June 23, 2010

WPS Midweek Notes - June 23

Adams Named WPS Player of the Week

Danesha Adams of the Philadelphia Independence has earned WPS Player of the Week honors. Her performance was a key factor in Philly’s 4-1 victory over Sky Blue FC. She scored the first goal of the match and later assisted on a goal by Amy Rodriguez. Adams has also been credited with setting up another goal, but did not get an assist as a Sky Blue player had touched the ball before Joanna Lohman knocked home the rebound.

It was the first start of the season for Adams who was selected by Philadelphia in the expansion draft from the Chicago Red Stars last fall. The goal and assist were the first of her WPS career. She became the 3rd Philadelphia player to win the award in 2010. Adams played college soccer for UCLA where she was an All-American.

Around The League

Atlanta Beat – The Beat now have a three game unbeaten streak after starting with a 0-5-1 record…..The first midweek home match for Atlanta drew 2632 fans…..The own goal in Wednesday’s match was the second of the season for Atlanta. No other team has ever had more than one in a season.

Boston Breakers – With injuries and national team duty, the only three players that have played every minute this year for the Breakers are Lauren Cheney, Stephanie Cox, and Amy LePeilbet…..A bit of history, Kristine Lilly made her first appearance for the USWNT on the day Breaker teammate Kasey Moore was born (August 3, 1987). Four of Lilly’s other teammates at Boston had not been born yet…..Boston has not won a home game since defeating the Red Stars on July 15, 2009.

Chicago Red Stars – The Red Stars have never used a backup goalkeeper. Caroline J├Ânsson played every minute last season and Jill Loyden has played every minute this year…..Although Cristiane has scored 10 career goals, she has only scored against four different teams, four against Gold Pride, three against Washington, two against Los Angeles, and one earlier this year against Boston…..Chicago is currently 2nd in team defense, giving up less than a goal per game.

FC Gold Pride – Gold Pride has gotten over 2500 minutes of play from their 2010 draft choices, led by Ali Riley, Becky Edwards, and Kelley O’Hara…..Nicole Barnhart leads WPS with only 0.80 goals against per game…..FCGP passed last year’s point total of 18 on June 12. It took them only 9 games in 2010.

Philadelphia Independence – The Independence extended their consecutive games scoring streak to 10 against Atlanta on Wednesday, just one shy of the WPS record…..The change of scenery appears to have helped Amy Rodriguez, who now has four goals and three assists for the Independence after struggling last season…..Philadelphia has averaged scoring 2.25 goals per game over their last four matches.

Sky Blue FC – Sky Blue surrendered four goals for only the second time in their history on Saturday night. Last season, they gave up that many in a 4-4 tie against Washington…..Rosana became only the second WPS player to convert two penalties in one season. Camille Abily did it last season for Los Angeles…..A bit of an contradiction, Sky Blue’s defense leads WPS with four shutouts, but they have also suffered the most multi-goal games against with four.

Washington FreedomBecky Sauerbrunn’s ironwomen streak now stands at 2610 minutes in the regular season, plus another 90 minutes if you count last season’s playoff match…..Beverly Goebel was elevated to full roster status last week to replace Lisa DeVanna, who is out with an injury…..The last three times Washington has faced the Red Stars, they have surrendered a lead. They still managed a 1-1-1 record in those three contests.

Trivia Question - Of last year's (2009) first round draft choices in the January draft, who has scored the most career goals?