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May 10, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Independence coach Paul Riley made no excuses Saturday night after his team's 2-1 loss to the Athletica in a Women's Professional Soccer game in St. Louis. "We simply didn't play well," Riley said. "We especially didn't have any rhythm in the midfield. " It was the first of three straight road games for the Independence (2-1-2). The only other road game the team has played was a 1-1 draw at Boston on April 18. St. Louis (2-1-2) took a 2-0 lead before the Independence cut the margin in half on a goal by Lyndsey Patterson in the 75th minute.
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May 9, 2010 | From Inquirer Staff and Wire Reports
The Independence suffered their first defeat in Women's Professional Soccer, losing to St. Louis Athletica, 2-1, at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo., on Saturday. An own goal by Independence defender Allison Falk in the 42d minute and a strike by forward Lindsay Tarpley early in the second half accounted for Athletica's total. Independence midfielder Lyndsey Patterson scored her first goal of the season in the 75th minute, but St. Louis' defense closed off any equalizer.
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June 14, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
She is a magician with the ball, and her ability to draw defenders and break them down makes Marta the most exciting women's soccer player in the world. The four-time FIFA player of the year from Brazil lived up to her reputation, providing a dynamic performance in leading California's FC Gold Pride to a 3-1 win over the Independence in a Women's Professional Soccer showdown Sunday at West Chester University. FC Gold Pride (6-2-1) entered the game in first place, two points ahead of the Independence, who fell to 4-3-2.
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July 17, 2010 | By Mario Aguirre, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union can take some heat for defensive lapses that cost them wins. They can take criticism for errors that resulted in a 3-8-2 record - even if they are an expansion team. But few can say the team has fallen short recently in style points. In their last five outings, the Union have registered eight goals, going 3-1-1 during that stretch. The loss came a week ago, after the Union surrendered a one-goal lead to San Jose because of defensive lapses in the second half. Saturday night, the Union will resume their MLS schedule when they host Toronto FC at PPL Park in Chester.
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July 19, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
HAYWARD, Calif. - FC Gold Pride is far ahead of the rest of Women's Professional Soccer this season and stretched its lead over the second-place Independence with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night. Gold Pride raised its record to 10-3-1 (31 points) and now is 10 points ahead of the Independence (6-5-3, 21 points). "In the midfield we did well, but up top we never penetrated or got beyond them," Independence head coach Paul Riley said. "We did a decent job stopping Marta, obviously the game plan was to stop her, but I think we forgot about Sinclair while trying to focus on Marta.
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August 12, 2010
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Lianne Sanderson's goal at the 78-minute mark proved decisive Wednesday as the Independence defeated the Chicago Red Stars, 2-1, in a Women's Professional Soccer match. The Red Stars' Ella Masar had tied the contest with a goal at 62 minutes, after the Independence's Amy Rodriguez put the visitors on the board with a tally at 53 minutes. The first half was scoreless. The game was played before 3,152 at Toyota Park. The Independence improved to 9-6-4, for 31 points, to remain in second place behind FC Gold Pride.
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September 10, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Independence still have a chance at second place and a first-round bye in the Women's Professional Soccer playoffs, but they are going to need some help. After losing three consecutive games for the first time this season, the Independence enter Saturday's 8:30 p.m. regular-season finale at California's FC Gold Pride in third place with a 10-9-4 record for 34 points. FC Gold Pride, 8-0-4 in its last 12 matches, has clinched the regular-season title of the seven-team league and has earned a bye into the Sept.
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April 10, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Independence will enter their first season in a second-year Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league that is considered extremely balanced and difficult to handicap. That was certainly the case last year, when New Jersey's Sky Blue finished fourth in the regular season with a 7-8-5 mark and then won the league title with a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Sol. To show how much change there has been since last season, the Sol have already disbanded. The addition of the Independence and the Atlanta Beat will give WPS eight teams this season, with the top four again making the playoffs.
