New Jersey/New York Sky Blue FC did the impossible, defeating three teams that they never defeated all season to win the inaugural WPS Championship with team captain Christie Rampone filling in as interim head coach.
Many considered Sky Blue FC at a disadvantage from the outset. To win the title Sky Blue would have to play three games on the road in less than two weeks. The way the WPS playoffs were established may have leveled the playing field though. Yes, the team that notched the top spot got to rest, but rest and taking an extended break are two different things. (Read WPS playoff format proves successful)