May 22, 2013
CARLI LLOYD will once again take the pitch for the U.S. women's national soccer team after sitting out 2 months due to injury. The 31-year-old Delran, N.J., native made the 21-women roster for the June 2 matchup with Canada in Toronto. It will be her first match with the national team since she suffered a broken bone in her left shoulder in the United States' 3-0 win over Iceland on March 12. Lloyd saw her first action since the injury with her professional team, the Western New York Flash, on May 11, in which she played 26 minutes off the bench in a 2-1 victory over Kansas City.
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.
August 29, 2011 |
LIKE THE women's World Cup final a month earlier, the Independence's battle with the Western New York Flash for the WPS championship came down to a shootout after a 1-1 tie in 120 minutes. And when Flash goalkeepr Ashlyn Harris made a diving stop of a shot by the Indy's Laura del Rio on the 10th penalty kick attempt, Western New York sent the Independence home with their second straight loss in the WPS championship game, a 5-4 PK victory Saturday at Rochester, N.Y. Amy Rodriguez had tied the score at 1-1 for the Indpendence in the game's 88th minute, after Christine Sinclair had given the Flash a 1-0 lead in the 64th.
August 28, 2011 |
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Another chance at Women's Professional Soccer glory. That's all the Independence wanted. They got their chance. They ended up with more disappointment. Behind the marksmanship of their World Cup shooters, and with one big save from goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, the Western New York Flash defeated the Independence on penalty kicks, 5-4, after battling to a 1-1 tie in the WPS championship game on Saturday. The game required 90 minutes of regulation play, 30 minutes of overtime, and then the minimum five rounds of penalty kicks to determine a winner.
August 28, 2011 |
When the Independence started preparing for their second season in March, their mantra was "unfinished business. " The Independence wanted to get back to the title tilt and finish the job. Last year, they lost to FC Gold Pride, 4-0, in the Women's Professional Soccer championship game. A blue-collar type team with no international stars, Indy worked their way through 18 regular-season games and one playoff match to advance to the championship clash on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y., against the Western New York Flash.
August 27, 2011 |
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Another chance at Women's Professional Soccer glory, that's all the Independence wanted. They got their chance. They ended up with more disappointment. Behind the marksmanship of their World Cup shooters and with one big save from goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, the Western New York Flash defeated the Independence on penalty kicks, 5-4, after battling to a 1-1 tie in the WPS championship game on Saturday. The game required 90 minutes of regulation play, 30 minutes of overtime and then the minimum five rounds of penalty kicks to determine a winner.
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 15, 2011 |
The Independence's dream of finishing first in Women's Professional Soccer ended when they dropped their regular-season finale to magicJack, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton, Fla. With the loss, the Independence finished the regular season in second place in the WPS standings with 36 points and will host the WPS playoff semifinal on Saturday at 4 p.m. at PPL Park. The Independence will face either magicJack or the Boston Breakers in the semifinal after those two teams square off in first-round playoff action on Wednesday.