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Mass 3, Puma 2

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 4, 2009 —  From uniforms to bags, and just about every soccer equipment category in between, “unknown-brands” are evolving into premium products.
In a battle of soccer brands, Mass, a relative newcomer from Italy, has just fired a warning shot. Once relegated to the last pages of catalogs where only the thriftiest of recreational soccer administrators looked for them, Mass is improving its image, and going top shelf, so to speak.

Mass, an authentic Italian sports apparel and accessories company has signed on to outfit FC Indiana, a women’s soccer giant from Indianapolis.
Last Saturday FC Indiana faced Puma-outfitted Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team Chicago Red Stars, which featured Brazilian Cristiane and US Soccer Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, and came away with a comfortable 3-2 win.

“This economy, in my opinion, will change the way youth clubs are choosing what brands to buy,” said FC Indiana’s Shek Borkowski. “Our fans see first-hand world class players wearing Mass brand and they consider it for their clubs and teams.” And Borkowski expects the trend to continue for at least the next five years, noting that recession is changing the purchasing patterns of youth clubs.

One big sign of the transformation taking place was visible at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday night, where hundreds of youth players, coaches and administrators in attendance got a first look at FC Indiana’s new sleek all black Mass uniforms. “Our fans are curious and we are getting inquiries about our uniforms and where we got them. That’s a good sign for Mass and our other partners,” said Borkowski.
The interest is also beginning to translate into sales. According to Borkowski FC Indiana received an order for 50 replica shirts with FC Indiana midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi’s name. Its small, Borkowski says, but its a start.

Big companies whose business models are based on the idea that soccer buyers will pay a premium for big name brands, such as a Beckham endorsed product, may see a change in sales trends as
Mass represents a steadily growing alternative for most typical clubs. “Our players are role models for many youth players, we are approachable and in the community and kids want to wear what FC Indiana players wear,” stated Borkowski.

For more information about Mass please visit: http://www.massportusa.com/

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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FC Indiana’s Corie Moore expects more from herself

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 5, 2009 —  FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saw Corie Moore for the first time in February of 2007. He was in Detroit watching an indoor co-ed tournament when he spotted Moore.
“I talked to her about FC Indiana and asked her to play with us,” said the coach.
Borkowski, who makes it a habit of looking for players where other coaches don’t tread, says he liked Moore’s athleticism and her attitude, “Corie has no fear of names and reputations. She simply competes for 90 minutes.”

Since that Detroit weekend in 2007, Moore helped FC Indiana to WPSL league title, US Open Cup title and a second place W-League finish last year. Along the way, she helped the club beat New Zealand WNT 1-0 and in the last two weekends she helped stop Heather O’Reilly, Sarah Walsh and Cristiane. Not bad for a player who was not recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing at University of Findlay.
Borkowski describes Moore as a late bloomer. “With the late developers – my philosophy is to have them playing men’s soccer November-March. They’d come back with bloody noses sometimes, but they learn the physical side, plus they’d get genuine criticism from male players and be under more realistic pressure. Many times going straight from college to our team is just too vast.”
Borkowski describes Moore as a good athlete who had to learn a lot, “when she first came to us she was pretty raw but now she knows when to go tight and when to drop off and the art of defending is all about reading the situation.”

In her third season in Indiana, Moore feels like there is more for her to achieve. “Graduating from Findlay I though I was done with soccer,” she says. “Now, the last two seasons increased my ambition.”
Look for more from Moore in 2009!

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 5, 2009 —  FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saw Corie Moore for the first time in February of 2007. He was in Detroit watching an indoor co-ed tournament when he spotted Moore.
“I talked to her about FC Indiana and asked her to play with us,” said the coach.
Borkowski, who makes it a habit of looking for players where other coaches don’t tread, says he liked Moore’s athleticism and her attitude, “Corie has no fear of names and reputations. She simply competes for 90 minutes.”

