The Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) was the highest level professional soccer league for women in the United States. The league started play in 2001 and suspended operations on September 15, 2003. An outpouring of support at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup which occurred soon after the announcement gave new hope for the resumption of play in 2004.
Each team was also allowed four "International" players. Among the international players were stars of powerhouse teams such as China's Sun Wen and Bai Jie, Germany's Birgit Prinz and Maren Meinert, Norway's Hege Riise and Dagny Mellgren, Brazil's Katia and Pretinha, and Canada's Charmaine Hooper and Christine Latham. The league also hosted singular talents from nations which were not at the forefront of women's soccer, such as Maribel Dominguez of Mexico, Julie Fleeting of Scotland, Cheryl Salisbury of Australia, and Kelly Smith of England.
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