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Marta and Masar trade braces in 3-2 Red Stars loss

Posted on 22 August 2010 by mwkajdas

FC Gold Pride finally found the goals that had eluded them for the last three games, scoring three times before a season-high crowd of 6,089 in Toyota Park to clinch the WPS regular season title. Ella Masar brought the Red Stars back twice after Marta and Rachel Buehler each put the visiting team ahead but Marta’s penalty kick late in the game provided the kicker for the Pride.

It took less than eight minutes for the Pride to open the scoring when Rachel Buehler passed deep to Ali Riley charging into the left corner. Riley lofted a cross into the 6-yard box where Marta tucked the ball away past the left glove of Jillian Loyden.

Megan Rapinoe came close to tying the score in the 13th minute when she outwrestled Buehler for the ball at the top of the penalty area but her shot was aimed directly at Nicole Barnhart, who easily made the save. Five minutes later, Ella Masar passed the ball out left to Cristiane who dribbled the ball to the corner of the 6-yard box. She unleashed a left-footed shot that Masar was able to redirect under Barnhart for her seventh goal of the season. “I took a touch on it, I think, and then there was a collision between me and Buehler and Barnhart,” Masar described the goal afterward. “Barnhart had a touch on it and then there was a collision and the ball just got underneath her.”

The Red Stars threatened again in the 22nd minute when Formiga threaded a pass up through the midfield into open space in front of goal but Barnhart charged out to fall on the ball before Cristiane could catch up with it.

Marta raising the ire of the crowd four minutes later when she was called for a foul on Formiga and then openly accused her compatriot of diving, pantomiming a flop to the referee to no avail. Those jeers turned to cheers when she later repeated the foul on Megan Rapinoe and received a yellow card for her effort.

The Pride clawed their way back into the lead in the 33rd minute when Tiffeny Milbrett fired a corner kick from out left that pounced into the net off the head of Rachel Buehler. The half ended with the score at 2-1.

The Red Stars nearly equalized again just three minutes into the second half when Ella Masar, running up the right wing, deked around Buehler and passed the ball off to Cristiane. Cristiane crossed the ball to Marian Dalmy on the opposite wing but her header just missed the open net. Six minutes later, Cristiane found space on the right wing and pushed the ball ahead for Megan Rapinoe, who was charging on a breakaway with the ferocity of Lisbeth Salander. Unfortunately for Red Stars fans, Nicole Barnhart slid to smother the ball before The Girl with the Woodpecker Haircut could catch up to it.

The Red Stars showed some flash in the 59th minute when Lydia Vandenbergh drove deep along the left wing and crossed in front of goal where Cristiane fired a bicycle kick that was blocked by a Gold Pride defender. Megan Rapinoe trapped the rebound for a second bite of the apple but her shot flew wide of the left post.

The Red Stars fought back for the second time when, in the 61st minute, Formiga intercepted a clearing pass 30 yards from the Gold Pride net and passed the ball out to Marian Dalmy charging up the right wing. Dalmy fired a cross through the six-yard box where Ella Masar was waiting to deflect it into goal.

The Pride nearly took the lead again just one minute later when Christine Sinclair stripped the ball from the Red Stars defense and broke free on goal. Sinclair was able to maneuver around Loyden, who had charged out of her goal, but Lydia Vandenbergh slid in from behind to block her shot on the empty net.

Sinclair threatened again just one minute later when she ran behind the Red Stars defense to catch a pass but her point-blank shot from the corner of the 6-yard box was saved by Loyden. A minute after that Sinclair was at it again, pushing Natalie Spilger off the ball and crossing it in from the right. Kelley O’Hara was wide open on the opposite post but she just missed getting her header on frame.

The clincher for the Gold Pride came in the 78th minute when the Pride was awarded a penalty kick after Natalie Spilger was caught handling the ball in the penalty area. Jillian Loyden took the opportunity to enjoy a cool beverage while Marta cooled her heels waiting to take the kick. Eventually the referee intervened to end the stalling tactic. Loyden dove to her left and Marta kicked straight into the middle of the net for her second goal of the night.

