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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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See Extraordinary: Rachel Buehler

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

FC Gold Pride defender Rachel Buehler exhibits extraordinary sacrifice and desire. Catch Rachel and other Women’s Professional Soccer stars on WPS Sunday on FSC! Or buy tickets to see your favorite WPS team play: http://www.womensprosoccer.com/tickets/tickets

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See Extraordinary: Natasha Kai

Posted by iamhannah on April 16, 2009

See Extraordinary: Sky Blue FC’s Natasha Kai exhibits extraordinary energy and flair. Catch Natasha and other Women’s Professional Soccer stars on Fox Soccer Channel all season long on WPS Sunday on FSC or buy tickets to see Natasha and Co. play: http://www.womensprosoccer.com

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CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL MARTINA FRANKO SIGNS WITH THE LOS ANGELES SOL

Posted by iamhannah on April 16, 2009

CARSON, CA – Thursday, April 16, 2009 The Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer, who has opened the 2009 season with two consecutive victories, has signed defender Martina Franko to a contract, the club announced today. Per club and WPS policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Franko, a Canadian National Team member who has earned 54 caps and scored 5 goals as a forward for the Maple Leafs, played at Colorado College and currently ranks second on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list with 107 career points. She also took the pitch for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2001-2005 and played an integral role in helping them to two W-League Championships in 2003 and 2005.

“Martina is an experienced leader who will bring a veteran presence to our young and diverse team,” said Head Coach Abner Rogers. “Her understanding of what it takes to be successful on the pitch will be invaluable to the success of our season.”

Franko, who became a Canadian citizen through marriage, becomes the seventh international representative on the Sol roster, joining fellow Canadian National Team member and standout goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, three-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year Marta from Brazil, Aya Miyama of Japan, Han Duan of China, Camille Abily of France and Johanna Frisk, from Sweden. The club also features U.S. Internationals Shannon Boxx, Stephanie Cox, Kendall Fletcher and Aly Wagner.

Courtesy of: Los Angeles Sol

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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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See Extraordinary: Lindsay Tarpley

Posted by iamhannah on April 8, 2009

See Extraordinary: Chicago Red Stars forward Lindsay Tarpley exhibits extraordinary intensity and force. Catch Lindsay and other Women’s Professional Soccer stars on Fox Soccer Channel all season long on WPS Sunday on FSC or buy tickets to see Lindsay and Co. play: Women’s Professional Soccer

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Marta Goals vs Sky Blue FC

Posted by leyrocks on April 8, 2009

Finally some video, thanks to the LA Sol

 

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CHICAGO RED STARS OPEN WPS SEASON WITH 1-0 WIN OVER SAINT LOUIS

Posted by iamhannah on April 5, 2009

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. (APRIL 4, 2009) – Lindsay Tarpley’s goal in the 78th minute lifted the Chicago Red Stars to victory in the team’s inaugural game, a 1-0 win over Saint Louis Athletica Saturday night in front of 5,008 fans at Ralph Korte Stadium.

Defender Marian Dalmy picked up the assist on the game’s lone tally in a match the Red Stars played largely in their own half of the pitch.  Pushing forward along the right flank, Dalmy served a dangerous, dipping ball just over the back line to Tarpley, who ran into the box and volleyed the ball with her left foot to the far right post.  The ball sailed past outstretched Athletica keeper Hope Solo and into the net.

“It happened so fast,” Tarpley said after the match.  “Marian played a great ball into the box and I made a back post run and got through, and I was just there to finish it off.”

It was just the second shot after intermission for Chicago, which was outshot 15-7 by Athletica in the match.  Both teams managed four shots on goal, with Red Stars keeper Caroline Jönsson recording all four saves.  Athletica keeper Hope Solo stopped three shots.

Athletica had several chances to earn a draw late in the match on a series of fouls called deep in the Chicago end.  The best scoring opportunity came in the 90th minute, when Red Stars defender Nikki Krzysik was whistled for a foul on Athletica’s Lori Chalupny.  The Chicago defense blocked Daniela’s free kick, but couldn’t clear the ball out of danger.  Lisa Stoia was able to track down the loose ball and fire off a shot, which Jönsson snared.  Danger averted, the Red Stars controlled the ball for the final two minutes of extra time to earn the franchise’s first win.

