February 11, 2012 |
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.
May 10, 2010 |
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.
May 9, 2010 |
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.
June 14, 2010 |
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.
July 17, 2010 |
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.
July 19, 2010 |
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.
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.
August 30, 2010 |
For all their efforts this season, the Independence have been unable to conquer two teams: first-place FC Gold Pride and the third-place Boston Breakers. The Independence needed to beat Boston on Sunday to distance themselves from the Breakers for second place in the Women's Professional Soccer standings. Instead, a 2-1 Boston win at West Chester University's Farrell Stadium narrowed that gap. Now, a second-place finish may no longer be in sight for the Independence, who might have to settle for third or fourth.
September 10, 2010 |
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.
April 10, 2010 |
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.