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Boston Breakers Announce Final Opening Day Roster

Posted by iamhannah on March 25, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (March 25, 2009) – The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released the team’s final opening day roster today, following three-plus weeks of preseason camp. Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandates that teams must announce their final opening day roster of 18 full-time players, plus four developmental players by today.

The Breakers’ roster features all-time international caps (appearances) leader Kristine Lilly, along with three members of the 2008 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team; Angela Hucles, Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez. In addition, Boston has five international players that have or currently feature regularly for their country’s national team, including 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up, Kelly Smith of England.

Courtesy of: Boston Breakers

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Posted by iamhannah on March 24, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA (March 23, 2009)- FC Gold Pride head coach Albertin Montoya confirmed on Sunday that US Soccer icon Brandi Chastain and one of the United States all-time top goal scorers, Tiffeny Milbrett would both occupy roster spots when the regular season kicks off in less than two weeks.

Chastain and Milbrett served as trailblazers for women’s soccer as part of the golden decade of the US Women’s National team during the 90’s, one of the most dominant teams the sport has seen to date.

The Bay Area native, Chastain is best known for elevating the profile of women’s soccer with her game winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup that defeated China and ignited an explosive soccer following and increased participation in the sport. Chastain was selected by the Pride in the seventh round (45th overall) in the WPS Draft.

Milbrett, one of the most dangerous forwards the US has ever fielded, scored 100 goals in international competition during her illustrious career that saw her earn 204 caps. She joined the Pride in March as a non-roster invitee, playing her way onto the roster during training camp.

In addition to penciling in women’s soccer veterans Chastain and Milbrett, FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya made some roster moves on Sunday afternoon, reducing the roster size in preparation for the season. FC Gold Pride waived WPS General Draft picks Tracy Hamm and Jill Oakes and released non-roster invitees Stacy Alberico and Caitlin Fisher.

The Pride will be required to make adjustments to the roster in order to meet the league requirements of 18 rostered players and up to four developmental players which must be announced on or before Wednesday, March 25.

Courtesy of: FC Gold Pride

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Posted by iamhannah on March 24, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (March 23, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars are teaming up with the Mexico Tourism Board to recognize the Soccer Mom of the Year in a new contest launched on www.chicagoredstars.com.

Mexico and the Red Stars know that soccer moms work tirelessly to create harmony in the family and they always find new ways to show how much they care.  The Chicago Red Stars’ Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico contest will allow families to show their appreciation by nominating their mom to be pampered with a trip to Mexico!

“The Mexico Tourism Board is excited to be a part of the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico contest because it embraces and highlights family values by encouraging girls to express why they think their moms deserve to be the winner of this award,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board for the Midwest.  “Mexicans share many traditions that bring families and friends together, but soccer awakens a passion in Mexicans that unites the whole nation.”

“The Chicago Red Stars are thrilled to partner with the Mexico Tourism Board in this initiative to recognize soccer moms,” said Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott.  “We share the belief that moms are the MVPs of soccer families and deserve their day in the sun.”

Players, families and friends can log on to the Red Stars’ website (http://www.chicagoredstars.com) to nominate their mother for the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico award.  The winning mom will be honored at halftime of the May 16th Red Stars game against FC Gold Pride at Toyota Park and receive an all-inclusive five night stay at the Grand Xcaret Occidental Resorts in Riviera Maya for two courtesy of Mexico and Apple Vacations.  Entries for the contest must be received by May 8th.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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UNC Edges Sky Blue FC in Preseason Exhibition

