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Sun Sets on Los Angeles Sol: Report

The soccer team is expected to cease operations.



    Sun Sets on Los Angeles Sol: Report
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    Aug. 22, 2009: Marta of the Los Angeles Sol reacts in front of Sharolta Nonen #19 and Lyndsey Patterson #16 after her missed free kick for a goal during extra time against the New Jersey Blue Sky.

    The Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer is expected to announce Friday that it is ceasing operations after one season.

    There was no immediate comment from a league official regarding the team's demise, as reported Thursday on the Los Angeles Times' website.

    The name and contact number of the team's spokesman had been removed from the league's website.

    The Sol is co-owned by AEG, the sports and entertainment presenter whose vast holdings include The Home Depot Center, where the Sol played, and Blue Star LLC, a four-person investment group that included actor Anthony LaPaglia.

    The team announced Jan. 19 that it expected to complete its sale to what it only described as "a new ownership group" by the end of January and that coach Abner Rogers had left the organization.

    The Sol had chosen seven players in the league's college draft Jan. 15 and had scheduled an open tryout for Feb. 6.

    The Sol had a league-best 12-3-5 record during Women's Professional Soccer's inaugural 2009 season, but lost the championship game 1-0 to Sky Blue FC.

    The team's roster included Marta, a Brazilian forward who was named as the Women's World Player of the Year for the past four years by FIFA, soccer's worldwide governing body.

    A dispersal draft is expected to be conducted by the league's remaining eight teams.