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« on: April 14, 2009, 04:31:51 PM »
PALI BLUES INK FIRST PLAYER OF 2009 ROSTER

New Zealand National Team Midfielder Ali Riley Signs with Team

Pacific Palisades, California - Thursday, January 14, 2009

The defending USL W-League Champion Pali Blues Soccer Club announced today their first acquisition for the 2009 season after signing New Zealand National Team midfielder Ali Riley. The Stanford University junior comes to the Blues one summer after playing every minute of the 2008 Olympic Games for New Zealand.

"We are so excited to get the ball rolling with the signing process, and I cannot think of anyone better then Ali,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “Not only is she a great player with a world of experience, she is a Palisadian. We had hoped she would have been with us last year, but she was competing in the Olympics."

Riley has over 20 caps with the New Zealand National Team, and she was a member of the Football Ferns’ first World Cup club in 2007. She hit the first and only international goal for New Zealand in an Olympic tuneup against China on July 17, 2008, and she had an assist in the first goal of their opening Olympic match last summer. She showed her versatility on the pitch this past fall after converting from forward to defender for her junior season at Stanford. With All-Pac 10 accolades already on her resume, the Pacific Palisades native has high expectations for her upcoming senior year. The Harvard-West Lake High School graduate also spent time suiting up for the Westside Breakers Soccer Club and the So Cal United Soccer Club during her youth playing days.

“I am so excited to play in Pali, for my family and all of our friends who have supported me throughout the years,” Riley remarked. “Playing with such talented players will be inspirational, and I am excited to learn from them. I want to improve everyday and see what it takes to make it at the highest level. It will prepare me for my final year at Stanford, and hopefully for a professional career!”

Since winning the 2008 W-League crown, the Blues saw seven players taken in the initial draft of Women’s Pro Soccer, and several additional players have also inked professional contracts with WPS clubs since then. The Blues were named the 2008 W-League Organization of the Year following their inaugural season while team executive Kenzo Bergeron received W-League Key Grip of the Year honors. Since winning the W-League title, Naimo was also named General Manager of the WPS Los Angeles Sol, and the Palisadian-Post rewarded him as the 2008 Coach of the Year. Bergeron also joins the Sol as Director of Team Operations.

Blues General Manager Jason Lemire additionally voiced his excitement about the game of women’s soccer in the Palisades.

"These are exciting times for us,” Lemire remarked. “We have watched half our team get drafted after a championship, and now it is time to top it in ‘09. Our staff has all the confidence that we will succeed in doing so. Our fans have a lot to be excited about."

The Blues return to the pitch for their sophomore campaign in the W-League this upcoming May.

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 12:01:55 AM »
BLUES SEE FIVE MORE PLAYERS TAKEN IN WPS DRAFT

Total of 15 Former Players Heading to Women’s Pro Soccer

Pacific Palisades, California - January 19, 2009

When Women’s Pro Soccer held their second draft this past Friday in St. Louis, the defending W-League Champion Pali Blues Soccer Club saw five players get selected for the inaugural season of WPS. The draft on Friday was the first that included players that are on the verge of college graduation, and no team had more players picked up than the Pali Blues.

"I am so happy for all our players that were selected,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “When we set out last year, it was one of our goals to get as many as possible a chance in WPS. With 15 selected players now with WPS teams, we feel a sense of accomplishment as a franchise, and we will push for the same in year two."

Goalkeeper Val Henderson will be remaining in the area as the UCLA product was taken by the Los Angeles Sol with the 33rd overall pick. Henderson was stellar for the Blues in their 2008 championship run, compiling a 7-0-0 record with six shutouts and a 0.14 goals against average.

“I am extremely happy that Val will be with us as we begin a new chapter,” Naimo, who is also the Sol General Manager, said. “She is a great player, a great leader and knows how to compete. I enjoyed having Val last year, and I can say it would have been hard to see her in another WPS uniform.”