Posted by iamhannah on March 21, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC (March 20, 2009) – Nikki Washington’s second-half goal was the difference as the University of North Carolina edged Sky Blue FC 2-1 in an exhibition match at Macpherson Stadium. The match featured the defending NCAA College Cup Champions against Sky Blue FC, which is preparing for the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer.
UNC opened the scoring early in the first half thanks to two former Jersey Sky Blue W-League players – Tobin Heath and Casey Nogueira. Heath – a gold medalist with the United States Women’s National Team – scored the goal.
Australian international Sarah Walsh scored the only goal for Sky Blue FC in the closing moments of the opening half off an assist from former UNC All-American Heather O’Reilly. Four former Tar Heels played in the match for Sky Blue FC including O’Reilly, Kacey White, Yael Averbuch, and Jenni Branam.
Sky Blue FC returns to New Jersey on Wednesday after a month in Greensboro. The NJ/NY representative in WPS will open the season on April 5th at 4 p.m. when it hosts three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta and the Los Angeles Sol at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. (888-SBFC-TIX | www.SkyBlueStore.com)
Sky Blue FC had the first good chance of the game in the seventh minute when Natasha Kai got on the end of a serve from Christie Rampone, but her header was over the goal.
North Carolina put sustained pressure on the Sky Blue FC goal starting with a high shot by Heath in the 14th minute. One minute later, Courtney Jones got in behind on a breakaway but placed her shot right into the hands of Sky Blue FC keeper Karen Bardsley.
In the 17th minute, Washington rolled a shot across the goal off a cross from Nogueira before Heath finally broke the ice in the 18th minute. Nogueira found Heath in the box and she buried a high shot into the goal from close range. Both Nogueira and Heath played in New Jersey for Sky Blue during the 2007 W-League season.
Sky Blue FC knotted the score in the closing moments of the half on an easy finish by Walsh. The Tar Heels defense held up looking for an offside call but the flag stayed down putting Walsh and O’Reilly in alone. Walsh played the ball to O’Reilly, who drew out Tar Heels keeper Ashlyn Harris before returning a pass to the Australian to finish into the open goal.
Sky Blue FC threatened in the second half but couldn’t find the finishing touch. In the 54th minute, after a scramble in the box, White’s effort was stopped by Harris and the ensuing rebound ended up on the foot of Averbuch, who fired wide left from top of box.
Washington’s game-winner came in the 67th minute. The United States youth international carried the ball on a long run up the right side before cutting into the box. She beat two defenders before finishing past Branam into the upper left side of the goal.
Sky Blue FC continued to press late, but Brazilian Rosana missed left in the 77th minute and Harris stopped a shot from Walsh before Kai fired wide left, both within a one-minute span shortly after.
The game was delayed in the 81st minute when North Carolina players Kim Currie and Merritt Mathias collided heads and had to taken away by ambulance. Sky Blue FC’s only other chance after play resumed was a shot off a corner by Christie Shaner that was easily stopped by Harris.
Special thanks to UNC Student Manager Sarah Woerner for contributing to this game report.

Ashlyn Harris, Meghan Klingenberg, Whitney Engen, Merritt Mathias, Casey Nogueira, Rachel Givan, Nikki Washington, Kristi Eveland, Ali Hawkins, Courtney Jones, Tobin Heath.
SKY BLUE FC: Karen Bardsley, Christie Rampone, Jen Buczkowski, Anita Asante, Natasha Kai, Sarah Walsh, Heather O’Reilly, Meghan Schnur, Collette McCallum, Keeley Dowling, Kacey White.

Tobin Heath (Casey Nogueira) 18th minute
SBFC: Sarah Walsh (Heather O’Reilly) 44th minute
UNC: Nikki Washington 67th minute

Courtesy of: Sky Blue FC

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Breakers, Red Stars Battle to 1-1 Draw in Florida Scrimmage

