Posted on 02 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette
In Women’s Professional Soccer, parity is often the name of the game, and things were no different on Wednesday night at Yurcak Field in New Jersey. FC Gold Pride came to the Garden State to take on Sky Blue FC in the final regular season edition of “The Battle of Teams That Choose to Not Identify Geographically”. Continue Reading
Posted on 02 August 2010 by lbarker
Some 18 weeks after breaking a bone in her knee in Sky Blue FC's final preseason match (way back on April 5th), goalkeeper Jenni Branam returned between the posts for the defending champs, but the visiting Chicago Red Stars put a damper on her first game back. A fourth minute tally from Ella Masar and a little insurance care of Karen Carney were all the Red Stars needed to hand Sky Blue their fourth consecutive loss. Brittany Taylor netted Sky Blue's lone goal, but her stoppage time tally was too little, too late for the Blue and Orange.
Posted on 20 July 2010 by lbarker
The Atlanta Beat came to New Jersey with something to prove. The expansion Beat currently sit in last place in the Women's Professional Soccer table and had just one win on the season coming into Sunday night's match. A win against defending WPS champions Sky Blue FC would go a long way towards making the case that the Beat are on the way up. Perhaps more importantly it would avenge the 1-0 loss to Sky Blue on an own-goal that put a damper on the Beat's home opener in early May. Lauren Barker reports.
Posted on 14 July 2010 by mwkajdas
Two months ago, the Chicago Red Stars fired Emma Hayes, their coach of one and a quarter seasons and replaced her with their current coach, Omid Namazi. Despite building a team that, for the most part, dominated play against its opponents, especially in the second halves of games, the complaint against Hayes was that her team was not only not winning enough games but it was not scoring very many goals either. So has the Red Stars new coach solved the two problems that plagued the tenure of Emma Hayes? Read on at ASN's WPS page
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 03 July 2010 by lbarker
As the world focuses on the World Cup in South Africa and takes in every match in crisp, clean high definition, it’s easy to forget summer days playing in the park. As the debates rage on about referees and instant replay and goal-line technology, it’s easy to forget games with garbage cans as goalposts. As fans fill stadiums and complain about (or embrace?) the vuvuzela and as players complain about (or embrace?) the Jabulani, it’s easy to forget middle-of-the-street games stopped not by a referee’s whistle, but by the simpler sound of someone yelling “car!” On Wednesday night as the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer All-Star Game took place, it was about remembering. This year’s game came to KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA with a very unique format and a very simple goal; a return to the playground, schoolyard or middle-of-the-street roots where so many first found soccer, a tribute to why and how we came to love this game back when.
Posted on 28 June 2010 by asu
The FC Gold Pride suffered their third loss of the season tonight against NJ Sky Blue. Playing in triple-digit weather seemed to have a different and opposite effect on each team, with the Pride limping into the game with heavy legs and only beginning to heat up too late into the second half while Sky Blue consistently sizzled with offensive aplomb and a composed and cool defense. Alice Hsu reports
Posted on 20 June 2010 by lbarker
The story-line of the night should have been Christie Rampone playing the full 90 and donning the captain's armband in her return to Yurcak. Instead it was two former Boston Breakers having two very different nights and one former Chicago Red Star who was left unprotected in the expansion draft delivering a breakout performance. Continue on to the story here
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 31 May 2010 by mwkajdas
In what could be considered the biggest upset win of this WPS season to date, the Chicago Red Stars, at the end of a tumultuous week of changing coaches, defeated league-leading FC Gold Pride and ended their five-game winning streak with an early second-half goal from Kosovare Asllani. Michael Kajdas reports from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on that match.
The Boston Breakers came to Yurcak Field in New Jersey on Saturday night looking to stop two streaks, an all time winless record against defending WPS Champions Sky Blue FC and the five game winless streak they’ve carried since the second week of the season. After 90 minutes, the Breakers would leave with both still intact, playing to a 0-0 draw with Sky Blue in a game that saw Heather O’Reilly start at forward rather than her usual spot in midfield. The switch agreed with the U.S. international. “I have a lot of fun playing striker,” she said after the match. Lauren Barker reports from Piscataway, N.J.