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2010 WPS kits unveiled at post draft event (updated with video and photo gallery)

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.

Created as the ultimate PUMA & WPS Fan experience, hundreds of soccer fans joined the sportlifestyle brand to kick off the second WPS season – preseason pep rally style. Hosted by Los Angeles Sol goalkeeper and PUMA Athlete Karina Le Blanc, the evening’s festivities reinforced the brand’s commitment to women, the sport of soccer and the fans who love the players and the game.

Women representing the teams included:

· Atlanta Beat: Leigh Ann Robinson, Defender and Tobin Heath, #1 draft pick for WPS 2010
· Boston Breakers: Leslie Osborne, Midfielder & PUMA Athlete and Lauren Cheney
· Chicago Red Stars: Ella Masar, Forward and Whitney Engen
· FC Gold Pride: Tiffeny Milbrett, Forward and Kelley O’Hara
· Los Angeles Sol: Manya Makoski, Defender and Casey Nogueira
· Philadelphia Independence: Amy Rodriguez, Forward & PUMA Athlete and Caroline Seger
· Sky Blue FC: Yael Averbuch, Midfielder and Brittany Taylor
· St Louis Athletica: Kendall Fletcher, Defender and Angie Kerr, Midfielder
· Washington Freedom: Cat Whitehill, Defender and Nikki Marshall

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Athletica hand Sol first home loss

Posted on 09 July 2009 by iyeo

There’s still Hope for Saint Louis Athletica.

Saint Louis has Hope and hope

Actually, there was already hope in the Gateway City in the name of goalkeeper Hope Solo, but her presence in front of Saint Louis Athletica’s net was greatly needed on Wednesday afternoon. Solo’s four saves along with an early strike by midfielder Amanda Cinalli gave the visitors a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Sol at the Home Depot Center.

The win keeps Saint Louis alive in the chase for Women’s Professional Soccer’s regular season championship, which guarantees them an automatic berth into the WPS Championship match, which will be on August 22nd.. Saint Louis (7-5-2, 23 points) trails Los Angeles (11-2-4, 37 points) by 14 points with six matches to play as opposed to the Sol’s three. Still, Saint Louis would probably have to win out and hope Los Angeles loses out in order to take the regular season title.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league,” Solo said.

Saint Louis for the moment will cherish becoming the first team to defeat the Sol at the Home Depot Center all season, oddly enough, in Los Angeles’ final regular season home match.

“They (Los Angeles) probably dominated a bit more, but we deserved to win,” Athletica defender Tina Ellertson said.

St. Louis forced Los Angeles into a rare position of having to chase a match in the 11th minute when Athletica forward Enola Aluko led a fast break on the left side and sent in a quick cross to an open Amanda Cinalli, who then shot the ball past Sol keeper Karina LeBlanc, beating her to the far right post.

LA looked to respond and had two great chances to equalize, but came up empty on both tries. The first came in the 20thminute, when a ball apparently intended for Han Duan found its way into the box, but went past her, though it went to Marta, who fired a quick shot but was stopped by keeper Hope Solo. LA forced Solo into another save situation again in the 31st minute when Marta found Duan in the box, Duan then faked past two Athletica defenders and shot immediately, but Solo dived to her right to make the save.

“We were a little bit flat,” Sol head coach Abner Rogers said. “I thought we could’ve a little better job defensively, but we had a much better second half.”

Los Angeles came into the second half with some sense of urgency, as Sol head coach Abner Rogers immediately substituted forward Liz Bogus and midfielder Aly Wagner into the match. Wagner immediately tried to make an impact, but her shot just a minute into the half went off to the right. 12 minutes later, Marta almost bended a corner kick into a goal, but Solo jumped and got her right hand on the ball to prevent the score.

Those two chances however paled in comparison to the next two looks Los Angeles had, only to see it go to waste. In the 63rdminute, Marta sent a long ball to midfielder Aya Miyama, who timed her run perfectly and broke for goal with only Solo to beat, Miyama however stumbled as she prepared to shoot and the Athletica backline was able to recover and send the ball out of play. Four minutes later, Marta led a break into the Saint Louis box and fed a ball to Miyama, who looked to have an open net shot after Solo had committed to Marta’s run, but Miyama took too long to shoot and by the time she did, Solo and an Athletica defender were able to recover and block Miyama’s shot. The Sol’s last chance came towards the end of the match in the 87th minute, when a ball off a free kick went to midfielder Shannon Boxx, who let loose a shot that just sailed over the crossbar.