Defender Carrie Dew was the first of the five Blues players to get the WPS nod on Friday, staying in-state to play for FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) with the 12th overall selection. Former Blues midfielder Brittany Klein (Chicago, 14th overall), goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (FC Sky Blue, 18th overall) and forward Mele French (FC Sky Blue, 60th overall) would round out the players selected from the Blues.

"The prevalence of Pali Blues players in the WPS Draft reflects the quality of players our organization attracts and produces,” Blues General Manager Jason Lemire commented. “It speaks to Charlie Naimo as a coach and a tradition of excellence we plan to continue here with the Pali Blues year after year."

The Blues recently announced their first acquisition for the 2009 season this past week after signing New Zealand National Team midfielder Ali Riley, and the team returns to the pitch for their sophomore campaign in the W-League this upcoming May. Stay tuned to the team website at www.bluessoccerclub.com for all of the latest information on the 2008 W-League champions.

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 12:07:07 AM »
BLUES ADD STANFORD FORWARD CHRISTEN PRESS

W-League Side Continues to Build Second-Year Roster

Pacific Palisades, California - February 13, 2009

The defending W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club bolstered its roster today with the addition of Stanford striker Christen Press. The Blues will continue making acquisitions over the upcoming months in preparation for their sophomore season debut, which will take place on Saturday, May 9th, against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea.

“Christen is a big signing for us,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “One of the goals this year is to be more dangerous in the attack and there is no better player to start with.”

Press started every game of her sophomore season for Stanford this past fall and received All-Pac 10 Second Team and Top Drawer Soccer Second Team accolades. She led the Cardinal offense with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists and has already accumulated 65 points on 24 knocks and 17 helpers in only two seasons in Central California. Following a great rookie season in 2007, she was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Previously a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Pool, Press was recently named to the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will travel to La Manga, Spain, for a three-team tournament from January 31- February 7.

“I have watched a lot of college games this fall in preparation for the WPS draft, and Press was at the top of the forwards list,” Naimo continued. “She went from one of the best club teams in soccer history, where she played in four national finals with the Slammers, to one of the best college programs at Stanford.”

Naimo was also quick to note certain characteristics of the college standout.

“She has the rare combination of pace, 1v1 ability, willingness to defend as a forward and the passion to win,” he said. “I can see her being a full national team player by the time she graduates."

Press was a four-year letter winner at Chadwick High School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. She was twice named an NSCAA/adidas All-American and received a Parade Magazine All-American nod following her senior year. She served as captain for her high school squad during her junior and senior years, while twice being selected both the CIF Southern Section Offensive Player of the Year and All-Area Player of the Year. She finished her high school career with an offensive 128 goals.

"Great players have the ability to inspire young fans,” Blues General Manager Jason Lemire remarked. “When those great players are also from our own community, like Ali and now Christen, the potential to inspire is that much stronger."

The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The Pali Blues Soccer Club was the winner of the 2008 W-League championship in just its first season of play, and the team will open their second season against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 p.m.

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 12:12:11 AM »
STANFORD STANDOUT KELLEY O’HARA JOINS PALI BLUES

Blues Continue to Build Experienced Roster

Pacific Palisades, California - February 27, 2009

With the May 9th season opener on the horizon, the defending W-League Champion Pali Blues Soccer Club announce today the acquisition of Stanford University forward Kelley O’Hara. In addition to a career full of personal accolades, O’Hara possesses years of experience on multiple levels of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

"This is another huge signing for us,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “Kelley is not only a complete player, she is a winner. Her competitive spirit and passion shine every time she steps on the pitch. Kelley reminds me a lot of Heather O’Reilly (U.S. National Team and former player of Naimo) and, without question, will be joining her next year in the WPS."

Sharing the sentiments of Naimo was Blues General Manager Jason Lemire.

"Kelley is another tremendous signing and reflects our commitment this season to building an exciting, offensive-minded team our fans are sure to appreciate," he noted.

