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Bompastor named WPS Player of the Week

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

BOYDS, Md. – For the second time in as many weeks, a Washington Freedom player has been named the WPS Player of the Week. With two goals, including the game-tying goal in the 90th minute, in a 3-3 draw with Saint Louis, midfielder Sonia Bompastor was awarded the honor by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).

Bompastor’s two goals on Sunday were her first as a member of the Freedom, although she did record the assist on the team’s first WPS goal back on April 11 against Chicago. Both of Bompastor’s goals were scored with her head.

This is the second straight week a two-goal scorer has been named Player of the Week. Abby Wambach won the award the previous week for her two goal, one assist performance against FC Gold Pride, which included the game-winner in stoppage time.

Courtesy of: Washington Freedom

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Match Report: Freedom 4, FC Gold Pride 3

Posted by iamhannah on April 27, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – It was never a matter of if, it was always a matter of when.

After failing to connect on her first 16 shots over the previous three Women’s Professional Soccer games, Abby Wambach finally did what everyone expected her to do on Sunday – score a goal.

But Wambach didn’t stop there. After heading in the game’s first goal on a free kick from Cat Whitehill, Wambach put the period on the match by heading in another Whitehill free kick in stoppage time to give the Freedom its first WPS win, 4-3 over FC Gold Pride in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Everyone can say there’s a monkey on my back, I do want to score goals for my team but most importantly I want to win games,” said Wambach. “There are still some things to work on – defensively we had a few break downs.  We put some goals in the back of the net today and that’s a big reason why we came out on top today.”

Heading into the half tied up at 1-1, Washington (1-2-1) seemed to put the game away early in the second half as Wambach assisted Lori Lindsey to put the Freedom up 2-1, after which Lindsey assisted Allie Long to increase the lead to 3-1.

FC Gold Pride (1-2-1) answered with goals from Tiffany Weimer and Christine Sinclair to knot things up at 3-3 in the 83rd minute before Wambach’s second goal put the end to the comeback bid.

“Well, I’d rather win in un-dramatic fashion but we are glad that we got the result,” said Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra. “We’ve been playing well the first couple weeks of the season but we haven’t got any bounces and we’ve given up some tough goals and not put our chances away so it was nice to do so today.  Even though it was the last minute, I thought both teams played well attacking-wise but we are very happy to get the first win.”

Wambach came into the match with the most shots and shots on goal of anyone in WPS, but had failed to score a goal. Her troubles seemed to mirror the entire Washington offense as the Freedom had scored two goals while allowing six on the way to a 0-2-1 record and a spot at the bottom of the WPS standings. The win now vaults the Freedom into a tie for fourth with FC Gold Pride.

“That’s what we knew we were getting, it was nice for her to get a goal no matter how it was today and get her first goal of the season,” Gabarra said. “I think you see when she got one that she’s a lot more relaxed. Cat played a great ball to her and that is not something that is new to either of them. It is certainly very difficult to defend but I thought it was great.  I’m more pleased with her (Wambach’s) assist because that’s the space we need her to get into.”

One of the most encouraging signs for the Freedom aside from the offense has to be the ability of the team to win despite missing Sonia Bompastor, one of the team’s most consistent players through the first three games. Bompastor was called up to play with the French national team this week, causing her to miss the contest.

Her absence created one of several lineup changes for the Freedom, which had Kati Jo Spisak make her debut in goal and saw Kristin DeDycker, Jill Gilbeau and Rebecca Moros all make their first WPS starts.

Washington will look to follow up this performance next Sunday when the Freedom host Saint Louis Athletica at 6 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Sunday’s game will be the second of three straight Fox Soccer Channel appearances for the Freedom. Sunday’s game will also carry extra meaning as the team will honor WUSA standouts Mia Hamm and Siri Mullinix by inducting the two into the Hall of Freedom at halftime.

Freedom 4, FC Gold Pride 3
April 26 // Santa Clara, Calif.