“For the girls today I think there was an awful lot of emotion and anxiety coming into the game,” said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes.  “I thought they did well.  You come away from home and defend like that; I think we deserved to nick the winner in the end.”

The Red Stars nearly got on the board in the 45th minute.  Dalmy played the ball to Carli Lloyd who fired a hard shot from the right side of the box.  Solo made the initial save but the ball popped free in the air directly at Lindsay Tarpley, who headed a sharp drive straight back at the goal.  Solo made the second save and wrapped up the ball off the second chance.

The first half was controlled by Athletica’s offense.  Saint Louis recorded eight shots to Chicago’s four in the first half, including an early chance in the eighth minute.  Lori Chalupny found Angie Woznuk free on the right side of the box, and the midfielder hammered a shot to the upper right corner that Jönsson was able to parry away.

Chicago’s first shot on goal in franchise history came in the 25th minute.  Karen Carney took a run on the right side from just past midfield all the way into the box before firing a ball that Solo briefly bobbled before corralling.

Jönsson made another strong save in the 40th minute off an Athletica corner.  Melissa Tancredi sent a header on goal off the corner kick from Kerri Hanks, but again Jönsson denied the opportunity.

The Red Stars return to action Saturday, April 11th at Washington Freedom.  The game will be played at Washington’s RFK Stadium.

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Scoring Summary
CHI – Tarpley, 1 (Dalmy, 1) 78th

GOALS                  1             2              Total
Chicago                0              1              1
Saint Louis           0              0              0

SHOTS                  1             2              Total
Chicago               4              3              7
Saint Louis           8              7              15

SOG                       1             2              Total
Chicago                                3              1              4
Saint Louis           3              1              4

SAVES                   1             2              Total
Chicago                3              1              4
Saint Louis           3              0              4

CORNERS            1             2              Total
Chicago               2              0              2
Saint Louis           3              2              5

OFFSIDES             1             2              Total
Chicago               0              0              0
Saint Louis           0              1              1

FOULS                   1             2              Total
Chicago               4              10           14
Saint Louis           4              4              8
LINEUPS:
CHI: Jonsson, Dalmy, Krzysik, Dieke, Ostberg, Klein, Lloyd, Tarpley, Carney, Rapinoe (Adams, 68th), Masar
STL : Solo, Ellertson (Gray, 65th), McNeill, Larsson, Tancredi, Woznuk, Stoia, Chalupny, Daniela, Aluko (Francielle, 84th), Hanks

ATTENDANCE:  5,008

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Late Milbrett Goal Denies Point for Breakers in Season Opener