In three years of playing for Stanford University, the versatile O’Hara has registered 81 points on 31 goals and 19 assists. After a 20-point freshman year, she was named to the All-Pac 10 First Team and Freshman Team, as well as being a Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year finalist. After tallying 23 points in her second season with the Cardinal, she was named an NSCAA/adidas Second-Team All-American, a Top Drawer Third Team All-American, All-Pac 10 First Teamer, and she was a U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year finalist. This past fall, O’Hara recorded 38 points which led to a Second Team All-Pac 10 selection and a Top Drawer Second Team All-American nod.

O’Hara also brings a wealth of experience with multiple levels of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She received her first call-up to the senior U.S. Women’s National Team in March of 2007 and began her national team career with the U-16 club in 2004. She then progressed to the U-17 side and led the team by scoring 10 goals in 2005. Since that time, she has logged minutes for both the U-20 and U-21 Women’s National Teams.

Before heading west to Stanford University, O’Hara had a very successful high school career while playing for Starr’s Mill in Fayetteville, Georgia. She stocked her trophy case while suiting up for the Panthers, where she was a two-time Parade Magazine All-American, two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American, NSCAA High School All-American, 2006 NSCAA/adidas and Gatorade State Player of the Year, 2006 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year, and she led her team to the Georgia 5A state championship game in 2004 and 2006. In her last high school game she ever played, O’Hara and Starr’s Mill won that 2006 title game.

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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 12:36:58 AM »
BLUES ADD PALISADES NATIVE AMANDA LISBERGER

Midfielder Joins Reigning W-League Champions

Pacific Palisades, California - March 11, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club announced today that Brentwood School graduate and current Texas Longhorn Amanda Lisberger will play for the team in their sophomore campaign in the USL W-League. With the May 9th season opener quickly approaching, the reigning league champions continue to build their opening day roster as they seek to successfully defend their title in 2009.

"It is great to be able to add more local talent to the roster,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “Amanda is a very accomplished club soccer player that I have come up against a few times as a coach while with PDA NJ, and it is no surprise to me that she is off to a great start in college at U of Texas. I hope she will inspire other local players to want to wear a Pali Blues uniform one day."

Lisberger, who was invited to join the Korean Republic National Team Pool for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, wrapped up her freshman season at Texas this past fall, knocking in two goals and adding an assist in 20 appearances. Before suiting up for the Longhorns, she had an extensively successful high school and club career. She was a three-sport athlete at Brentwood School, where she holds the school and conference record with 201 points on 86 goals and 29 assists. On three occasions, she was named to the All-CIF First Team and led her team to three conference championships. The four-time Olympic League First Teamer and three-time Olympic League MVP was a California Gatorade Player of the Year finalist in 2007. One of the greatest highlights of her high school career was a game-winning header in the 2007 California State Championships on Fox Soccer Channel.

In addition to a stellar career at Brentwood School, Lisberger played four years with the Eagles Soccer Club in Southern California. She helped Eagles SC to a pair of state crowns in 2007 and 2008, while also reaching the state finals the previous two years. Eagles SC won the West Coast Premier League Championship and League Cup Championship in 2006, and they won a USYS National Championship, State Championship and Far West Regional Championship in 2007. Lisberger also guided her club to three Surf Cup Championships.

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BLUES INK COLLEGE CUP CHAMPION NIKKI WASHINGTON

UNC Forward Joins Defending W-League Champs

Pacific Palisades, California - March 15, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club announced today that University of North Carolina forward Nikki Washington is joining the defending W-League champions for their 2009 season. Not only does Washington bring national team experience to the Blues, she also has a pair of NCAA College Cup crowns on her resume.

"When you are trying to defend a title, bringing seasoned winners like Nikki to the table is critical,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo remarked. “Her versatility and leadership will make us a strong group again in ’09."

