ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Athletica of Women's Professional Soccer has folded because of financial problems.
The team made the announcement on its website Thursday, blaming a "funding crisis" that left the team without enough money to end the 2010 WPS season. The team said its players would be available as free agents June 1.
The announcement said WPS will reconfigure the remaining 2010 schedule as a seven-team league.
WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said the league and U.S. Soccer considered other options, but "a severe funding gap in St. Louis," forced the franchise to close.
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