Posted by iamhannah on April 5, 2009

Santa Clara, Calif. (April 6, 2009) – Tiffany Milbrett came off the bench to spoil the Boston Breakers comeback with a goal in the 90th minute to lift FC Gold Pride to a 2-1 victory over the Breakers in the first-ever match for both teams in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday evening in front of 6,459 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Milbrett’s winner for FCGP (1-0) came against the run of play as the Breakers (0-1) had taken the momentum following a Kelly Smith equalizer in the 79th minute. Second-half substitute Stacy Bishop dribbled into the box and poked the ball thru to Smith in front of goal. Smith then touched the ball and rounded FCGP goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, settled and then blasted the ball into the top of the net.
Smith had a great chance for a second equalizer in the final minute of stoppage time when her 22-yard left-footed effort beat Barnhart but smacked the crossbar and went out of play.
Eriko Arakawa opened the scoring for the home team with a 15th-minute glancing header at the near post after some good build up and a Tiffany Weimer cross from the right edge of the penalty area.
Milbrett’s winner came after another second-half sub, Kandace Wilson, crossed and forced Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill to punch ball away. The ball fell right to Millbrett in front of area, however, as she settled and blasted ball in center of goal before Luckenbill and the Breakers defense could block the ball off the line.
“We are disappointed, but I thought we had some good performances and some average ones out there,” said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco.  “We just need to get better consistency. It was an exciting game and I think it would have been a fair result as a tie, but they took their chances and we didn’t.
“I thought Kelly Smith was the class player out on the field for us today.”
The Breakers travel back to Boston for the team’s home opener on Saturday against Saint Louis Athletica at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. Single-game tickets for all games, as well as group and season tickets are now on sale by calling 781-251-2100. For online orders, package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.
Arakawa got the counter-attack going for the first goal by picking up a loose ball in Boston’s attacking third and giving to Formiga, who ran through midfield before dishing to Christine Sinclair on the left side.  The Canadian international then centered back to Arakawa, who left it back to Carrie Dew, who then distributed on the flank to Weimer for the cross to Arakawa.
The Breakers settled after the goal and went on the attack – with Smith and Amy Rodriguez being a constant attacking threat throughout the rest of the match.  Rodriguez had her first of two opening-half chances on goal when she stole a ball in the back after the Brazilian Erika misplayed the ball and had a clear path to goal in the 18th minute – only to have Barnhart come out and get the stop.
Smith then set up a pair of chances for Boston with a couple of surgical through balls. First in the 32nd minute, from about 10 yards into her own defensive half, Smith sent a long pass on the ground into the path of Christine Latham.  Latham took the ball in the box and centered for Rodriguez, but the ball was cleared away before she could get a touch.
Three minutes later, again starting from midfield, Smith dribbled into space and placed the ball between two defenders for Rodriguez, who then had a left-footed effort saved by the leg of Barnhart in front of goal.
Formiga nearly added to the FCGP lead after she forced a leaping save from Luckenbill in the 62nd minute after stealing the ball just outside the box.
Boston’s attack picked up steam shortly thereafter. In the 68th minute, Kristine Lilly passed the ball along the left touchline for substitute Kelly Schmedes, who then sent a cross into the center of the penalty area for Rodriguez, but FCGP defender Rachel Buehler was there to close in and break the opportunity up.
Rodriguez was at it again in the 77th minute, this time providing the service herself from the right side of the area to Lilly at the far post, but the cross was just a little too high.
The Breakers got it right in the 79th minute with Smith’s tally, and then had a number of chances to add a second before and after Milbrett’s winner. The best perhaps in the 88th minute when Smith scooped up a clever ball over the top of the FCGP defense for Schmedes, who then touched the ball over the keeper, but also just over the crossbar.
Box Score
April 05, 2009 – Boston Breakers vs. FC Gold Pride
GOALS 1 2 Total
Boston 0 1 1
FC Gold Pride 1 1 2
SCORING SUMMARY
Minute Team Goal
15’ FC Gold Pride Eriko Arakawa (Tiffany Weimer)
79’ Boston Kelly Smith (Stacey Bishop)
90’ FC Gold Pride Tiffany Milbrett (UA)
MISCONDUCT SUMMARY
None
LINEUPS
FC Gold Pride: Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Erika, Carrie Dew, Formiga, Leslie Osborne (Brandi Chastain, 65′), Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristen Graczyk, Christine Sinclair (Tiffany Milbrett, 69′), Eriko Arakawa (Kandace Wilson, 83′), Tiffany Weimer
Boston Breakers: Kristin Luckenbill, Alex Scott, Nancy Augustyniak-Goffi, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kasey Moore (Sue Weber, 81′), Kristine Lilly, Angela Hucles (Stacy Bishop, 72′), Kelly Smith, Christine Latham (Kelly Schmedes, 58′), Amy Rodriguez
ATTENDANCE: 6,459

Courtesy of: Boston Breakers

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LOS ANGELES SOL SIGNS LIZ BOGUS

Posted by iamhannah on April 2, 2009

CARSON, CA – Thursday, April 2, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer, fresh off a 2-0 defeat of the Washington Freedom in their first-ever match, have signed forward Liz Bogus to a developmental contract, the club announced today. Per club and WPS policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 25-year old Bogus tallied 31 goals and 18 assists during her four-year career with Arizona State University, picking up the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year award in 2002 and earning Pac-10 First Team honors in 2002 and 2005.  She joins a Los Angeles Sol side that already features three-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year Marta and U.S. National Team fixtures Shannon Boxx and Aly Wagner.

“Bogi possesses exceptional pace and athleticism,” General Manager Charlie Naimo said. “She is a terrific all-around player that will truly be an asset to this team.”

The 2002 Gatorade Utah High School Player of the Year will join former ASU teammate Manya Makoski on the pitch for the Sol.

Courtesy of: Los Angeles Sol

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