Washington, a native of Mesquite, Texas, recently completed her junior season with the Tar Heels this past fall. She made an immediate impression at Chapel Hill, tallying 15 points on three goals and nine assists during her freshman season in 2006. She was a finalist for the Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year, while also being named to the All-ACC Second Team and the All-ACC Freshman Team. Additionally, she was selected to the Soccer America Freshman All-America Second Team and the Top Drawer Soccer Rookie Second Team. She and the Tar Heels were also national champions in 2006 after knocking off Notre Dame in the championship game, 2-1. After registering 21 points on seven goals and seven assists over her sophomore year, Washington was named to the Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region Second Team. She also received ACC Tournament MVP honors after notching a score in each game of the ACC Tournament. This past fall, she recorded 19 points on five knocks and three assists, and she got a nod to the Soccer Buzz All-America Third Team after helping UNC to a second national title in three years.

"Nikki brings a lot of experience at a young age,” Naimo commented. “She has competed in club national championships with the Dallas Texans, won two NCAA titles at UNC and most recently captained the U.S. U20 Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Chile this past fall."

Washington has logged time with the U16, U17 and U20 sides of the U.S. Women’s National Team. As Naimo stated, she has already reached the pinnacle of the sport with the U20 team this past December when the U.S. National Team won the 2008 FIFA U20 World Cup in Chile. Washington supplied her team with a pair of assists during the championship run.

Prior to heading to Chapel Hill, Washington had a very successful club career with the Dallas Texans. Serving as captain of her team, the 2005 Parade Magazine All-American was named an NSCAA Youth All-American in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She led her club to three straight Premier League Championships during those same years. Her club also won the 2003 State Cup, 2003 and 2004 Lake Highlands Classic League titles, 2005 U18 Disney Showcase, and she also played on the winners of the 2004 and 2006 ODP National Championships.

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009, 11:50:58 PM »
BLUES ADD UCLA TRIO WITH NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Lauren Cheney Among Newest Players

Pacific Palisades, California - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club bolstered their roster today with the addition of three UCLA products who have logged international games for their respective nations. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Lauren Cheney, Canadian National Team striker Kara Lang and Mexican National Team forward Iris Mora are set to join the Blues when they embark upon their sophomore campaign as defending champions of the USL W-League this summer.

"It’s time for people to start getting excited," Blues General Manager Jason Lemire exclaimed. "With the world class team that Coach Naimo is once again putting together, we are looking for a packed house on opening day. That’s May 9th, mark your calendars!"

Forward Lauren Cheney will be entering her senior season at UCLA this fall, and she has already enjoyed one of the finest careers in Bruin history. After setting a school freshman record by tallying 19 goals in 2006, she received NSCAA/adidas First Team All-America accolades and was named the Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year. She followed that up with a stellar sophomore season, registering 57 points and 23 goals including nine game-winners. The prolific year led to a laundry list of individual honors, including being selected as the Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer National Player of the Year, NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz First Team All-America, Pac-10 Player of the Year, NCAA All-Tournament Team, Soccer America College MVP Team, as well as being a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and Honda Award finalist. U.S. Soccer also named her the Young Female Athlete of the Year. This past fall, the 2005-06 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year led UCLA with 31 points on 11 scores and nine assists, but arguably her greatest moment came last summer was she won an Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the U.S. National Team.

"Lauren is the first Olympic Gold Medalist to officially sign with us, and we are hoping her experiences will benefit the entire group,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “She has come from great program after great program, and she will compliment a very strong crew of attacking players we have signed thus far. She is one of the best players in the country with her back to the goal, and we hope to utilize that quality."

While only 22-years old, forward Kara Lang is already the fourth all-time leading scorer in Canadian National Team history. The Calgary native established the women’s world record for being the youngest player to notch a full international goal when she nailed a tally at the 2002 Algarve Cup at the age of 15 years, 132 days. In 85 caps for the Canadian Senior National Team, she has already registered 30 knocks and has a total of 42 tallies in international play. She has a pair of goals in two FIFA World Cups and also gained Olympic experience for Canada at the 2008 Summer Games. Heading to UCLA in 2005, Lang was ranked as the #1 college recruit, and in three seasons for the Bruins, she has recorded 76 points on 29 goals and 18 assists. Prior to entering college, she spent three summers playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL W-League.

