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Freedom defeat Independence, 2-1

by WPS – Staff Report

Abby Wambach’s penalty kick goal turned out to be the gamewinner in the Washington Freedom’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Independence.

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BOYDS, Md. (May 30, 2010) – The Washington Freedom (4-2-1, 13 points) defeated the Philadelphia Independence (3-2-2, 11points), 2-1, Sunday evening at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md.  The Freedom, wearing special camouflage jerseys for “Freedom Military Appreciation Night presented by Lockheed Martin,” recorded a pair of first-half goals to secure the victory.

Rebecca Moros scored her first goal of the season in the 24th minute.  The Freedom’s right back worked a give-and-go with forward Christie Welsh that saw her cut into the right side of the box.  Already behind the Independence backline and with only Philadelphia goalkeeper Val Henderson to beat, Moros pushed her shot off the far post and into the back of the net.

In the 33rd minute, Sonia Bompastor was tackled in the penalty box leading to a penalty kick.  Abby Wambach pushed her shot into the lower right corner past Val Henderson who guessed the opposite way.  The goal gave the Freedom a 2-0 lead and was Wambach’s third of the season.

The Independence’s Caroline Seger was shown a straight red card in the 87th minute after pushing Freedom midfielder Sarah Huffman in the face.  Seger will sit out the Independence’s next match to serve an automatic one-game suspension.

Three minutes after Seger’s ejection, Holmfridur Magnusdottir served a cross from the left flank that bounced in the box.  Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod got a hand to the ball, but it glanced off her glove to the feet of Philadelphia’s Lianne Sanderson who knocked it into the goal from three feet out.  The goal was the second of Sanderson’s season and cut Washington’s margin of victory to 2-1.

The win pushed the Freedom into second place in the WPS Standings while the Independence are tied with Sky Blue FC for third place.

Next Saturday, the Freedom travel to the Bay Area to face FC Gold Pride at 10pm ET/7pm PT.  The Independence, meanwhile, return to Philadelphia to host Sky Blue FC on Sunday, June 6 at 6pm ET.

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Sky Blue FC and Breakers play to 0-0 draw

by WPS – Staff Report
05/29/2010 – 05:51 p.m.

Kiersten Dallstream of Sky Blue FC (left) and Amy LePeilbet of the Boston Breakers both slide to win the ball.

Piscataway, NJ (May 29, 2010) — Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, May 29, at Yucak Field in Piscataway, NJ, in front of 3,418 fans.

Sky Blue FC is back in action on Sunday, June 6 as the team will travel to West Chester, PA to take on the Philadelphia Independence at John A. Farrell Stadium at 6pm ET. The Boston Breakers are off next week and will return to action Sunday, June 13 when they host Sky Blue FC in a rematch at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, MA at 4pm ET. An updated schedule accounting for the league shifting to seven teams will be available the week of May 31-June 4.

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Chicago Red Stars blank FC Gold Pride, 1-0

by WPS – Staff Report
05/29/2010 – 06:55 p.m.

Chicago Red Stars defender Marian Dalmy played the ball under an outstretched Rachel Buehler and through the 6-yard box where Kosovare Asllani finished it for the game's only goal.

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Bridgeview, Ill. (May 29, 2010) — The Chicago Red Stars shut out FC Gold Pride, 1-0, on Saturday, May 29, at Toyota Park in front of 3,845 fans. The win gave the Red Stars its second victory of the season while it ended the five-game win streak for FC Gold Pride.

Both Chicago Red Stars (2-4-1, 7 pts) and FC Gold Pride (5-2-0, 15 pts) created scoring opportunities throughout the first half, however, the defensive effort on both ends was strong. FC Gold Pride had a near chance when Christine Sinclair put the ball in the net in the 18th minute but was whistled for a foul against Red Stars goalkeeper Jillian Loyden. The first half efforts of both teams proved fruitless as the first 45 minutes of play ended deadlocked at 0-0.

After 50-plus minutes of scoreless action, the Red Stars found the back of the net as Kosovare Asllani earned the first goal of her WPS career in the 52 minute. Asllani redirected a cross from Marian Dalmy to beat FC Gold Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart to give the Red Stars the 1-0 advantage.

The Pride created several opportunities to find the equalizer in the final minutes but the Red Stars defense held strong, becoming only the second team this season to shut out the Pride. On the other end of the field, the Red Stars managed to find their way into the Pride’s defensive third a few times but the Pride’s back line held strong as well, allowing only one goal on the night.

FC Gold Pride is in action again Saturday, June 5, when they host the Washington Freedom at Castro Valley Athletic Stadium, in Castro, Valley, CA at 10pm ET. The Chicago Red Stars will take on the Atlanta Beat Sunday, June 6, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill, for WPS Sunday on FSC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm ET and will be broadcast on FSC.

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