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KYW Philly Soccer Show: Martinez signing & WPS fight for survival

A new signing and a league in trouble in this week’s KYW Philly Soccer Show.

KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page’s Eli Pearlman-Storch are joined by fellow Philly Soccer Page writer Mike Servedio as we look at the Union’s new forward and the possible decertification of the WPS.

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Union made its first big player move of the offseason with the signing of Costa Rican international Josué Martinez from Club Deportivo Saprissa. The 21-year-old forward has featured 11 times for Costa Rica, scoring twice. He was a mainstay for Saprissa last season and has scored 19 times in 66 games since 2009 for his former club.

The question is, how will Martinez fit with players of similar skill such as Sebastian Le Toux and Jack McInerney?

In part one, the pod discusses how the Union may line up with their new player.

Meanwhile, the WPS is staring oblivion in the face.

The top women’s league in the US could be decertified by US Soccer because it is failing to meet the federation’s criteria to be a sanctioned league.

In part two, Greg and Eli talk with Mike Servedio, who covers the women’s game for Philly Soccer Page, about how the WPS dropping from six teams to five since the disbanding of the magicJack franchise, and the loss of the Puma sponsorship, have affected the league’s prospects.

Click on the links above to listen to each part of the podcast.

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