"Kara will provide us with versatility and athleticism that is second to none,” Naimo remarked. “She also brings Olympic and World Cup experience to the table and at a very young age. Kara will most likely play a variety of roles for us this season."

Forward Iris Mora registered 94 points on 33 goals and 38 assists in four seasons at UCLA. During her career, she received both NSCAA/adidas All-America and All-Pac 10 accolades while knocking in 14 game-winners in four years. She played in all three matches for the Mexican National Team in the 1999 FIFA World Cup, and she also played for Mexico in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup qualifiers. She had a great international run at the 2000 CONCACAF Women’s World Gold Cup, where she hit a pair of knocks against Canada and four strikes against Guatemala.

“Iris is a tricky player that can play as a forward or underneath front players,” Naimo stated. “She has world class experience, and I am confident she will make a huge impact on our team. We are hoping this season will springboard her to WPS in 2010."

The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The Pali Blues Soccer Club was the winner of the 2008 W-League championship in just its first season of play, and the team will open their second season against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 p.m.

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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2009, 03:22:49 PM »
PALI BLUES CONTINUE TO BUILD OPENING DAY ROSTER

Blues Add Karyn Riviere, Ella Stephan

Pacific Palisades, California - Friday, April 3, 2009

With opening day a little over a month away, the Pali Blues Soccer Club announced today the addition of University of Connecticut product Karyn Riviere and Florida State freshman Ella Stephan. The duo looks to make immediate contributions to the Blues, who begin their USL W-League title defense on Saturday, May 9th, against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea.

"We are pleased to add another pair of great players from two fantastic college programs," Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “Karyn will give us depth in our attack as she brings quality Big East experience to the table, while Ella could make an easy adjustment to our style and contribute in a holding midfield or role in the back line. We are excited to have both of these wonderful players call Pali home this season."

Riviere has spent time playing both an attacking and defending role over her soccer career, and she had four years of success while playing at UConn. She tallied a total of 44 points during the time she suited up for the Huskies, notching 16 goals and 12 assists. Following her senior season, she was named the Connecticut College Player of the Year and got the nod to the All-New England Second Team. The versatile Riviere spent the past two years playing with the New England Mutiny of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, mainly protecting the Mutiny back line over the past two seasons.

Ella Stephan, a multifaceted player, will head back to Tallahassee this fall to play her sophomore campaign at Florida State University, but she will first bring her decorated resume to the Blues. The dual role player was a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team and most recently played with the U.S. U-20 National Team at the Four Nations Tournament in LaSerena, Chile. A 2007 and 2008 Parade All-American, Stephan started for six seasons at Satellite High School on the eastern coast of Florida. During her senior year, she captained her high school side to a 2007 state championship and garnered many individual accolades for her efforts. She was selected the All-Space Coast Player of the Year, NSCAA/adidas High School Player of the Year, Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner, and she was additionally named the Gatorade Player of the Year. This past fall, she started 21 contests for the Seminoles, playing the fourth most minutes on the team.

“How do you defend a National Championship?" Blues General Manager Jason Lemire asked. "You need a combination of youth and experience. Charlie is putting together another fantastic team, and we are excited to have Karyn and Ella aboard."

The Pali Blues Soccer Club was the winner of the 2008 W-League championship in just its first season of play, and the team will open their second season against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 p.m.

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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2009, 02:07:52 PM »
PALI BLUES POWER ROSTER WITH TWO NEW ADDITIONS

Pacific Palisades, California - Friday, April 17, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club made two key acquisitions to their 2009 roster today, bringing on board a pair of standouts from the University of North Carolina. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Whitney Engen were announced today as the two newest members of the Blues, who will begin their W-League title defense at home on Saturday, May 9th, when they host the Los Angeles Legends.

