Women's Professional Soccer has conditionally approved a team from Western New York as its eighth WPS franchise this past week during a vote by its Board of Governors, WPS announced on Friday two days before its 2010 WPS Championship presented by Citi culminates the 2010 season. The Western New York team, owned by Joe Sahlen, will be based at Sahlen Sports Park, in Elma, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. The team's home games will be split between Rochester, New York, at the 14,000-seat Rochester Rhinos Stadium and the newly-expanded Niagara Field on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, giving WPS six soccer-specific stadiums among its eight teams.
"The league is proud to announce an eighth franchise for the 2011 WPS Season that will play in Western New York," said incoming WPS CEO, Anne-Marie Eileraas. "The Western New York region has a tremendous soccer tradition and the existing infrastructure of the Flash organization will provide a great foundation for this team to flourish in WPS."