June 16, 2010

WPS Midweek Notes - June 16

Marta Named Player of the Week

It's no surprise that Marta was named WPS Player of the Week after scoring two goals and assisting on a third in FC Gold Pride's 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. It is the 4th time Marta has received the honor, the second time this season.

Marta assisted on Gold Pride's first goal, intercepting a pass near midfield and sending a perfectly weighted through ball to Christine Sinclair who made it 1-0. Later, Marta got one of her own, outracing Holmfridur Magnusdottir for the ball and sending it through Karina LeBlanc's legs from close range to give Gold Pride a 2-0 lead.

Finally, after Philadelphia had closed the gap to one goal, Marta scored her second of the match. This time she raced past Nikki Krzysik to go one-on-one with LeBlanc. After LeBlanc had slid out, Marta was able to keep her feet on a great effort and slammed it home.

Marta now leads WPS with 6 goals this season and 16 goals in her WPS career.

Around the League

Atlanta Beat – The Beat are the only team in the league to not have any player over 30 years old. Their oldest player is Hope Solo who is just 28…..As Eniola Aluko joined the Beat, she had twice as many goals this season as the entire Atlanta team…..The Beat will host the first midweek game of the WPS season against Philadelphia on June 23.

Boston Breakers – Rookie Jordan Angeli scored her first WPS goal on her first WPS shot on goal last weekend against Sky Blue…..The Breakers added former Athletica defender Niki Cross to their roster as a developmental player…..Boston’s struggles have continued, with a 1-6-5 record over their past 12 matches dating back to 2009. They have been outscored by a 13-7 margin over that time.

Chicago Red StarsCristiane scored her 9th and 10th career goals for the Red Stars on Saturday…..With Natalie Spilger's red card, the Red Stars have now received four red cards in their history, three of those against the Freedom…..Chicago’s three game unbeaten streak is just one shy of a franchise best which occurred in the first four matches in their history.

FC Gold Pride – In her WPS career, Marta has now scored multiple goals in four different games…..Christine Sinclair became the first player to score 10 goals for Gold Pride over her career with a goal against Philadelphia. She is now tied for 2nd in goals this season with four…..Gold Pride takes the field hosting Boston this week riding a 7 game unbeaten streak at home.

Philadelphia IndependenceTina DiMartino scored her first WPS goal against Gold Pride on Sunday…..Lyndsey Patterson continues to provide a spark off the bench for the Independence with a goal and an assist in just 158 minutes of action this season…..The game against Gold Pride marked only the 2nd time in her career that Karina LeBlanc has given up as many as three goals in one game.

Sky Blue FCRosana’s penalty kick goal against Boston was not only the first converted by a Sky Blue player, but also the first ever attempted by SBFC…..Kendall Fletcher saw her first action with Sky Blue as a 2nd half substitution in Sunday’s match…..Since making the playoffs in 2009, Sky Blue has become an impressive road team, sweeping three matches in last year’s playoffs and going 3-2-1 in six road games this season.

Washington Freedom – The Freedom extended their unbeaten streak to six with Saturday’s tie, a franchise record…..Homare Sawa is the only WPS player with three or more goals that did not make the WPS All-Star game…..Sonia Bompastor recorded her 10th career assist on Sawa’s goal on Saturday. She is second only to Abby Wambach in career assists.

Return of the Trivia Question
After a brief hiatus, I have brought back the trivia question of the week.
This week's question - Who scored the 200th regular season goal in WPS history? Hint: It happened in mid-May. Answer on Friday.