July 17, 2015 |
Walk into The Keeper Institute and there's no sign of what the director and founder has accomplished. No big posters on the wall of the four years spent representing the United States. No mention of placing second in the 2011 World Cup, or the gold medal finish in the 2012 Summer Olympics. No trace of the fact that she played with and against some of the best in the world. You'd be forgiven for thinking this Sewell warehouse was just another place for local soccer players to practice.
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.
January 12, 2013
The National Women's Soccer League announced the allocation of U.S. National Team players on Friday for the 2013 season. Boston Breakers: Sydney Leroux, Heather Mitts, Heather O'Reilly. Chicago Red Stars: Shannon Boxx, Amy LePeilbet, Keelin Winters. Also: Canada's Erin McLeod (Penn St.) FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville), Lauren Cheney, Becky Sauerbrunn. Portland Thorns FC: Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan. Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Hope Solo.
November 23, 2012 |
Another professional women's soccer league will try to succeed where two previous attempts have failed, but a Philadelphia team is not in the mix. U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that an eight-team league will launch in the spring. The clubs will be located in Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New Jersey, Portland, Seattle, western New York and Washington. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said there were 11 finalist cities for inclusion in the league. Philadelphia was represented by the Charge in the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003 after three seasons, failing to capitalize on the success of the 1999 World Cup. The Philadelphia Independence was a member of Women's Professional Soccer, which folded earlier this year, also after three seasons.
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.
August 8, 2011 |
SOMEHOW the Union, with just two wins in its last 11 MLS games, stays near the top of the league's Eastern Conference standings. Saturday night's 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, before 18,524 at PPL Park in Chester, gave the Union a 2-2-7 league record, good for 13 points, since a 6-2 rout of Toronto on May 31. But the overall point 33-point total (from an 8-5-9 record) has the Union in second place in the East, one point behind the Columbus Crew. Jack McInerney scored in the game's 15th minute Saturday, but Houston got the tying goal from Geoff Cameron in the 84th.
July 24, 2011 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A defensive battle with Sky Blue FC turned into a 2-0 loss for the Independence in a Women's Professional Soccer game Saturday night at Rutgers' Yurcak Field. Casey Nogueira came off the bench to make the difference with a pair of goals. After scoring in the 71st minute, she sealed it in the 80th for Sky Blue, which improved to 4-5-4 overall and 4-1-3 at home. With their win streak ending at six games, the league-leading Independence fell to 8-3-3 but remained a point ahead of the Western New York Flash, who play at Boston on Sunday night.
July 23, 2011
WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER Independence (8-2-3) at Sky Blue FC (3-5-4) Saturday at 7 p.m., Rutgers University's Yurcak Field, Piscataway, N.J. Last game: The Independence won, 1-0, at the Atlanta Beat last Saturday. Sky Blue FC lost, 3-1, on Sunday to the Western New York Flash, snapping their six-game home unbeaten streak. Outlook: The Independence are in first place by a point over Western New York, which owns a game in hand. . . . The three U.S. national team players on the Independence - forward Amy Rodriguez, goalie Nicole Barnhart, and midfielder Lori Lindsey - returned to practice on Thursday.
July 22, 2011 |
With her arms and neck covered in tattoos, Tasha Kai garners a lot of attention for her appearance. But this season the Independence forward has also drawn plenty of notice for her play. With eight goals in 13 games, Kai sparked the Independence offense during Amy Rodriguez's absence for a stint with the U.S. national team at the Women's World Cup. Earlier this month, against her former team, Sky Blue FC, Kai netted three goals on way to being named Women's Professional Soccer player of the week.