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Red Stars lose 2 players in 2-1 loss to Philly

Posted on 12 August 2010 by mwkajdas

Red Stars fans wilted in the heat and humidity Wednesday night at Toyota Park as they watched their team’s playoff hopes wither along with them. Despite fighting back from a one-goal deficit, the Red Stars gave up the game-winning goal to the Philadelphia Independence on a controversial free kick, eventually losing the game 2-1. To add injury to insult, two Red Stars players had to be helped off the pitch: Kate Markgraf with a concussion and Julianne Sitch with what Red Stars coach Omid Namazi described as a possible ACL tear.

The game started out in typical fashion as, for the first ten minutes, the Independence players attempted to execute give-and-go passes through center midfield and the Red Stars attacked up the sidelines but neither team could link the requisite number of passes together to threaten the other team’s net. For the next ten minutes, the Red Stars managed a couple of weak shots from outside the 18-yard box that were easily scooped up by Philadelphia goalkeeper, Karina LeBlanc.

The first real scoring chance came in the 23rd minute when the Red Stars were awarded a free kick on Philadelphia’s goal line just five yards left of the 6-yard box. Casey Nogueira sent the ball curling to the far post but Marian Dalmy headed it over the top of the open net. Two minutes later, the Red Stars created a golden opportunity when Formiga stripped Heather Mitts at the center line and dished the ball to Cristiane, who burst out on a breakaway with Nogueira and Megan Rapinoe following on her flanks. However, the Brazilan chose to samba instead of shoot in front of the lonesome LeBlanc and eventually the Philadelphia defense closed the play down before anyone got a shot off.

Neither team mounted a serious attack for the next twenty minutes and the first half ended in a scoreless draw.

The Independence didn’t wait too long to open the scoring in the second half when Amy Rodriguez took a pass from Lori Lindsey in the 53rd minute and split between the right-side defensive duo of Marian Dalmy and Whitney Engen. A-Rod dribbled the ball to the corner of the 6-yard box and slotted the ball between Red Stars goalkeeper, Jillian Loyden, and the near post.

The Red Stars struck back in the 62nd minute when Casey Nogueira ran the ball up the right sideline and launched a mortar shot toward the goal. The ball appeared to arc over the Philadelphia defenders and find its way into the far corner of the net untouched but Ella Masar was credited for tipping the ball in for her sixth goal of the season. “Ella just kind of threw her body at the ball and she headed it in… I think,” Nogueira sort of confirmed after the game. “That’s what it looked like.”

Noogie almost sent the Red Stars into the lead in the 72nd minute when she fired a wicked bender off a 30-yard free kick that Karina LeBlanc was just able to push over the crossbar. Three minutes later, Nogueira lofted a corner kick to the far post but Formiga’s diving header flew up over the open corner of the net.

Red Stars fans got a scare in the 76th minute Amy Rodriguez intercepted a back-pass from Lydia Vandenbergh to Natalie Spilger and charged unmarked toward the Chicago net. However, Spilger gave chase and went to ground to foil A-Rod’s attempts to curl the ball around her into the exposed goal. Nevertheless, those heroics went for naught just a minute later when A-Rod tried to squeeze between Spilger and Engen and Spilger was cautioned for a hand ball. On the ensuing free kick, just outside the penalty area, Joanna Lohman faked the shot and Lianne Sanderson came up behind her and shot the ball inside the left post for the game-winning goal. “Two players running side-by-side and one getting in front of the other one. There’s nothing there. There’s nothing there,” Namazi commented after the game. “Absolute terrible call. And I’ll take a fine for it if I have to.”

For the remainder of the game, both sides exchanged long passes in an attempt to take advantage of tired legs but it all amounted to much ado about nothing. Philadelphia beat the Red Stars for the third time this season and the Red Stars remain without a win against either of the two WPS expansion teams.

“We’re not a very good team when we go down a goal, you know, based on records,” Namazi summed up the game. “We’re very good when we go up a goal. And tonight we went down a goal, we fought, we came back and we had the momentum going. And one obvious bad call just changes the momentum of the game. But I don’t want to use that as an excuse. We gotta be better than that. We need to take the initiative to score the first goal. The more important thing is we lost a player before the game (referring to Karen Carney, who did not play due to illness) and we lost a couple players during the game. That’s the hardest.”

Coach Namazi also disclosed that there is a visa problem with Veronica Bouquete that prevented her from playing in the game. “We found out on Sunday, when we traveled back from San Jose, that there’s a discrepancy between what we were told is her actual status as far as her visa. So we gotta work through that process of obtaining the proper paperwork. That’s another one I was counting on to play and we find out we can’t play her. I’m hoping that she’s ready for the Washington game.”

Wednesday night was also the Red Stars’ annual “Green Game,” where fans are invited to bid on special jerseys worn by their favorite Red Stars players during that game. In place of the customary green-colored jerseys, this year the Red Stars decided to auction off Puma Project Pink practice kits that the players wore during the pre-game warm-up. Winning bidders took home the autographed jersey along with matching shorts and socks. The winning bids were as follows:

$210 – Ella Masar
$200 – Natalie Spilger
$165 – Kate Markgraf
$130 – Cristiane
$130 – Karen Carney
$125 – Megan Rapinoe
$120 – Jillian Loyden
$105 – Formiga
$100 – Marian Dalmy
$90 – Katie Chapman
$85 – Nikki Washington
$85 – Veronica Boquete Giadans
$80 – Allison Whitworth
$80 – Elise Weber
$80 – Lydia Vandenbergh
$80 – Casey Nogueira
$80 – Whitney Engen
$80 – Kelsey Davis
$75 – Julianne Sitch
$65 – Sophie Reiser
$50 – Jessica McDonald

Match Summary
Chicago Red Stars vs Philadelphia Independence
August 11, 2010 – Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
Attendance: 3,152
Weather: Hot and humid 85 degrees

Scoring
53’ Philadelphia: Amy Rodriguez (Lori Lindsey)
62’ Chicago: Ella Masar (Casey Nogueira)
78’ Philadelphia: Lianne Sanderson (unassisted)

Misconduct
37’ Chicago: Formiga (yellow card)
67’ Chicago: Megan Rapinoe (yellow card)
77’ Chicago: Natalie Spilger (yellow card)
90+ Chicago: Katie Chapman (yellow card)

Lineups
Chicago Red Stars:
Jillian Loyden
Marian Dalmy
Whitney Engen
Kate Markgraf (73: Lydia Vandenbergh)
Natalie Spilger
Casey Nogueira
Katie Chapman
Formiga
Megan Rapinoe
Ella Masar
Cristiane (71: Julianne Sitch, 82: Nikki Washington)

Philadelphia Independence:
Karina LeBlanc
Heather Mitts
Sara Larsson
Nikki Krzysik
Holmfridur Magnussdottir
Christina DiMartino (64: Lianne Sanderson)
Lori Lindsey
Jen Buczkowski
Caroline Seger
Joanna Lohman (84: Estelle Johnson)
Amy Rodriguez (90+: Lindsey Patterson)

Officials
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Asst Referees: Shelley Finger, George Ghawi
4th Official: Miguel Panduro Jr.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Mwkajdas Says:

    Contrary to what I reported above, this game was NOT the Red Stars Green Game. Fans will still have an opportunity to bid on the beloved green jerseys at the next home game on August 22nd against Emma Hayes and the Washington Freedom. You do NOT want to miss this game!!!

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