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WPS final: Western New York Flash edges Philadelphia Independence on penalties

If this was the end for Women’s Professional Soccer, a three-year-old league in dire condition, the Western New York Flash and Philadelphia Independence provided a gripping finish with a championship match that included a well-struck opening goal, red card, nutty squirrel, 87th-minute equalizer, shot off the crossbar late in regular time, tremendous save in the waning moments of extra time, and a penalty kick tiebreaker decided by Flash goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris’s diving save. Western New York won, 5-4, on PKs after a 1-1 draw in front of 10,461 in Rochester, N.Y.

The league now faces an uncertain future: Will the investors retain CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas? Will the league try to terminate the magicJack operation? Does magicJack owner Dan Borislow want to remain in the league? Is the Boston franchise doomed? Will sponsors re-commit? Are any new markets/investors seeking franchises?

Here are WPS’s official match highlights, which, oddly, don’t include the PKs:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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