“We fought hard,” Boxx said. “We probably should’ve had a couple, but we never gave up and we created opportunities.”

Saint Louis will have ten days off before it travels to the Maryland Soccerplex to face the Washington Freedom. Los Angeles meanwhile will have two weeks off before facing in-state rival FC Gold Pride on July 23.

Match Facts

Saint Louis Athletica – Los Angeles Sol 1:0 (1:0)
Carson, Calif. , – The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary
STL – Amanda Cinalli (Eniola Aluko) 11’

Lineups
Saint Louis Athletica: Hope Solo; Elsie Weber, Tina Ellertson, Sara Larsson, Stephanie Logeterman;Lori Chalupny©, Kendall Fletcher, Amanda Cinalli (78: Melissa Tancredi), Lisa Stoia, Angie Woznuk (77: Kia McNeill); Eniola Aluko (91+: Niki Cross).

Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Manya Makoski, Stephanie Cox, Brittany Bock, Katie Larkin (46:Aly Wagner); McCall Zerboni (78: Lyndsey Patterson), Camille Abily, Shannon Boxx©, Aya Miyama; Han Duan (46: Liz Bogus), Marta.

Misconduct Summary
LA – Marta (caution) 70’
STL – McNeill (caution) 83’

Referee: Margaret Domka
SAR: Marlene Duffy
JAR: Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Israel Fernandez
Attendance: 4,841
Weather: Sunny and 79 degrees

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Abily, Boxx power Sol to 2-0 win over Saint Louis

Posted on 31 May 2009 by iyeo

The Los Angeles Sol and Saint Louis Athletica were riding hot streaks into its Women’s Professional Soccer match at the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams had won its last two matches, and in the end, it was the Sol who got to build on its streak, as goals from midfielders Camille Abily and Shannon Boxx provided the difference in Los Angeles’ 2-0 win over Saint Louis.

“We came out here and played very good soccer,” Boxx said. The Sol’s win, its sixth of the season, keeps them in first place in WPS and makes them the first team to 20 points. Los Angeles also widened the gap between them and the second place Boston Breakers by nine points. St. Louis falls to 2-3-2 and stays at eight points.

It’s good to win,” Sol head coach Abner Rogers said. “We created a lot of opportunities. We worked on not always needing to get forward and possessing the ball in which created the second goal by Boxx.”

The Sol (6-1-2) found the back of the net in the 35th minute. Marta fed a short pass to Boxx. Who charged in and let loose a quick cross to Abily, who waited for Solo to commit to stopping her shot before blasting one past Solo to the upper right net for her third goal of the season. Los Angeles got the insurance goal five minutes into the second half, as a run by Duan drew the Saint Louis defense towards her and Duan flicked a short ball to a wide open Boxx in the box. Boxx then blasted a shot past Solo to the far right post for her first goal of the season.

“(Coach) Abner (Rogers) feels very confident in me going forward,” Boxx, normally a defensive midfielder, said. “Huan played a great ball to me and made it very easy for me.”

Saint Louis Athletica had its own good looks at goal. None as best as the opportunity forward Eniola Aluko had in the first half, when she shot a ball that went past Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and stayed in the box, but no other Athletica player was in position to put home the sitter and defender Allison Falk cleared the ball out of harm’s way. Another shot attempt by Athletica later in the first half was deflected by LeBlanc and again sat in the box, but no Athletica players were around to capitalize, and Sol cleared away another danger.

“Today was one of those games where we couldn’t get things going,” Athletica midfielder Lori Chalupny said. “When you play a team like LA, ou can’t afford to not play your best.”

Though the two teams met back on April 25, Saturday’s match marked the first meeting between the Sol’s three-time FIFA player of the year Marta and Athletica goalkeeper Hope Solo, considered the best goalkeeper in the world. A showdown between the two developed in the second half as Marta chased down a long-ball and broke for goal. Marta unleashed a shot on goal, but Solo got her right hand on the shot and directed it out of play.

