This is what happened on Week 8 of WPS after a little rescheduling of games. FC Gold Pride (#1) hosted the Washington Freedom (#2). Sky Blue FC (#4) took a little road trip down to Philly to face the Independence (#3), and the Athletica Atlanta Beat (#7), now being called Atlantica (Hope Solo started it!), traveled to Chicago to take on the Red Stars (#6).
FC Gold Pride remain #1 in the standings after getting one point out of the next best team in the league on Saturday, June 5th. Allie Long got the Washington Freedom on the board first in the 38th minute with a shot to the top corner of the goal from 25 yards out. Marta showed more of her magic throughout the game and scored the equalizer for the Pride in the 75th minute. Christine Sinclair played the ball over the top of a Freedom defender, Marta was able to touch it into space and out run the defender. She attracted 3 defenders toward her, got around them and blasted a shot past Erin McLeod.
The Philly Independence defeated Sky Blue 2-1 on Sunday on goals from Amy Rodriguez and Lori Lindsey. The first goal came just 3 minutes into the match after Rodriguez laid off the ball for Lindsey, who shot a beautifully curved ball right into the top right corner of the goal. Laura Kalmari then equalized in the 11th minute as she took a touch on a lofted ball from Rosana and tapped it past Val Henderson. Rodriguez later scored the game winner in the 28th minute after poking a ball from Lianne Sanderson over Karen Bardsley.
The Chicago Red Stars, and Atlanta Beat put on a poor display of “the best women’s soccer in the world.” These two teams were at the bottom of the standings (now it’s Boston who have played one less game than everyone else) and neither showed that they want to win in the entire 90 minutes. I’ll give the Beat an excuse and say that they have 4 new team members in Hope Solo, Lori Chalupny, Eniola Aluko, and Carolyn Blank from the St. Louis Athletica, and are trying to gel, but those 4 players are the only ones that showed any heart front he entire team. Nothing great was created, and Hope Solo was forced to make a few great saves as she rescued her new team from another loss. Both teams walked away with one point. They need a guest at their next training session to give them a motivational speech. They need some inspiration. Luckily for the Beat, they have a bye week and won’t play a game at the end of this week. That means they have 2 weeks of training ahead to regroup, figure out how to score, and focus on themselves before they take on the Red Stars again on June 19th.
The standings after Sunday are as follows:
- FC Gold Pride, 16 pts
- Independence, 14 pts
- Freedom, 14 pts
- Sky Blue FC, 11 pts
- Red Stars, 8 pts
- Breakers, 7 pts
- Beat, 2 pts
Next week (home team first):
- Washington Freedom – Chicago Red Stars at 7 pm ET
- Boston Breakers – Sky Blue FC at 4 pm ET
- Philadelphia Independence – FC Gold Pride at 6pm ET on FSC