Since that Detroit weekend in 2007, Moore helped FC Indiana to WPSL league title, US Open Cup title and a second place W-League finish last year. Along the way, she helped the club beat New Zealand WNT 1-0 and in the last two weekends she helped stop Heather O’Reilly, Sarah Walsh and Cristiane. Not bad for a player who was not recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing at University of Findlay.
Borkowski describes Moore as a late bloomer. “With the late developers – my philosophy is to have them playing men’s soccer November-March. They’d come back with bloody noses sometimes, but they learn the physical side, plus they’d get genuine criticism from male players and be under more realistic pressure. Many times going straight from college to our team is just too vast.”
Borkowski describes Moore as a good athlete who had to learn a lot, “when she first came to us she was pretty raw but now she knows when to go tight and when to drop off and the art of defending is all about reading the situation.”

In her third season in Indiana, Moore feels like there is more for her to achieve. “Graduating from Findlay I though I was done with soccer,” she says. “Now, the last two seasons increased my ambition.”
Look for more from Moore in 2009!

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FC Indiana beats Chicago 3-2

Posted by iamhannah on May 3, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 3, 2009 —  FC Indiana managed to do what no other team has; beat Chicago Red Stars and score three goals in the process. Still, head coach Shek Borkowski was critical of his midfield play after his side’s 3-2 win in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
“The result is important but the performance was not good enough,” said Borkowski. “Our midfield performance over 90 minutes must improve, we were too careless in possession, defended too deep in the last 15 minutes and our fitness still isn’t where it should be.”
While Borkowski’s “never good enough” attitude may have merit, debutant forward Lisa-Marie Woods was impressive and winger Laura Del Rio looked a constant threat going forward, while Mizuho Sakaguchi and Fatima Leyva bossed the midfield.
Spanish wonder striker Laura Del Rio was ruthless yet mesmerizing in the way she finished with a clinical 40th minute first goal,  and propelled FC Indiana into fifth gear, which the Lionesses maintained throughout the night, battering their WPS opponents for two more goals in the last 45. First was a composed finish by Woods after she dispossessed Dieke in the 55 minute and another Del Rio goal in the 70 to win the game.

FC INDIANA: Lynn, Nonen, Gayle, Moore, Sakaguchi (Andrews 52), Leyva, Moscato, Woods, Luik, Lyons (Wilson 60), Del Rio.
Goals: Del Rio 40, 70, Woods 55

CHICAGO RED STARS: Williams, Dieke, Spilger (Young 60), Wenino (Ostberg 46), Igwe, Lloyd, Carney, Oaks, Cristiane, Rapinoe, Masar
Goals: Lloyd 22, Spilger 34

SHOTS: FCI 12, CRS 7
SOG: FCI 8, CRS 4
Saves: FCI 1, CRS 1
Corners: FCI 8, CRS 5

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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FC Indiana v Chicago Red Stars

Posted by iamhannah on April 26, 2009

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 26, 2009 —  FC Indiana are hoping to pull off the shock of the season when they host Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) powerhouse Chicago Red Stars at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday (kick-off 7pm).

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski and his squad relish the tag of underdogs as they head into Saturday night’s clash. Borkowski said: “It will be a really good game, they are the best team in WPS right now. But the pressure is on them. They’re the WPS team, and they’re expected to win.”

Chicago will arrive in Indianapolis sitting second in WPS standings, 2 points behind leaders Los Angeles, having demolished Tony DiCicco’s Boston team 4-0 over the weekend. Offensively the Red Stars are led by Lindsey Tarpley (2 g), Karen Carney (1g), Megan Rapinoe (1g), Carli Lloyd (1g) and Brittany Klein (1g). “We demonstrated why we are one of the best attacking teams in the league,” said Red Stars coach Emma Hayes after the win.
In goal Swedish goalkeeper Carolina Jonsson, protected by back four of Marian Dalmy (USA), Ifeoma Dieke (Scotland), Nicky Krzysik (USA) and Frida Ostberg (Sweden), has 3 clean sheets.

