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Chicago Red Stars sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game during 7th Inning Stretch!

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

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Four Chicago Red Stars Called Up for U.S. National Team Duty

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

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FOUR CHICAGO RED STARS CALLED UP FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DUTY

Bridgeview, Ill. (May 6, 2009) –  Four members of the Chicago Red Stars have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for a pair of games against Japan in May.  The U.S. roster, announced today, includes Red Stars midfielders Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Lindsay Tarpley as well as defender Marian Dalmy.

Chicago’s four call-ups ties Boston for the most from any Women’s Professional Soccer team roster.  The U.S. women will face Japan May 20th in Frisco, Texas, and again May 23rd in Sandy, Utah.  The players will miss the Red Stars’ May 23rd game against Saint Louis.

The most-capped member of the Red Stars, Tarpley will look to build on her 117 international appearances during the matches.  Tarpley, Lloyd and Rapinoe – the U.S. team’s leading scorer in 2009 – appeared in each of the Americans’ four games at the 2009 Algarve Cup.

Dalmy is among a handful of younger players that U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage said earned a call-up through outstanding play early in the WPS season.  The 24 year-old defender is tied for the Red Stars team lead with a pair of assists.  Dalmy missed most of the 2008 international season with a knee injury but does have 10 career caps, including a start in the third-place match at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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LOS ANGELES SOL DROPS 2-1 DECISION TO THE BOSTON BREAKERS

Posted by iamhannah on May 3, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Saturday, May 2, 2009– The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Breakers Saturday night at Harvard Stadium.

Midfielder Kelly Smith opened the scoring for the Breakers (3-2-0, 9 pts.) in the second minute when the Sol failed to clear a ball from their defensive third of the field.  Smith collected the ball and calmly beat a diving Karina LeBlanc – the first time the Sol defense has surendered a goal this season.

Forward Han Duan nearly equalized for the Sol (3-1-1, 10 pts.) in the 17th minute, but her effort from just outside the penalty area sailed high of the Breakers goal.  In the 44th minute, Marta made a 50-yard run into the box from the left side of midfield, nearly reaching the endline, but her low cross did not find a teammate and was cleared by the Breakers defense and Boston finished the half with the 1-0 lead.

Midfielder Kristine Lilly doubled the lead for the Breakers ten minutes after the break when she corralled Stacy Bishop’s pass and put her low shot into the side netting and past LeBlanc.

Los Angeles rookie defender Brittany Bock trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the 63rd minute when she rose above the Boston defense and got Aya Miyama’s free kick past Breakers ‘keeper Kristin Luckinbill, who stayed firmly planted on her line.

The Sol had a few chances to equalize in the final twenty minutes, including a shot by Marta in the closing moments, but they were unable to hit home and the Breakers clinched the 2-1 win.

Courtesy of: Los Angeles Sol

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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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2009 WNT Domestic Tour Dates

Posted by iamhannah on April 27, 2009

2009 WNT Domestic Tour
USA vs. Japan – May 20, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. CT
Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, Texas – Tickets

USA vs. Japan – May 23, 2009 – 4 p.m. MT
Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah – Tickets
Live on FSC & Fox Sports en Espanol

USA vs. Canada – July 19, 2009 – 3 p.m. ET
Rochester Rhinos Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – Tickets
Live on ESPN

USA vs. Canada – July 22, 2009 – 8 p.m. ET
Blackbaud Stadium – Charleston, S.C. – Tickets
Live on FSC & Fox Sports en Espanol

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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

Courtesy of: Washington Freedom

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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.

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CARNEY, KLEIN SHINE AS RED STARS DOWN BOSTON, 4-0

Posted by iamhannah on April 25, 2009

Bridgeview, Ill. (April 25, 2009) – A downpour just before halftime accented a flood of goals on the field as the Chicago Red Stars beat Boston, 4-0, Saturday night before 4,118 at TOYOTA PARK.  Karen Carney and Brittany Klein each scored a goal and logged a pair of assists in the win.

