Posted on 08 July 2010 by lbarker
Many Sky Blue fans would probably want to forget the last time they saw their team play at home. Those in attendance three weeks ago saw the blue and orange upstaged by the expansion Philadelphia Independence, in an ugly 4-1 drubbing. Since then Sky Blue has been busy, handing first place FC Gold Pride their first home loss of the season, sending six players to the WPS All-Star Game in Atlanta, and then meeting President Barack Obama, who honored the team at the White House on July 1st for their 2009 WPS Championship. They've also since lost All-Star goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, likely for the season, with a broken collarbone and Swedish striker Jessica Landstrom to FFC Frankfurt of the Frauen Bundesliga. On Wednesday night at Yurcak Field in New Jersey, Sky Blue FC finally came home and treated the 2,871 in attendance to a good ol' defensive battle, drawing 0-0 with the Washington Freedom. "A good, solid game" was how Sky Blue coach Pauliina Miettinen described it.
Lauren Barker reports
Posted on 06 June 2010 by asu
The top of the ranks for Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league remained unchanged with the FC Gold Pride’s 1-1 tie tonight in the game against the Washington Freedom. The big news of the week, of course, was the acquisition of Shannon Boxx (formerly of the Saint Louis Athletica) on Thursday by the Pride. Boxx may have just practiced with the FC Gold Pride a total of two times before starting and playing a full 90 minutes tonight, but her ability to adapt and become an integral part of the number one team in the league in such a short period of time is telling. The fact that she had played with about half of the team before, either on the United States Women’s National and Olympic teams or the Los Angeles Sol, did not hurt the cohesive process either. ASN's Alice Su reports on FCGP's 1-1 draw with the Freedom
Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff
Friday night in Philadelphia, PUMA and Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled the new 2010 WPS Home and Away Uniforms, including the official kit debut of the newest franchises, the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. The launch event, which took place hours after the 2010 WPS Draft, highlighted veteran players from the league’s nine teams as well as newly drafted professional players who proudly wore their team colors for the first time. Click here to go directly to the photo gallery
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Posted on 10 June 2009 by ASN Staff
ASN's Craig Bennett was at Home Depot Center Sunday gathering photographic evidence of the Washington Freedom vs. Los Angeles Sol match (read ASN's match report here
) and check out the photos here
All photos ©ASN/Craig Bennett, 112575 Media Inc. To see more of Craig's work check out his Web site
Posted on 02 April 2009 by ASN Staff
The Los Angeles Sol and Washington Freedom provided a well-played and hard-fought opening match to the brand new Women's Professional League, much to the appreciation of 14,832 spectators at Home Depot Center (more than the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew's home opener, more than the New York Red Bulls' home opener and more than twice the amount that attended MLS' Sunday feature at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex.). Three-time FIFA world player of the year Marta
was as good as expected, assisting on the second Sol goal and leading her club to victory. ASN's Ivan Yeo was there and filed this report
Posted on 30 March 2009 by ASN Staff
“From my experience, the level of play was better than that of the WUSA inaugural game.”–Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra on the Women’s Professional Soccer inaugural, played Sunday at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Los Angeles Sol defeated Washington 2-0.
Gabarra should know about the subject, having coached the prior incarnation of the Freedom in the 2001 WUSA opener. Those Freedom won that game, 1-0 over the Bay Area CyberRays in front of 34,148 at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium. Hopefully that’s a good sign for the nascent WPS.
Posted on 29 March 2009 by iyeo
After five years, women’s professional soccer is back in the United States, figuratively and literally.
A new seven-team league, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), is set to kick off today. Two teams that figure to receive plenty of attention, the Los Angeles Sol and the Washington Freedom, will take the field at the Home Depot Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. local time to start a new and long overdue era in women's professional soccer.
ASN's Ivan Yeo reports from Los Angeles.