The Red Stars had a chance to come back for a third time with a corner kick in the 87th minute but the ball rattled in front of net between Masar and Casey Nogueira and neither was able to get off a shot. The Gold Pride provided the only attack in extra time when Kelley O’Hara shook off three defenders but shot the ball over the goal. Marta had a chance for the hat trick when she intercepted a goal kick and charged the net unmarked but she pushed her shot just wide of the left goalpost.

“I liked the way we played, I liked the way we fought,” Red Stars coach Omid Namazi commented after the game. “A couple of unfortunate calls against us. I gotta see the video on their third goal, the penalty kick, to see if it was a legitimate handball. I think I saw it hit her hand or hit her arm. I don’t know if, in that situation, I would call it. I thought the first goal was clearly offsides but we don’t look for excuses. We got beat and the results are disappointing. But, again, some of the things that we did in that game I liked: the fact that we scored two goals for the first time in a while was a good thing, was something that we’ll take positive from this game.

We’re down a little bit, injury-wise. We’ve got internationals coming in fifteen minutes before the game. Kate Markgraf, fifteen minutes before the game, I’m told she can’t play because of her concussion and her symptoms. So, all in all, with what we had, not too bad. But, obviously, it’s disappointing to lose. Anytime you lose, it’s no good… The playoffs, obviously don’t look good but we’re not gonna give up.”

This was also the Red Stars’ annual “Green Game,” where Red Stars players wear special green-colored kits and fans are invited to bid on the game-worn jerseys with the proceeds going to the Red Stars Charitable Foundation. This year, the Red Stars wore white jerseys with green names and numbers in place of the customary green. The minimum bid for each jersey was $50 and a bid of $250 guaranteed that you took the shirt home. The winning bids were as follows:

$250 – Ella Masar
$250 – Natalie Spilger
$250 – Kate Markgraf
$250 – Cristiane
$250 – Karen Carney
$250 – Megan Rapinoe
$250 – Formiga
$250 – Marian Dalmy
$250 – Julianne Sitch
$210 – Casey Nogueira
$160 – Sophie Reiser
$150 – Jessica McDonald
$150 – Katie Chapman
$130 – Jillian Loyden
$125 – Allison Whitworth
$120 – Whitney Engen
$100 – Nikki Washington
$100 – Elise Weber
$100 – Christie Shaner
??? – Lydia Vandenbergh (sorry, missed that one)

Match Summary
Chicago Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride
August 22, 2010 – Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
Attendance: 6,089
Weather: Sunny, clear skies and 82 degrees

8’ Gold Pride: Marta (Ali Riley)
18’ Chicago: Ella Masar (Cristiane)
33’ Gold Pride: Rachel Buehler (Tiffeny Milbrett)
61’ Chicago: Ella Masar (Marian Dalmy)
79’ Gold Pride: Marta (Penalty Kick)

43’ Gold Pride: Marta (yellow card)
45+ Chicago: Formiga (yellow card)

Chicago Red Stars:
Jillian Loyden
Lydia Vandenbergh (85: Nikki Washington)
Natalie Spilger
Whitney Engen
Marian Dalmy
Katie Chapman (74: Karen Carney)
Megan Rapinoe
Casey Nogueira
Ella Masar

FC Gold Pride:
Nicole Barnhart
Kandace Wilson
Candace Chapman
Rachel Buehler
Ali Riley
Kiki Bosio (58: Kelley O’Hara)
Shannon Boxx (78: Carrie Dew)
Becky Edwards
Christine Sinclair
Tiffeny Milbrett (83: Kristen Graczyk)

Referee: Michael Donovan
Asst Referees: Debbie Coleman, Victor Herrera
4th Official: George Ghawi

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