Scoring: 1. WSH, Abby Wambach, 1 (Cat Whitehill, 1) 18. 2. FCGP, Tiffeny Milbrett, 2 (Tiffany Weimer, 1) 30. 3. WSH, Lori Lindsey, 2 (Wambach, 1) 51. 4. WSH, Allie Long, 1 (Lindsey, 1) 70. 5. FCGP, Weimer, 1 (Kandace Wilson, 2) 75. 6. FCGP, Christine Sinclair, 1 (Rachel Buehler, 1) 83. 7. WSH, Wambach 2 (Whitehill, 2) 90.
Scoring by Period:
WSH                      1   3 – 4
FCGP                     1   2 – 3
Shots: WSH 9, FCGP 13; Shots on Goal: WSH 5, FCGP 7; Saves: Kati Jo Spisak (WSH) 4, Nicole Barnhart (FCGP) 1; Corners: WSH 1, FCGP 1; Fouls: WSH 3, FCGP 5.
Lineups: WSH: Spisak; Gilbeau, Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Singer; DeDycker (De Vanna, 62), Lindsey, Sawa, Long, Wambach, Moros (Janss, 76). FCGP: Barnhart; Wilson, Graczyk, Buehler, Robinson (Massengale, 78); Weimer, Yokers (Sinclair, 60), DiMartino, Osborne, Milbrett, Arakawa.
Referee: Sandra Sarafini
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert; Maurizio Laudani
4th Official: Vicente Cortes
Attendance: 3,321

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Boston beats Freedom on three second half goals

Posted by iamhannah on April 20, 2009

BOYDS, Md. (April 18) – Everything that seemed to be trending in the right direction for the Washington Freedom was turned on its head Saturday night as the visiting Boston Breakers left the Maryland SoccerPlex with a 3-1 victory in front of a crowd of 4,232.

Things looked like they would be relatively quiet as neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half. However, things got going in the second starting with Kelly Smith’s penalty kick in the 56th minute. Freedom goalkeeper Briana Scurry fouled the Breakers Angela Hucles, a Virginia Beach, Va. native, in the box giving the Breakers the penalty kick. Smith buried the kick and gave Boston a 1-0 lead.

“The first half was really substandard for both teams,” Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra said. “I think it was tentative, we didn’t have good pressure on the ball.

“The second half was better – a bounce here or there, you go ahead 2-1, I think the game’s probably over.”

Washington (0-2-1) responded in the 60th minute to tie the score at 1-1 as Lori Lindsey took a pass from Rebecca Moros and put it past Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill. Boston (2-1-0) added its final two goals in a five minute span as Christine Latham headed the ball past Scurry in the 76th minute and Angela Hucles scored the final goal of the match in the 81st.

“That ball had eyes,” said Scurry, who got a finger on Latham’s header. “Latham got up well for it. It was like that in the first half too but fortunately we were able to get our heads on the ball.

“You’ve got to be careful, you’ve got to be tight. You’ve got to have everybody in position at every moment with [Boston] because they have such great attacking weapons. They’re going to punish you if you’re not careful.”

Washington had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute when Hucles was called for a handball inside the goalie box. Luckenbill had Abby Wambach’s penalty kick pegged though and stopped the shot. And even though the expectations continue to grow for Wambach to finally score, Scurry says more patience is still needed.

“Abby’s getting into it,” Scurry said. “She had a major injury. Sometime these things take time and I’m sure she’s doing everything she can to get back to herself. Eventually she will get a goal and I think after she gets one, she’ll get plenty.”

After a two-game home stand yielded only one point, Washington will hit the road in search of its first WPS win as the team will face FC Gold Pride next Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif. on Fox Soccer Channel at 6 p.m. ET.

Breakers 3, Freedom 1
April 18 //Boyds, Md.
Attendance: 4,232

Scoring: 1. BOS, Kelly Smith 3 (penalty kick) 56; 2. WSH, Lori Lindsey 1 (Rebecca Moros, 1) 60; 3. BOS, Christine Latham 1 (Alex Scott, 1) 76; 4. BOS, Angela Hucles 1.
Scoring By Period:
Boston                  0   3 – 3
Washington        0   1 – 1
Shots: BOS 13, WSH 14; Shots on Goal: BOS 7, WSH 8; Saves: Kristin Luckenbill (BOS) 3, Briana Scurry (WSH) 4; Corners: BOS 2, WSH 5; Fouls: BOS 10, WSH 12; Yellow Card: Kelly Smith (BOS), 70.
Lineups: BOS: Luckenbill, Mitts, LePeilbet, Weber, Scott, Moore (Bishop, 61), Hucles, Lilly, Smith, Schmedes (Tomecka, 84), Rodriguez (Latham, 68). WSH: Scurry, Janss (Gilbeau, 45), Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Singer, Lindsey, Sawa, Long (Moros, 45), Bompastor, Wambach, De Vanna (Zimmeck, 84).