The Red Stars attacked early and often in the match, even playing without Brazilian striker Cristiane who is serving international duty.  Chicago outshot Boston 20-8 – including a 10-3 margin in shots on goal.

A Boston handball in the 21st minute set up Chicago’s first goal.  On a free kick, Carney found Carli Lloyd at the top of the box, and the Red Stars forward buried her shot for her first points of the season.

The Red Stars added two more goals before the half on similar shots by Megan Rapinoe and Carney.  In the 39th minute, Rapinoe fired a bullet from the right side of the box that breezed past Breakers goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill.  Three minutes later, Carney angled a shot from nearly the same spot on the pitch.  The England native put a perfect spin on the ball to hit the bottom of the crossbar and find the back of the net.  Klein assisted on both goals.

Chicago added a fourth goal after intermission.  Playing into the right side of the box, Carney crossed to Lindsay Tarpley who played the ball to the top of the box and a waiting Klein.  After being robbed of a goal on a deflection in the first half, Klein buried her second opportunity for her first score of the season.

Red Stars keeper Caroline Jönsson posted her third clean sheet of the season by stopping all three shots on goal she faced in the match.

Four goals sets a Women’s Professional Soccer team scoring record, breaking the mark of three Boston posted in its previous match.  The win moves Chicago into second place in the WPS standings with eight points, two behind leader Los Angeles.

The Red Stars return to action on Sunday, May 10th at TOYOTA PARK for a rematch with Natasha Kai and Sky Blue FC.  In recognition of Mother’s Day the Chicago Red Stars, in partnership with the Mexican Board of Tourism, are providing free admission to all mothers.   Tickets are available by calling (866) WPS-2009 or logging on to www.chicagoredstars.com.

Boston Breakers (2-2-0) vs. Chicago Red Stars (2-0-2)
April 25, 2009 – TOYOTA PARK

SCORING SUMMARY:
1. CHI – Carli Lloyd, 1 (Karen Carney, 1) 21
2. CHI – Megan Rapinoe, 1 (Brittany Klein, 1) 39
3. CHI – Karen Carney, 1 (Klein, 2) 42
4. CHI – Brittany Klein, 1 (Carney, 2; Lindsay Tarpley, 1) 52

Boston Breakers – Luckenbill (Lipsher, 62); Mitts, LePeilbet, Weber, Scott; Bishop, Lilly, Hucles, Moore (Chapman, 63); Schmedes, Rodriguez (Latham, 45).

Chicago Red Stars – Jönsson; Dalmy, Dieke, Igwe (Spilger, 75), Krzysik; Klein, Rapinoe, Carney (Garriock, 61; Masar, 70), Östberg; Tarpley, Lloyd.

STATISTICS
SHOTS: BOSTON – 8 CHICAGO – 20
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOSTON – 3 CHICAGO – 10
SAVES: BOSTON – 6  CHICAGO – 3
FOULS: BOSTON – 6 CHICAGO – 16
CORNER KICKS: BOSTON – 3  CHICAGO – 3
OFFSIDES:  BOSTON – 9 CHICAGO –1

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:
BOSTON – Anglea Hucles (caution; Reckless Tackle) 30
CHICAGO – Marian Dalmy (caution; Reckless Tackle) 73
CHICAGO – Nikki Krzysik (caution; Reckless Tackle) 82

Referee: Veronica Brito
Referee’s Assistants: Veronica Perez, Miguel Panduro, Jr.
4th Official: Stephanie Toth
Time of Game: 1:52
Attendance: 4,118
Weather: 45 degrees with intermittent rain

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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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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This weekend in the WPS

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009:

Saint Louis Athletica – Los Angeles Sol 4:00pm ET at Robert R. Hermann Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Chicago Red Stars – Boston Breakers 8:30pm ET at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

Sunday, April 26, 2009

FC Gold Pride – Washington Freedom 6pm ET at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA on FSC

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