Courtesy of: FC Indiana


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Indianapolis vies for WPS franchise

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 24, 2009 —  Indianapolis could be ready to field a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team in 2011 with FC Indiana’s Shek Borkowski, who is leading the drive, saying the possibility of bringing a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team to Indianapolis is perhaps “50-50.”
To hear Borkowski talk about it, Indianapolis has everything in place for the local W-League franchise, FC Indiana, to move up to WPS as its expansion franchise. Indianapolis, he says, meets two of three important criteria — an active ownership group and an established fan base. What it needs is soccer stadium.
According to Borkowski, his group Indiana Women’s Sports Group (IWSG) studied stadium designs and came to the conclusion that a facility with a capacity of around 6,000-8,000 was needed for the franchise to be profitable.
“We are investigating options,” said Borkowski. “You can’t play in a stadium you don’t own. You need the revenues. The only way to get it is with ancillary revenues such as parking, signage, food and beverages.”
The IWSG, could sign a letter of intent before January 2010.
“We are actively working on bringing WPS to Indianapolis,” Borkowski recently told the WASK radio station. “It could be a fantastic market for WPS.”
“The challenge is that it’s still a difficult business model. The FC Indiana ownership group is certainly interested in being owners of a WPS franchise and we are meeting with potential partners. We have the infrastructure to run the franchise, and we have the fans.”

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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FC Indiana and Ireland to train together for 8 weeks

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 23, 2009 —  Republic of Ireland senior women’s manager, Noel King has announced that his team have received permission from the FAI International Committee to begin preparations for the FIFA 2011 World Cup with an 11 week football residency camp in the United States which will be hosted by FC Indiana.
The trip to Indiana will also include a number of friendly games against some of the top teams in American football including FC Indiana, Chicago Red Stars and LA Sol, home to FIFA Footballer of the Year, Marta Vieira da Silva.

King will use the trip as part of his side’s preparation for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers where Ireland will meet Russia, Switzerland, Israel and Kazakhstan in Group Six of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup which gets underway with an away tie against Switzerland on September 19th.
Speaking at the announcement, King said, “This camp has the potential to be a milestone for the development of women’s football in Ireland. Over the past eight years, we have been making huge strides on the international front and it is obvious that this type of preparation is the next step if we are to compete with the top teams in the world who are all full-time professionals.”

“The process started when FC Indiana manager, Shek Borkowski issued an invitation to our team to use their facilities for the duration and since then, we have been on a long consultation process with the stakeholders involving many presentations. We have also been examining the various logistics, insurance and budgets and I would like to thank everyone involved in this process including clubs, leagues, WFAI and FAI representatives,” said King.

The Irish manager added, “ This training camp is a very innovative move and one I hope will justify the huge level of support we have received for it. The camp will include players from Ireland, the UK and indeed the USA and I thank them for their commitment for coming with us for the duration of the 11 weeks. Ideally, this will be a massive help for our team to develop further and push hard for qualification but while there are never any guarantees in football, I am sure that this is the right thing to do for the development of the game.”

Ireland have made huge strides in their last three competitive campaigns. After earning promotion to the top tier of 20 European nations in 2005, they managed to retain their place amongst the Elite group a year later by claiming fourth place and went one better last time out with a third-place finish in the 2009 UEFA Championship qualifiers. That feat qualified Ireland for a play-off, where they missed out on a place in this summer’s final by losing over two legs against Iceland. But it has also made Ireland an unprecedented second seed in their World Cup Qualifying Group.

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FC Indiana losses at home for the first time in five seasons

