Albertin Montoya’s FC Gold Pride has been the class of WPS this season. They have bamboozled the competition with fluency, offensive potency and a stout defense. The team now has a regular season title and WPS Championship trophy to show for it.
As was mentioned in a previous post, some have wondered if this is the best women’s club team ever assembled. That’s an impossible question to answer but perhaps it’s fair to say in terms of efficiency, balance and team cohesion, FC Gold Pride are unrivalled.
Today’s match proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. The team put forth a perfect performance. Yes, Philadelphia’s chances were probably impeded by WPS’ playoff system (interestingly, the postseason format caught flak last year for producing the exact opposite effect – Los Angeles were clearly the better side and some people questioned the competitive merit of having the Sol take off three weeks before the final).
But regardless, FC Gold Pride were unstoppable today. The team have been brilliant all season. It looked as if the team had climaxed after the All-Star Game then underwent a denouement with those three scoreless draws in August. As it turns out, that wasn’t what happened at all. Today’s game was the pinnacle of the entire season. The team began scaling such heights after that three game drought before reaching the summit this afternoon. Again, it was a perfect performance.