10.) Sky Blue FC Could Never Get Their Title Defense Going
This was the team picked by most commentators to win the 2010 WPS Championship. But what with the coaching change in the middle of the season, the injuries (broken collarbones and busted ankles immediately come to mind), constant player transactions (Asante, Landstrom, Snell, Schoepfer, Luckenbill out, Fletcher, Pacino, Parker, Grubb in), the revolving door back four and the AWOL status of one Hawaiian strilker, SBFC could never seem to find their rhythm. That also might apply to the team’s style of play as well. Pauliina Miettinen’s fairly defensive, 4-5-1 with a packed midfield wasn’t exactly creative and it wasn’t intended to be. The team hit its stride late, thanks in part to an in form Tasha Kai who was nowhere to be found after scoring that lovely goal in SBFC’s first game of the 2010 season.