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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 7, 2012 Page 7 by Angela Cornacchio .... Last Wednesday, U.S. Soc- cer Federation president Sunil Gulati revealed that the new league will launch in April of 2013 with eight clubs in the following major cities: Boston, New Jersey, Western New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle and Port- land. Two previous professional leagues ultimately folded, the WUSA which ran from 2000-2003 and most recently the WPS from 2009-2011. The sport has time and again shown it can draw large numbers of fans in the stands and also on television for the World Cup and Olym- pics, but women's soccer has yet to fmd a steady ground as a professional sport in the U.S. The formation of the new league means that U.S. Soccer will essentially run the front office. With a vested interest to ensure national team players have somewhere to play lead- ing up to the 2015 World Cup, they plan to create a viable economic model. The teams will still be privately owned but the Federation will pay the salaries of 24 national team play- ers. U.S. Soccer has a handshake agreement with one na- tional sponsor and is looking into a television deal. After discussions over the last several months, it has been con- firmed that the Canadian Soccer Association is partnering with the new model and the Mexican Federation is doing the same. Currently the U.S. is the only setup with no affili- ation to the men's side. In Europe, women's programs are a spin off from the men's, holding the same name and spon- sors. There will be at least one MLS ownership group in- volved in the launch of 2013 and a chance there may be more. The Portland Timbers issued a statement they will be partnering with U.S. Soccer to operate the local franchise. With so much new progression we here in Boston have al- ways had a strong organization. Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole commented, "We are looking forward to being a part of the new league. It is again an exciting time for women's professional soccer here in the U.S." The Break- ers will once again play their home games at Dilboy Sta- dium in Somerville. Last season in WPSL Elite, the Break- ers sold out all seven home games for a total attendance over 15,000 and they won the regular season championship. To learn more about the Breakers and purchase tickets, visit www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com or call 781-619-9337. With all going on in sports today; the lock-outs, scandals and players' outrageous demands, one thing remains clear, these women have amazing commitment to their sport. They hold true to the definition of an athlete and play for the love of the game. With a nation just catching on, a league folding several times this country can still say, "We are the best." Players like Abby Wambach becoming a household name, Alex Morgan being the girl next door and captain Christie Rampone, a 37 year-old mother of two, being the global brand for this sport, it seems Adidas said it best, "Impossible is Nothing." 00ATORDAY, DECEMBET00 15 Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Mrs. Murphy... As I See We wish Mayor What's hot and what's not. Tom Menino good Jewelry and electronics are ji  ;,  health in time to enjoy the holi- days and open his Christmas presents! ... We're now offi- cially into the Christmas season. Soon East Boston will be decorated and lit for the holiday. Elite Donut in Day Square has already deco- rated. A lovely lit Christmas tree adorns the entrance. Once inside, you can listen to Christmas carols playing and admire Christmas deco- rations that put you in the holiday mood. If you're look- ing for some good food, with a cup of Christmas cheer, Elite is the order of the day ... Kudos to State Rep. Carlo Basile who sponsors a suc- cessful Thanksgiving din- ner from soup to nuts every year ... Anyone wondering where to buy your delicious goodies and pastries for the holiday, you can begin with Spinelli's Pastry shop in Day Square ... In case you're interested in having a Christmas party, here are some suggestions, Spinelli's Function Facilities, Kelley's Pub and Ecco Restaurant are excellent recommendations ... Looking for electronics and jewelry, try Pericola,s Gift Shop on Bennington Street. Folks what I'm say- ing is, "you don't have to look outside you home town" to find the gift of your choice, everything is a few steps away to make your holiday less stressful and an enjoy- able one ... Electric bikes are HOT! People in Europe and the Far East have chosen to travel by electric bikes. China, Germany and Italy have the fastest growing electric bike markets in the world. Soon those in United States who follow overseas trends will be seeing lots of electric bikes on the road ... always a good gift, while clothing appears to be a gift of the past! ... Did you know that in the Federal Election for President a non regis- tered, nonresident living abroad is allowed to vote just because they're a United States citizen! But the aver- age citizen who doesn't keep up their active voter's status by not answering the annual census will not be allowed to vote! However, rules are always broken by corrupt states who turn the other cheek by allowing illegals and people who have never filled out a census report to use phony ID's and vote more than once, I must addl It's fine with politicians who are seeking the backing of those dependent on govern- ment checks[ Massachu- setts invites illegals and those dependent on gov- ernment aid, because they always vote Democrat ... Massachusetts is probably among the most corrupt states in the country. It's now become a one party state (Democrat). Where people seeking to live off the system find their way here! Although, the latest consen- sus is many liberal loonies are crossing over the border into New Hampshire and turning New Hampshire into Sap "Thank You" for Your Generosity I would, once again, like to thank everyone who made the Robert Sorrentino Fundraiser on October 27 th such a success. I was over- whelmed by all the won- derful donations and by the fantastic attendance at the event. I'd especially like to send a special thank you to Donato Frattaroli, of Lucia's Ristorante in Boston and Winchester, for his very generous do- nation. It's nice to know that our community is one that can always be counted on to donate to these important causes! l IE DIAMONDS ROLEX STATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. ,Jim (617) 263-7766 /t a duplicate of Massachu- setts. People who fled Mas- sachusetts for relief are singing the blues because they find the liberal loonies they escaped from are now living in their back yards ... Heard Winthrop Town Hall recently hired a Building Facility Manager with no budget and no ability to up- keep their Municipal build- ings. What are they think- ing???? It appears as if Winthrop Town Hall may be as corrupt as City Halls in larger communitiesl ... Some fans of Eastie's Jimmy Rosselli, the man with the golden voice, missed his gig at Antonio's Restaurant on Revere Beach Boulevard re- cently and want to know when and where he will be performing next. I'll try and get an update! ... Being a Meter Maid in Boston is a dangerous job, complain Meter Maids. Many of them are harassed by disgruntled people who are violating the law. The job must be a good paying one because there aren't too many Meter Maids that are quitting the posi- tion, "if any"! ... 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