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April 2, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Independence's 22-player roster for their inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season has been selected, and it includes nine national-team players from six countries. The nine capped players are Heather Mitts, Amy Rodriguez and Lori Lindsey of the U.S., along with Karina Le Blanc of Canada, Karina Maruyama of Japan, Caroline Seger and Sara Larsson of Sweden, Lianne Sanderson of England, and Holmfridur Magnusdottir of Iceland. Rosters consist of 18 players and four optional developmental players.
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May 10, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Independence coach Paul Riley made no excuses Saturday night after his team's 2-1 loss to the Athletica in a Women's Professional Soccer game in St. Louis. "We simply didn't play well," Riley said. "We especially didn't have any rhythm in the midfield. " It was the first of three straight road games for the Independence (2-1-2). The only other road game the team has played was a 1-1 draw at Boston on April 18. St. Louis (2-1-2) took a 2-0 lead before the Independence cut the margin in half on a goal by Lyndsey Patterson in the 75th minute.
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November 23, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
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.
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May 19, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 11, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Two weeks after the United States women's soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Japan in the World Cup final last July, midfielder Carli Lloyd was making her way to Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium at Widener University in Chester. Her Atlanta Beat team was facing the Independence in a Women's Professional Soccer game, and Lloyd was one of the national team members being honored in a pregame ceremony. Because of a league rule regarding yellow-card accumulations over consecutive games, Lloyd had to watch the game from the press box, and as she and a few friends maneuvered through the enthusiastic and sold-out crowd, nobody stopped to talk to her. Later the same day, a waiter ran to get a soccer ball from the trunk of his car, gushing to the Rutgers alum what her autograph would mean to his daughter.
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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.
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January 27, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Like most student-athletes who have played their final collegiate game, La Salle's Melissa Sanger and Jess Hopton had assumed their competitive soccer-playing days were behind them. Their coach, Paul Royal, had other ideas. Besides leading the Explorers to a 15-2-3 record, the semifinals of the Atlantic Ten tournament, and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2011, Royal also serves as an assistant coach for the Independence. Royal persuaded Sanger and Hopton to come to the first of three combines the Women's Professional Soccer club was holding at their United Sports training facility in Downingtown.
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January 14, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Independence coach Paul Riley got the two players he wanted most Friday in the Women's Professional Soccer draft. Then he went and got a few more. In all, the Independence selected six players during the four-round process, more than any other team in the league. The Independence's marquee selection was their first-rounder and fifth pick overall, Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen. The three-time Horizon League player of the year scored 93 goals in her four-year career, including 26 as a senior.
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January 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 6, 2012 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Paul Riley said Thursday that the Independence would give high priority to finding another forward when Women's Professional Soccer holds its draft in Kansas City next Friday. "Another forward from the first or second round is at the top of our agenda," said Riley, who has coached the Independence to the WPS final in their first two seasons. "We're also interested in another goalkeeper and another midfielder. " Riley made the team's draft plans known at a news conference one day after the team announced that it had re-signed forward Natasha Kai, a fan favorite.
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December 14, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
SUSTAINIBLE. Viable. Progressive expansion. All things the U.S. Soccer Federation was promised in a restructured business and marketing plan set forth by Women's Professional Soccer. These provisions resulted in the five-team league's being granted another year of top-flight status after weeklong discussions in Chicago. Last night, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the federation is satisfied with the business plan and hopes it will help expand the 3-year-old outfit into different markets over the next few years.
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December 8, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
THE POWERS that be within the U.S. Soccer Federation have not decided to pull the plug just yet on Women's Professional Soccer. That could mean a positive step in what has been an otherwise stressful week. The WPS, the premier outfit for women's soccer in America, is in danger of losing its Division I professional status or even folding after its annual report showed the league has dwindled from six teams to five. That number is well below the minimum of eight to be granted what the USSF calls Division I status.
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