY BE A PRO TEAM NEXT YEAR HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY. BUT WE STILL NEED INVESTORS AND COMMITMENTS, SO IT’S STILL IN THE WORKS, ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD HAPPEN.” Women’s World Cup, female players on all levels of the game have developed technique and have grown to understand how to play with elegance. Although the U.S. traditionally tends to rely on athletic ability rather than skill when compared to other countries, the country has pro-gressed light years thanks to coaches such as Bobak, Rogers, Morales, Swan-son and Powell. countries, like Germany and England, and it becomes evident how good the rest of the world is going to become.” inishing practice with an abdominal workout, Rogers’ players appear spent. Sweat pours off their brows, and steam, visible in the cold air and sta-dium lighting, rises from their heads. F Several of the young girls yelp as Rogers encourages them to push through the fatigue, to build their mental tough-ness. As soon as Rogers relents, the girls release a unanimous sigh of relief and some of them immediately lie back on the grass. They take their last jog of the evening and collectively begin cool-down stretches. As they do this, Rogers gives them his feedback regarding the night’s training session. “What we want to focus on is spac-ing and angles,” Rogers says. “The more we play, the better we’ll be at judging when to dribble and when to pass the ball.” He quietly emphasizes the importance of tactics, awareness and playing a game of purposeful possession. “We move the ball around to try and find space,” he explains. His young Strikers switch from hamstring stretches to groin stretches to ankle rolls. “We need to focus on how we are going to utilize the space as a team in order to penetrate the defenders and go to goal.” The future stars of women’s soccer pack up and leave. 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