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 22, 2009 —  It was a cruel ending to a game which appeared be another home win for FC Indiana. The match will be remembered as Sky Blue scored two goals in injury time to win 2–1, after having trailed for most of the match. Leading 1-0 on a Lisa-Marie Woods 72’ goal FC Indiana looked assured defensively, when Sky Blues’ Sarah Walsh’ cross deflected off Sharolta Nonen and found its way into the net. “Our reaction to that goal was very naive,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski.
“I told my players there was nothing we could do about the first goal but we were poor in conceding the second to Rosana.”
Sky Blue dominated possession but failed to create any clear cut chances despite Natasha Kai’s tireless running. The FC Indiana defense remained strong and well organised, as Kai, Kasey White and Rosana found out when their close-range efforts were quickly closed down by three defenders. As FC Indiana began to look increasingly more dangerous on the counter-attack than their opponents did in possession, Laura Del Rio repeatedly tested the Sky Blue back four with a number of clever runs, some of which were flagged offside.
It was Japan international Mizuho Sakaguchi who set up Lisa Marie Woods for a goal from 12 yards out.
As the game crept into the last two minutes, Sky Blues’s Sarah Walsh, Heather O’Reilly and Natasha Kai forced Joy McKenzie into two saves, firstly through a Walsh 30 yard effort and then from another Kai header.
Walsh flighted a cross just over Nonen’s head, as she stretched to clear it, Nonen slipped and deflected the cross into FC Indiana goal.
Less than 3 minutes later, Sky Blue forced another corner. Walsh swung the corner in, which was headed by Kai to Rosana. Rosana’ deflected the ball into the corner of the FC Indiana goal for Sky Blue to take an astonishing lead and win.

FC Indiana will return to Kuntz Stadium where they will take on the Chicago Red Stars on May 2 at 7:00pm.

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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Check out: Japanese magazine covers FC Indiana

Posted by iamhannah on April 20, 2009

Japanese version of Sports Illustrated story on FC Indiana here.

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FC Indiana to take on WPS foe Sky Blue FC

Posted by iamhannah on April 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 20, 2009 —  FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski likened Tuesday’s, kick-off at 7 p.m. at Kuntz Stadium, clash against Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Sky Blue FC here to the biblical combat between David and Goliath.
FC Indiana come into the match with 5 pre-season losses and are considered to be overwhelming underdogs.
“While I have utmost confidence in my squad I realize we are facing a huge task against a club with much larger financial and human resources than us,” said Borkowski.
But FC Indiana are not as helpless as Borkowski would like you to believe.
In four seasons FC Indiana won 2 Women’s Premier League (WPSL) titles, 2 Open Cup titles, and has overall record of 76-8-4. The team is undefeated at home, and has never lost by more than 1 goal margin. FC Indiana has a 100% record against international opponents including wins over the full women’s national teams of New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, the 2007 World Cup quarterfinalists, Australia, as well as Mexico and Canada. FC Indiana has outscored opponents 347-36 in four years.

Sky Blue FC arrive in Indianapolis after tying the Chicago Red Stars 0-0 at Toyota Park on Sunday night.
Head Coach and General Manager Ian Sawyers was satisfied with his team’s performance, “Coming away with the point on the road is not the perfect outcome. We played much better in the second half and created more chances.”
Sawyers’ squad includes three 2008 Olympic gold medal winners currently on the U.S. national team roster – captain Christie Rampone, Heather O’Reilly and Natasha Kai.
Australia WNT stars Collette McCallum and Sarah Walsh provide additional international experience to Sky Blue FC squad.

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Canada WNT defender joins FC Indiana

Posted by iamhannah on March 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 11, 2009 —  Canada WNT defender Robyn Gayle has joined the FC Indiana squad the club announced today.
Gayle won her first cap with Canada’s senior team in June 2006, at the age of 20. She won a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games and represented Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. She also played with the University of North Carolina 2004-07.
The 5’7″ speedster won a silver medal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002… won a silver medal with Canada at the XIV Pan American Games Santo Domingo 2003 (lost 1:2 a.e.t. to Brasil in the final)… reached the quaterfinal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup Thailand 2004…she was 20 years old when she won her first cap with Canada’s senior team on 25 June 2006 in Toronto (a 2:1 win over Italia)… finished second with Canada at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup after a 0:1 loss to the United States in the final (she did not feature in the final)… finished second with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 1:2 loss to the United States in the final… represented Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007… finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament… reached the quarter-final with Canada at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Soccer Tournament.

“Robyn is training very hard with the squad and needs to improve her fitness right now but I expect her to compete for a starting spot,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski.

Courtesy of FC Indiana.

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