Posted by iamhannah on March 19, 2009

Lauderhill, Fla. (March 18, 2009) – Boston midfielder Kristine Lilly cancelled out a Karen Carney opener for Chicago as the Breakers and Red Stars drew, 1-1, Wednesday afternoon in a rain-filled WPS scrimmage at the Lauderhill Sports Complex in Lauderhill, Fla.
Carney, a forward with the English National Team, opened the scoring in the 17th minute from a crossing position on the right side just beyond the penalty area. Instead of crossing, Carney’s shot was chipped just beyond the reach of Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill and into the top left corner of the goal.
The Breakers soon began to pressure the Red Star goal and were rewarded in the 36th minute as Lilly found the back of the net after sliding onto a loose ball in the box about six yards in front of goal. Abby Crumpton had just had her shot beat Chicago goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, only to see it cleared off the line by a Chicago defender – creating the loose ball which Lilly pounced on.
It was the second shot in a matter of minutes in which a Red Stars defender was forced to make a saving block.  Amy Rodriguez split the defense with a through ball onto the path of Lilly, who then ran into the box and beat Jönsson, but her shot heading to the lower far corner was blocked by Chicago defender Heather Garriock.
Each team had a handful of chances the rest of the way as the teams played three 45-minute halves. The majority of the starters played at least 60 minutes before being subbed.
Lilly nearly had a second when her 64th-minute effort from a ball left off by Christine Latham in front of the penalty area ended up hitting the lower right post.  Two minutes later, Chicago midfielder Megan Rapinoe just missed to the far right post for the Red Stars.
During the third 45-minute period, Boston’s best chance came in the form of a free kick from Brittany Cooper from thirty yards out that forced a diving save from Chicago’s Lydia Williams in the 103rd minute. The Red Stars came close on a free kick from the right side of the penalty area in the 110th minute in which Michelle Wenino’s header missed wide of the far right post.
The Breakers will have one more scrimmage while in Florida on Saturday against the University of Florida.

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Posted by iamhannah on March 17, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (March 17, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars have signed U.S. Women’s National Team midfielders Carli Lloyd and Lindsay Tarpley to contracts for the 2009 season, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced Tuesday.

“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Carli Lloyd and Lindsay Tarpley,” McDermott said.  “Both of these players are world-class attacking players who will play a critical role for our franchise in providing high-level, entertaining soccer. We are excited to continue to build a highly talented team for the Chicago soccer community to enjoy and embrace.”

The reigning U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd has played a key role for the national team the past three years.  She demonstrated a flair for the dramatic by scoring the game-winning goal in extra time in the 2008 Olympic gold medal match against Brazil.  The New Jersey native also scored four goals at the 2007 Algarve Cup, claiming top scorer and MVP honors.

“Carli is a special player,” Red Stars Coach Emma Hayes said.  “She has the ability and potential to become the best attacking midfielder in the world.”

“I’m very happy to have signed with Chicago,” said Lloyd.  “I feel that I have joined a world class organization. The coaching staff and the players seem committed to make this team into contenders for the championship.  I look forward to this year and a bright future with this team.”

With 117 caps earned, Tarpley is one of the most experienced players on the current national team roster.  The 25 year-old appeared in 34 U.S. games in 2008 and was third on the team with 12 goals scored and 29 total points.  She has also appeared in all 12 of the U.S. team’s Olympic matches in 2004 & 2008.

“Her record speaks for itself,” Hayes said.  “Lindsay is a tireless forward that scores for fun.  She will fit the mentality of our club.”

“I’m really excited to be a Red Star,” said Tarpley.  “I feel privileged to be part of a great organization in a great city. I am really looking forward to the start of the season.”

The newly signed Red Stars will bolster an impressive Chicago midfield that features USWNT teammate Megan Rapinoe and international players Heather Garriock of Australia and Frida Östberg of Sweden.

The US National team duo will be making their Chicagoland debut this Saturday at the IYSA Soccer Expo at Schaumburg Park District Sport Center in Schaumberg, IL.  The entire Red Stars team will be training from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Expo.  This practice is open to the public.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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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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Algarve Cup 2009: USA

Posted by iamhannah on March 10, 2009

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Algarve Cup 2009: Portugal – Poland

Posted by iamhannah on March 10, 2009

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Algarve Cup 2009: Germany

Posted by iamhannah on March 10, 2009

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