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Chicago Riot signs Anthony Maher

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A release from Charlie Corr of the Chicago Riot:

The Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced the signing of target forward Anthony Maher. He will be available for Friday's game in Nebraska against the Omaha Vipers, Saturday's game at Milwaukee and the Riot's next home match at 6 p.m. Sunday against the Missouri Comets.

"Anthony is a proven player who is a big, strong target," Riot Head Coach Jeff Kraft said, in a release. "He is a guy who is going to get in there and fight to get goals for us."

Maher has scored 117 goals in 177 games during his nine-year MISL career. In 2009-2010, Maher tallied 11 goals and three assists with the Philadelphia KiXX.

The Cape May, N.J., native played two seasons with the KiXX, scoring 26 goals in 26 games. Maher also has played for the Milwaukee Wave, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, Kansas City Comets and Cleveland Force.

The veteran forward scored a career-best 28 goals in the 2003-2004 season with Kansas City, which named him its Newcomer of the Year. He also was the Cleveland Force Rookie of the Year in 2002-2003 after posting eight goals and seven assists in 35 games.

"I am extremely excited to represent the Chicago Riot in their inaugural season," Maher said. "I firmly believe the players, Coach Kraft and the front office staff are committed to making this season a special one. I look forward to bringing my work ethic and passion for the game to the Chicago Riot."

Maher also is an accomplished outdoor player, starting his professional soccer career with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division in 2002 and also playing one season with Milwaukee Wave United in the USL A-League for the 2004-2005 season. He signed with the Syracuse Salty Dogs in 2006, where he scored nine goals in 26 games and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year.

In 2007, Maher signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division and scored the team's lone goal in an overtime semifinal loss to Major League Soccer's New England Revolution in the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Maher is a graduate of Mercyhurst College, where he was an NCAA Division II All-American in 2001, as well as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

Women's Professional Soccer set for 2011

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A Women's Professional Soccer release from Charlie Corr of the Chicago Red Stars

 Women's Professional Soccer announced the calendar for its 2011 WPS Season, the league's third year of play featuring the top players from around the world. In 2010, over 20 countries were represented in WPS.

Next season, WPS teams will play an 18-game schedule, comprised of nine home games and nine away matches from April through August. The league's Board of Governors also voted to retain the existing playoff format used during the first two seasons.

Opening weekend has been set for April 9-10, with the 2011 WPS Championship presented by Citi scheduled for the weekend of August 27-28. Similar to the past two years, preseason will begin no earlier than March 1; retaining the playoff format will continue to see four teams qualify for the postseason. The last two regular seasons have seen exciting down-to-the-wire finishes with teams securing their playoff berths on the final weekend of the regular season.

The winner of the regular season earns an automatic berth into the WPS Championship presented by Citi and the regular-season runner-up will host the WPS Super Semifinal against the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 4 in the WPS First Round.

With the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup™ scheduled for June 26-July 17, WPS will take the first two weeks of the tournament off from league play and thus will not schedule a 2011 WPS All-Star Game.

"Going into year three, we are refining and adjusting our schedule to put in place what works best for our teams, fans and national television," WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas said in the release. "We are returning to our timeline from the inaugural season, which will accommodate the World Cup and hopefully boost average team attendance."

The 2011 regular-season schedule and national television schedule for "WPS Sunday on FSC" will be announced in February. Kick-off times for the WPS Playoffs will also be announced together with the league's national television partner, Fox Soccer Channel, next year.

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