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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.

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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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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LOS ANGELES SOL EDGE FC GOLD PRIDE 1-0 FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUT VICTORY

Posted by iamhannah on April 20, 2009

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – Sunday, April 19, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) defeated FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), 1-0, on a scorching Sunday afternoon at The Home Depot Center to claim its third consecutive shutout victory of the season.

“It was great to see the excitement today,” said Los Angeles Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers.
“There were a lot of great scoring opportunities for both teams. You usually don’t see that type of excitement in a 1-0 game.”

After trading scoring opportunities for the first 44 minutes of the game, Japanese international Aya Miyama received a well placed through ball that gave the Sol a one-on-one scoring opportunity in the closing moments of the first half. But with pressure from FC Gold Pride keeper Nicole Barnhart, Miyama was forced to take a quick shot six yards out that grazed the outside right post and ended the half.

With halftime providing the Sol with an opportunity to escape the heat and regroup, they opened the second half with a new energy and a new formation that allowed them to set the tone for the rest of the game.

In the 47th minute, midfielder Aly Wagner chipped a ball over the backline that found Marta running in stride through the 18 yard box. Marta settled the ball down, took a quick touch and placed it past Barnhart into the back of the net.

“Marta made a great run and was in the gap,” said Wagner. “I played a ball over the backline into an open space and she did a great job finishing it.”

The Los Angeles Sol will be on the road for the next two weeks with games in Saint Louis and Boston before returning home to face on the Boston Breakers on Sunday, May 10 at 1p.m. (PT) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Scoring Summary

Marta 47’ (Wagner)

Lineups

Los Angeles Sol: 23 – LeBlanc (GK), 3 – Falk (D), 11 – Bock (D), 14 – Cox (D), 22 – Makoski  (D), 4 – Wagner (M) (12 – Sari, 82’) , 7 – Boxx (M – Capt.), 8 – Miyama (M), 20 – Abily (M) (18 – Larkin, 92’), 10 – Marta (F), 13-Welsh (F) (17 – Bogus, 67’)

FC Gold Pride: 1 – Barnhart (GK), 4 – Buehler (D), 7 – Robinson (D) (13 – Graczyk, 57’), 9 –Wilson (D), 19 – Dew (D) (20 – Erika, 15’) , 5 – DiMartino (M), 10 – Osborne (M – Capt.), 31 – Formiga (M), 8 – Weimer (F) (15 – Milbrett, 67’), 12 – Sinclair (F), 30 – Arakawa (F)

Misconduct Summary

Aly Wagner – Los Angeles Sol – (caution) 10’

Referee: Veronica Brito

SAR: Adam Brugman

JAR: Maurizo Laudani

4th Official: Felisha Mariscal

Attendance: 6,119

Courtesy of: Los Angeles Sol

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