SAN FRANCISCO (March 17, 2009) – Women’s Professional Soccer today announced that its Board of Governors has approved awarding its eighth franchise to the Philadelphia ownership group, Philadelphia Women’s Pro Soccer LLC, led by David Halstead and Matthew Driver, which will begin play in the 2010 WPS Season. Philadelphia, joining in on the Inaugural Season festivities, will reveal its team name at a special downtown ceremony in April 2009.
“In the midst of all the build-up for our Inaugural Season, we are proud to approve Philadelphia as our eighth franchise and to bring WPS to Philadelphia in 2010,” said Tonya Antonucci, WPS Commissioner. “It’s a testament to the framework that we have put in place that new investment groups and passionate owners are excited about the opportunity to be a part of this league for our second season and help WPS grow in the coming years and beyond.”
“We are excited for Philadelphia to be joining WPS for the 2010 season, where together we will enjoy great soccer from world-class athletes,” said Philadelphia President and CEO, David Halstead. “My partner, Matt Driver, has put together an outstanding grass roots soccer organization. This organization, combined with the support from the Philadelphia communities, our MLS partners, and distinctive coaching staff, will serve as a tremendous foundation for our team to be the envy of the League.”
“We’ve been looking forward to launching this franchise for a long time… the Philadelphia community is eager for and deserving of pro soccer,” said Driver. “We believe we can build and sustain a passionate fan base through lots of involvement from this soccer-loving community, and terrific play by our team. Nick Sakiewicz and Philadelphia MLS have provided great support to us as we have gotten this franchise off the ground – it will be an exciting and unique partnership.”
Halstead is the President and CEO of Halstead Global LLC, a business-consulting firm providing market analysis, strategic and performance planning, and management assistance to growing commercial organizations. As a partner at the Bradson Corporation from 1991-2007, Halstead earned a reputation for creating and sustaining effective corporate leadership teams, long-standing and profitable customer relationship programs, winning business development strategies, and disciplined internal processes.