The Sol will have little time to savor its win over Athletica, as it prepares for a midweek match against the Chicago Red Stars, who feature its own Brazilian superstar forward, Cristianne, as well as US National Team players Carli Lloyd, midfielder, and forward Lindsay Tarpley. Saint Louis Athletica will host troubled Sky Blue FC on June 7.

Match Facts

Saint Louis Athletica (2-3-2) vs. Los Angeles Sol (6-1-2)

March 30, 2009. Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary
LA – Camille Abily 3 (Marta, Shannon Boxx) 35
LA – Shannon Boxx 1 (Huan Duan) 50

Cautions and Ejections
None

Lineups:
Saint Louis Athletica – Hope Solo, Sara Larsson, Kia McNeill, Tina Ellertson, Angie Woznuk, Lori Chalupny, Francielle (Christie Welsh 75), Kendall Fletcher (Elise Weber 45), Niki Cross (Lisa Stoia 65), Kerri Hanks, Eniola Aluko.

Substitutes not used: Amanda Cinalli, Jillian Loyden.

Los Angeles Sol – Karina LeBlanc, Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox, Manya Makoski, Shannon Boxx, Aya Miyama, Camille Abily, Brittany Bock (McCall Zerboni 86), Han Duan (Katie Larkin 87), Marta.

Substitutes not used: Val Henderson, Keri Sanchez, Liz Bogus, Johanna Frisk, Greer Barnes.

Statistical Summary:
STL/LA
Shots 8 16
Shots on goal 4 8
Saves 6 4
Corner Kicks 2 6
Offsides 1 3
Fouls 7 3


Officials

Referee: Kari Seitz
Asst. Referees: Veronica Perez; Bing Kongmehbol
Fourth Official: Felisha Mariscal
Attendance: 6288

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Sol host Athletica in first leg of WPS-MLS doubleheader

Posted on 30 May 2009 by iyeo

Marta, here in action against Sky Blue, is perhaps the biggest attraction from both games

The Los Angeles Sol host Saint Louis Athletica in the first leg of a WPS/MLS doubleheader Saturday night at Home Depot Center. In the second leg, the LA Galaxy host the Kansas City Wizards (click link for preview of that game).

The Sol still sit atop first place in WPS with 17 points and a 5-1-2. The Sol’s latest win occured last Sunday against FC Gold Pride 2-0. Camille Abily scored the Sol’s first goal in the 27th minute on a penalty kick after midfielder Aya Miyama was fouled in the box on a breakaway. Sol forward Han Duan sealed the win with a strike in the 86th minute for her first goal of the season. The Sol were actually without midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who were away on international duty, but both will be back in time for today’s match.

Saint Louis Athletica have started to show signs of life after a slow start. Athletica went winless in its first four matches of the season, but has bounced back with two straight wins. St. Louis’ first win came against FC Gold Pride on May 9 and Athletica followed the win with a 2-0 win over regional rival Chicago Red Stars. Athletica currently stands in fifth place with eight points and a 2-2-2 record. St. Louis is led by standout goalkeeper Hope Solo and midfielder Lori Chalupny.

The Sol and Athletica have gotten to know each other quite well during the season’s first two months. The two teams played to a scoreless draw on April 25 at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis. Los Angeles was missing Duan and Marta, both of whom were away on International duty. Shortly after the match, Los Angeles and St. Louis made a trade that saw the Sol send forward Chrstie Welsh and defender Kendall Fletcher to Athletica for future draft considerations.

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National team allocations: done!

Posted on 16 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The new Women’s Professional Soccer league announced the allocations of the U.S. Women’s National Team to its seven franchises Tuesday, Sept. 16 during a ceremony at New York’s Sports Museum of America.

The announcement was hosted by NBA All-Star and WPS part-owner Steve Nash and presided over by WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. Each of the seven teams set to begin play in WPS for the 2009 season were allocated three players apiece from the USWNT pool. The allocations were not drawn from a hat but “followed an extensive process in which the players and teams submitted their preferences to the league and a committee then examined the lists to give its recommendations,” according to a statement by the league.

The WPS Board of Governors met on September 14-15 to consult with players, teams and the league to determine the best possible dispersal for all parties with the following allocation results:

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What are your thoughts of these allocations? Any team you’re particularly looking forward to seeing in light of them? Comment below.

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