April 14, 2013 |
Jill Loyden knew her hand was broken as soon as it happened. The 27-year-old Vineland native and Villanova graduate was training with the U.S. women's national soccer team in Portugal on March 7 when she felt a crack. Immediately she could feel that it wasn't just a temporary discomfort - a jammed finger or sprained tendon. "Frustrating, to say the least," Loyden said of her injury. "That's an understatement. " The injury was just one more roadblock for the goalkeeper who has overcome personal tragedy, competed for a variety of teams across the country and plays a position that, within U.S. soccer, has become synonymous with the name Hope.
May 19, 2012 |
PRINCETON - The Independence missed out on a Women's Professional Soccer championship in 2011 by the narrowest margin possible - a penalty shootout loss in the title game. It turns out that was as close as the franchise will ever come. WPS announced Friday that it has fully shut down, dashing any lingering hopes held by fans of a rebound for the league after the London Olympics. The news came by way of an e-mail news release and a post on the league's Facebook page.
January 31, 2012
Women's Professional Soccer announced Monday that it has suspended the 2012 season due to "legal issues" and an "ongoing dispute" with a former owner. WPS was formed in 2009 following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The Independence, owned by David Halstead and coached by Paul Riley, last season lost in the WPS championship game for the second straight year. "This is what responsible business enterprises do, and it's what the WPS and Philadelphia Independence are going to do," Halstead said in a statement.
January 13, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Women's Professional Soccer was granted sanctioning for 2012 by the U.S. Soccer Federation last month, it seemed like the league had escaped the worst storm of another tumultuous offseason. But as WPS convenes for its annual draft Friday, the league might not be on safe ground. On Monday, a Florida judge ruled that controversial former magicJack SC owner Dan Borislow was denied due process when the league terminated his Boca Raton, Fla.-based franchise after the 2011 season.
October 28, 2011
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a 1-stroke lead in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn't sanctioned by any of the major tours. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland had eight birdies in his bogey-free round on Lake Malaren's Masters course. American Hunter Mahan was second with a 65. England's Paul Casey and Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington were 3 shots back at 67. Thirty players are vying for the $2 million first prize, the richest in golf.
August 22, 2011 |
TASHA KAI must like to see her name in lights. After the Independence's leading scorer's curling kick gave her team a 1-0 lead of what would end up a 2-0 victory over magicJack Saturday at PPL Park in a WPS semifinal game, she channeled the hit soccer movie "Bend It Like Beckham. " "I bent it like Tasha," she said about her 46th-minute score. Amy Rodriguez added an insurance goal in the game's 82nd minute, and the Independence is off to its second straight league championship game, this time against the Western New York Flash, Saturday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y. "Our whole team put an effort in," Kai said.
August 21, 2011 |
Tasha Kai raised both arms, pretended to be an airplane, flew to a sideline at sunny PPL Park, and hugged teammates on Saturday afternoon. Kai, the leading scorer for the Independence, had just helped her team beat magicJack, 2-0, in the Women's Professional Soccer super semifinal in front of the largest home crowd of the season, and the tattooed forward from Hawaii wanted to share the joy. "It was just a big group hug," said Kai, who...
August 20, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Union (8-5-10) at Columbus Crew (10-7-7) Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Columbus Crew Stadium. TV: CSN Last MLS Game: The Union played visiting Dallas FC to a 2-2 draw last Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Crew beat the visiting New England Revolution, 3-1. Outlook: Columbus holds a three-point lead over the second-place Union in the Eastern Conference but the Union own a game in hand. . . . Newly acquired attacking midfielder Freddy Adu played 62 minutes in his first game for the Union and should benefit from a full week's practice.
August 19, 2011 |
Tasha Kai and her Independence teammates are rested and ready to take on magicJack in a Women's Professional Soccer League semifinal, 4 p.m. Saturday at PPL Park. Independence coach Paul Riley gave Kai, his leading scorer, off Sunday in Florida against magicJack in the regular-season finale. The 28-year-old forward, known for her all-out style of play, needed a rest. MagicJack (10-7-2) defeated the Independence, 2-1, then beat Boston, 3-1, Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs for third place.