Courtesy of: Washington Freedom

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Goalkeeper McLeod signs with Freedom

Posted by iamhannah on April 16, 2009

BOYDS, Md. (April 16) – The Washington Freedom announced today goalkeeper Erin McLeod has signed with the club.

A post-International Draft discovery claim for the Freedom, McLeod previously led the Vancouver Whitecaps to W-League championships in 2004 and 2006 and was the starting goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Team at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics. McLeod has 51 caps for the national team and is coming back from an ACL injury suffered at the 2008 Olympics.

“The signing of Erin McLeod is a great step for the team,” Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra said. “This gives us one of the best groups of goalkeepers in the world. We are happy that Erin was able to sign and join the team at this time.”

McLeod is expected to join the team as soon as her visa is finalized and will fill the roster spot made available by Sarah Huffman’s season-ending ACL injury.

McLeod Highlights:

  • Has 51 caps for the Canadian women’s national team and was the starter for Canada for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2008 Olympic Games.
  • Helped the Vancouver Whitecaps win the W-League championship in 2004 and 2006.
  • Helped Penn State reach the NCAA Final Four in 2005.

TRANSACTION: WASHINGTON FREEDOM-Signed GK Erin McLeod

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Highlights from the Freedom and Red Stars’ 1-1 tie

Posted by iamhannah on April 13, 2009

Highlights from the Washington Freedom and Chicago Red Stars’ 1-1 tie on April 11, 2009 including Lindsay Tarpley’s second goal in as many games and the Freedom’s first WPS goal, tallied by Becky Sauerbrunn.

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LA Sol win first WPS Match 2-0 over Freedom

Posted by leyrocks on March 30, 2009

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For all women soccer fans March 30, 2009 marked a new day in history. After six long years women’s professional soccer finally returned to the USA.  As a fan and player I was so excited. I was eager to finally watch my hometown team the LA Sol finally take the field, especially Marta. I was so pleased by the crowd turnout of almost 15,000 people. The atmosphere at the HDC was amazing, thanks to the Galaxy and now Sol supporter group Angel City Brigade. If you where at the stadium or watched the game on TV I’m sure you where able to hear us cheer along the Sol. Make sure to come by section 121 and sit with the ACB and cheer the Sol on.

As I check the soccer blogs and forums it seems the two main topics of discussion are:

Did Allison Faulk really score the first goal? Or did she foul Scurry? Well as I watched the replay over and over (even on freeze frame on my DVR) it doesn’t look to me like Faulk touched the ball and she did kind of run into Scurry. However, the ref did not call it so the goal stands period. Even if Faulk’s goal would not have counted I do believe the Sol out played the Freedom and deserved to win.

Almost 15,000 fans for the first match now what? Can it last? Ok now lets be realistic, since it’s the first league match of course their will be more fans that are expected for the rest of the season. WPS goal is about 4,000 – 6,000, which I do think is doable. I do think we will have a bigger picture of how the league is doing and how it will do in about the third season. But I hope their is not a severe drop off in attendance. 

By the way I re-watched the match as I recorded it on my DVR man Miyama was amazing she was all over the place. Marta was Marta, amazing skill. Faulk was a good solid defender. I’m defiantly looking forward to watching Johanna Frisk play in a game, she looked really well in training. 

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Wambach, De Vanna among latest Freedom signings

Posted by iamhannah on March 26, 2009

BOYDS, Md. (March 26) – Having announced its full roster for the opening of the 2009 WPS season, the Washington Freedom announced today forward Abby Wambach, forward Lisa De Vanna, defender/midfielder Jayme Leigh Cargnoni, defender/midfielder Kristin DeDycker, defender/midfielder Madison Keller, defender/midfielder Joanna Lohman, defender Christen Karniski and goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak have signed with the team.

“It’s exciting to finalize these players in what has been a very long signing process,” Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra said. “We have been very pleased with our whole team this preseason and having Abby Wambach has proven to be as important as we thought when she was allocated last September.”

Wambach returns to the Freedom after having played with the team during the 2002-03 seasons of the WUSA, where among the many honors she received she was Rookie of the Year in 2002 and tied with teammate Mia Hamm as the league’s leading scorer in 2003.

