USL Unveils 2005 W-League Schedule
Defending champion Vancouver opens May 14 at home
USL News Release Wednesday, February 2, 2005 TAMPA, FL
United Soccer Leagues announced the W-League season schedulefor 2005 Wednesday. The 34-team league kicks off its 239-game schedule May6 in Bradenton, Florida with the Bradenton Athletics playing host to the CarolinaDynamo Women. Opening Weekend in the W-League continues the following nightwhen the Dynamo visit the expansion Central Florida Krush in Orlando and theexpansion Atlanta Silverbacks Women play host to the 2003 champion HamptonRoads Piranhas. The defending champion Vancouver Whitecaps open defenseof their title May 14 at home against the Arizona Heatwave. Fellow finalist New Jersey Wildcats kick off their 2005 campaign the samenight with a road trip to the Big Apple to play the New York Magic. Vancouver and New Jersey will be looking to continue their unbeaten streakswhen they open the season after finishing in a draw in the 2004 final. Bothcompleted the season unbeaten with New Jersey at 17-0-1 and the Whitecaps at15-0-2. The season comes to a close July 24 with nine games.