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WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER-SKY BLUE FC WON’T BE DEFENDING TITLE

WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER-SKY BLUE FC WON’T BE DEFENDING TITLE

Sky Blue FC Concludes Season with Scoreless Draw
by Sky Blue FC

Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC Play to a 0-0 Tally (Photo by Howard C. Smith - ISI Photos)

Piscataway, N.J. (Saturday, September 11, 2010) – Sky Blue FC (7-10-7, 28 points) knew that it would have to give the greatest of efforts tonight against the Boston Breakers (10-8-6, 36 points) to keep alive its postseason hopes, and that type of effort is exactly what was given. Unfortunately for the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Champions, the Breakers were able to match that level of intensity to force a scoreless draw.

“Overall, we played a pretty good match,” Sky Blue FC head coach Rick Stainton said after the game. “We gave a gritty performance, and our girls absolutely played their hearts out tonight. It’s obviously deflating to know we’re not moving forward, but at no point did we ever quit.”

Ultimately, the result in this match would not factor into which WPS team would advance to the postseason, as the Washington Freedom used an 88th minute goal by forward Abby Wambach to knock off the Atlanta Beat in other action tonight. To reach the WPS Playoffs, Sky Blue FC needed to win over Boston, coupled with a Freedom loss or tie.

“Something that makes me so proud of this group is that we were given many opportunities to give up throughout the season, and we never quit,” Stainton continued. “Through all the ups and downs – the injuries, the changes, whatever adversity was thrown our way – we never quit. We remained committed to righting the ship and doing whatever we could to be successful.”

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WPS PLAYOFF PICTURE

WPS playoff seedings come down to regular season’s last day

by WPS – Communications

Lindsay Tarpley and the Boston Breakers earned the second seed in the WPS Playoffs presented by MedImmune and will host the WPS Super Semifinal on Thursday, Sept. 23. (Howard C. Smith | isiphotos.com)

HAYWARD, CA (September 11, 2010) – The final day of the 2010 WPS Regular Season saw all three games have playoff significance for the first time in the league’s history as the seedings were finalized for the 2010 WPS Playoffs presented by MedImmune which begin Sunday, September 19.

In the two East Coast games played simultaneously, Sky Blue FC tied the Boston Breakers 0-0 in a must-win game for New Jersey, eliminating the defending champions from a chance to defend their title as they finished fifth in the final regular season standings behind Washington and out of playoff position. Just 200 miles to the south, the Washington Freedom pulled out a 1-0 victory at home against Atlanta Beat minutes later to finish their season with three wins in the final four games and earn the right to travel to Philadelphia to play in the WPS First Round on Sunday, September 19 at 2:30pm ET/11:30pm PT with live television coverage on Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet and select regionals (check local listings).

With Boston tying Sky Blue FC, the Philadelphia Independence had an opportunity to sneak into the second spot with a win at FC Gold Pride in the late game Saturday on the West Coast, but the Pride extended their WPS record unbeaten streak to 13 with a 4-1 defeat of the Independence. The loss meant that the Boston Breakers finished second in the season standings and gives the Breakers a first round bye in the playoffs and the right to host the WPS Super Semifinal against the first round winners in Boston on Thursday, September 23 at 8pm ET in a game broadcast by Fox Soccer Channel. The game will be played at Harvard’s Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

FC Gold Pride, which received their 2010 WPS Regular Season Championship Trophy on Saturday evening from WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci just before the game, had already locked up the No. 1 seed in the WPS Playoffs last month and will host the WPS Championship presented by Citi at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT on September 26.

2010 WPS Playoffs presented by MedImmune (home team listed first)

Sunday, September 19, 2010
WPS First Round
Philadelphia Independence vs. Washington Freedom 2:30pm ET (FSN)

Thursday, September 23, 2010
WPS Super Semifinal
Boston Breakers vs. Winner of WPS First Round 8pm ET (FSC)

Sunday, September 26, 2010
WPS Championship presented by Citi
FC Gold Pride vs. Winner of WPS Super Semifinal 2:30pm ET (FSN)

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