De Vanna, from Perth, Australia, is the third international player to sign with the Freedom and is widely recognized as one of the top forwards in the world. De Vanna was the leading scorer for Swedish club AIK in 2008 and scored four goals for Australia’s national team in the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Along with seven of the players currently on the roster, Keller, Karniski and Spisak all have experience with Gabarra and the Freedom as they previously played on the team’s W-League squad. Keller and Karniski played for the Freedom in 2008 while Spisak played from 2007-08, helping the team win the W-League championship in 2007.

Lohman, from nearby Silver Spring, Md., has seven caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team and left Penn State University as a two-time finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy (awarded to the nation’s top college soccer player) and three-time NSCAA All American selection.

Cargnoni, a three-year starter at Wake Forest, was second among defenders in assists in the ACC in 2005 and was a starter for the 2007 W-League Western Conference champion San Diego Sunwaves.

Like Wambach, DeDycker is a former WUSA player having played for the Atlanta Beat in 2003. As a player at the University of Denver, DeDycker was a two-time NSCAA All American selection.

These signings fill out the team’s 22 player roster, which includes four developmental players, before the Freedom plays in the WPS Inaugural Match on Sunday against the Los Angeles Sol at 6 p.m. ET at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

TRANSACTION
Women’s Professional Soccer
WASHINGTON FREEDOM-Signed F Abby Wambach, F Lisa De Vanna, D-M Jayme Leigh Cargnoni, D-M Kristin DeDycker, D-M Madison Keller, D-M Joanna Lohman, D Christen Karniski and GK Kati Jo Spisak

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Extraordinary Wambach

Posted by iamhannah on March 25, 2009

See Extraordinary: Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach exhibits extraordinary drive and power. Catch Abby and other Women’s Professional Soccer stars on Fox Soccer Channel throughout the season on WPS Sunday on FSC or buy tickets to see Abby and Co. play.

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Freedom announces opening day roster

Posted by iamhannah on March 25, 2009

BOYDS, Md. (March 25) – With the Washington Freedom set to take part in the WPS Inaugural Match against the Los Angeles Sol at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, the team announced it has cut its roster down to the league mandated 22 players (18 players with 4 developmental players).

The roster was built in five steps – U.S. national team allocation, International player draft, a 4-round draft in October, a 10-round draft in January and tryouts.

After Sunday’s match against the Sol, Washington will play the University of Virginia in a Kicks Against Breast Cancer charity exhibition match at the Maryland SoccerPlex on April 4 at 7 p.m. before playing its first home game on April 11 at 6 p.m. against the Chicago Red Stars.

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Washo named new President & General Manager of Freedom

Posted by iamhannah on March 24, 2009

BOYDS, Md. (March 23) – The Washington Freedom announced today that Mark Washo will be the Freedom’s new President & General Manager, replacing outgoing President & General Manager Joseph Quinn. Washo was most recently the acting President of the ticket sales services company he founded, MMW Marketing Sports and Entertainment. Previous to running his own consulting company, he was the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, supervising Ticket Sales/Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Community Relations. Washo will immediately take up his post in the Freedom offices in Germantown, Md.

“We are grateful to Joe Quinn for his stewardship of the Washington Freedom over the course of the last year as he led us through the preparation phase of the organization,” said Freedom Chairwoman Maureen Hendricks, “Now we are thrilled to have Mark join the team.  He brings a wealth of experience, talent, and know-how to the Freedom.”

Washo boasts an impressive resume including stops at three of the most successful franchises in MLS.  Under Washo’s leadership, the Chicago Fire achieved the highest total ticket sales revenue in club history in 2008. This achievement includes all-time highs in full season tickets, group tickets and total tickets sold. Prior to joining the Chicago Fire, Washo was the Senior Vice President of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of the MetroStars after serving as the team’s Vice President of Ticket Sales for four seasons. Washo joined the MetroStars after spending the previous five seasons with D.C. United as the team’s Senior Director of Ticket Sales.

Washo’s success in ticket sales led him to author the book, “Break Into Sports Through Ticket Sales,” which is regarded as the go-to manual for all young professionals seeking to acquire a job and succeed in ticket sales.

I would like to thank John and Maureen Hendricks for providing me with this tremendous opportunity to lead the re-launch of the Washington Freedom,” Washo said. “I am excited to get started and be reacquainted with many old friends in the greater DC area soccer community.  We are looking forward to strong crowd support for our home opener on April 11, and encourage all our fans to join us in the celebration.”

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