May 28, 2010

WPS Weekend Previews - May 29 & 30

Boston Breakers at Sky Blue FC– May 29 (7 pm ET)
Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ.

GK-A. Phillips, A. Naeher; D-A. LePeilbet, K. Moore, A. Scott, S. Cox, J. Angeli; MF-L. Osborne, K. Lilly (probable-back), Fabiana (probably-quad), C. Igwe, L. Bogus; F-K. Smith, L. Cheney, L. Del Rio, T. Weimer.
Not Active: S. Walsh (national team), M. Enyeart (knee), M. Tomecka (ankle), T. Hemmings, C. Zimmeck, A. Lipsher, A. Marquez.

Sky Blue FC: GK-K. Bardsley, K. Luckenbill; D-D. Koster, B. Taylor, K. Dowling, M. Schnur, C. Rampone, K. Dallstream, D. Johnson; MF-Y. Averbuch, H. O’Reilly, Rosana, K. White; F-N. Kai, L. Kalmari, J. Landström, K. Schoepfer, I. Trotter.
Not Active: C. Lloyd (ankle), J. Branam (knee), M. Snell, A. Salem, S. Myers.

Previous Meetings (2009):
Boston 1 @ Sky Blue FC 2
Boston 0 @ Sky Blue FC 1
Sky Blue FC 2 @ Boston 1
Sky Blue FC 0 @ Boston 0

What to Look For: Sky Blue FC dominated this series last season, winning three matches and tying one. Kai scored two of Sky Blue’s 5 goals against Boston last year and she is back in the lineup after missing several matches due to injury. Sky Blue has had only two goal scorers this year, Kalmari with 3 and Kai with 2. Bardsley and the Sky Blue defense have three shutouts to their credit. Schnur and Rampone are also on the active roster for Saturday’s match, bolstering the SBFC defense. Boston’s offense had trouble scoring against Sky Blue last season and has been lackluster this season. Smith has scored the only goal for the Breakers in their last 3 games. The Breakers need to control the midfield game and finish their chances to win this match.
Storylines: Christie Rampone plays her first game for Sky Blue since the WPS championship match last August. Boston is on a five match winless streak, matching the worst in team history.

FC Gold Pride at Chicago Red Stars – May 29 (8 pm ET, 7 pm CT, 5 pm PT)
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL.

FC Gold Pride: GK-N. Barnhart, B. Cameron; D-R. Buehler, A. Riley, K. Wilson, C. Chapman (questionable-shoulder), K. Graczyk; MF-Marta, B. Edwards, S. Gulbrandsen (questionable-quad), C. Dew, K. Yokers; F-C. Sinclair, K. O’Hara (questionable-foot), T. Milbrett, K. Bosio.
Not Active: C. Abily (ankle), K. Fountain, A. Bowyer, E. Guthrie, R. Tantillo.

Chicago: GK-J. Loyden, M. Burke; D-K. Markgraf, W. Engen, M. Dalmy, I. Dieke, N. Spilger; MF-B. Klein, K. Chapman, K. Carney, Formiga, M. Rapinoe, J. Sitch; F-Cristiane, C. Nogueira, K. Asllani, E. Masar, J. McDonald.
Not Active: K. Davis (national team U-23), M. Weissenhofer, J. Santacaterina, L. Vandenbergh.

Previous Meetings:
This Season-Chicago 0 @ FC Gold Pride 2.
All Time-Gold Pride leads series at 2-1-1.

What to Look For: The last time these two teams met, Chicago played shorthanded for much of the match due to a red card to Dieke. Chicago will be playing their first match under temporary head coach Marcia McDermott. She will attempt to light a fire under her team that has managed only 3 goals in 6 matches, two of them by rookie Nogueira. Loyden and the Red Star defense has played reasonably well, allowing only a goal per game. Meanwhile, Marta is coming off of a two goal game for Gold Pride and O’Hara is available for the match, returning from injury. After being shut out in the season opener, Gold Pride has average two goals per game since. Barnhart has posted shutouts in two of her last three matches.
Storylines: McDermott makes her WPS coaching debut after winning a WUSA championship as head coach of the Carolina Courage in 2002. FC Gold Pride attempts to extend its record winning streak, which now stands at 5 games.

Philadelphia Independence at Washington Freedom – May 30 (6 pm ET)
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD.

GK-V. Henderson, R. Jones; D-S. Larsson, N. Krzysik, A. Falk, H. Magnusdottir, H. Mitts, S. Senty, E. Johnson; MF-L. Lindsey, C. Seger, J. Lohman, J. Buczkowski; F-A. Rodriguez, L. Sanderson, L. Patterson.
Not Active: K. LeBlanc (national team), D. Adams, G. DiMartino, K. Maruyama, K. Reynolds, C. Patterson.

Washington: GK-E. McLeod, M. McCray; D-C. Whitehill, N. Marshall, S. Bompastor, B. Bock (questionable-foot), A. Singer, K. Eveland, M. Abegg; MF-B. Sauerbrunn, A. Long, S. Huffman, R. Moros, J. Gilbeau, B. Goebel, C. Miskel; F-A. Wambach, L. Mykjåland, C. Welsh.
Not Active: L. De Vanna (leg), H. Sawa (national team), B. Scurry (head), M. Casey.

Previous Meetings (2010):
Washington 1 @ Philadelphia 3.

What To Look For: In the last match between these two teams, Philadelphia struck for three quick goals after the Freedom had gone on top early in the 2nd half. Lindsey assisted on all three goals for the Independence. Both teams have Canadian starting goalkeepers, but LeBlanc was called for national team duty, while McLeod was not. Philadelphia has given the fewest goals of any team, only 4 in six matches. No player in WPS is hotter than Wambach. She had two goals and an assist for the USWNT against Germany and she has two goals and a record 7 assists in WPS this season. McLeod has shutouts in her last two matches and has a scoreless streak of 225 minutes. All three of the Freedom’s wins have been by two goal margins. Meanwhile, all of Philly’s matches have been close, except for their victory over Washington having a margin of more than one goal.
Storylines: Only one point separates 2nd place Philadelphia from 3rd place Washington. De Vanna’s broken leg will mean that veteran Christie Welsh will have to pick up more of the offensive load. She scored twice in an exhibition against the Canadian National Team last weekend.

The Saint Louis Athletica at Atlanta Beat match was cancelled due to Athletica folding because of financial troubles.