"These additions are critical to the team,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “We have had considerable success building up our attacking options thus far, but adding Whitney and Ashlyn brings us closer to matching the defensive crew we had last year."

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has played between the pipes for UNC since her freshman season. Heading into her senior year this fall, Harris already has a pair of NCAA championships backstopping the Tar Heels on her college resume. Prior to heading to Chapel Hill, the Florida native had a stellar career playing at Satellite High School on the eastern coast of the Sunshine State. After four outstanding seasons, Harris became the first four-time Parade Magazine All-American in women’s high school soccer history, and she secured NSCAA All-America honors all four years as well. She led the Scorpions to a pair of state championships (2002, 2003), and she capped off her 2004 senior year with Gatorade and Parade Magazine National Player of the Year accolades. Harris has played significant minutes with the U.S. National Team at virtually every level, and she is a current member of the U-23 squad. She has already reached major heights during her time suiting up for her country, winning the inaugural FIFA U-19 World Championship as a member of the United States side.

"I have been speaking with Ashlyn for years to join my team, and now she is finally available,” Naimo said. “She is one of the best keepers in the nation. She is acrobatic, amazing with her feet and knows how to lead. Ashlyn is also no stranger to winning. She was part of the first-ever U-19 Gold Medal team and has two national championships in the past three years at UNC.”

Whitney Engen brings three years of experience as a starter at UNC, playing in front of Harris as both a forward and a defender. The California native also has a pair of NCAA titles to her credit, notching 57 points on 18 goals and 21 assists in her first two collegiate seasons before unselfishly moving to the Tar Heel backline for her junior campaign last fall. Engen started all 28 games for the national champions, contributing three assists to the UNC attack. The Palos Verdes Peninsula High School graduate played nine years of club soccer, logging the last four years with Slammers FC. While playing for Newport Beach club, she helped her team to back-to-back state and regional championships (2004, 2005).

"Whitney is a rare athlete with a winning pedigree as well,” Naimo remarked. “Before UNC she was a part of the Slammers club that is a championship machine, and she has since has gone on to win two national titles with the Tar Heels. What is unique about Whit is that she was a leading scorer at UNC as a freshman and this past season was one of the best backs in the country while leading the Heels to another trophy."

With the latest acquisitions of Harris and Engen, the Blues have built another top-flight roster after sending 15 players from their 2008 W-League championship team to Women’s Professional Soccer. The team will open their league title defense against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 PM, attempting to set a world record for most people juggling a soccer ball at one time during halftime of the season opener. For more information about that world record attempt or to purchase tickets, fans are encouraged to call Blues General Manager Jason Lemire at (310) 264-4649.

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009, 12:32:42 PM »
PALI BLUES ADD THREE TO OPENING DAY ROSTER

Blues Bring More Veteran Leadership to Team

Pacific Palisades, California
Friday, May 1, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club bolstered the roster for their May 9th home opener today, announcing three key acquisitions. English striker Jodie Taylor and defender Beth McNamara will don the powder blue this year, while midfielder Leah Tapscott returns to the Blues after winning a league championship with the club last season.

"The signing of these players brings us closer to the goal of matching the number of players we helped push to WPS from last year’s group,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “We have a few great internationals signed already and some of the best college players from all over the country. The staff is so excited to get working with this group, it could be the best ever."

Forward Jodie Taylor is a native of Birkenhead, England, and she has logged heavy minutes as a member of the English U-23 National Team. She played collegiately at Oregon State University and rewrote the record books while suiting up for the Beavers. She is the only player in program history to receive All-Pac 10 First Team accolades four years straight and became the first OSU player to eclipse the century mark in points. The English playmaker tallied a career total of 113 points on 47 goals and 19 assists in college. Taylor began her W-League career with the Boston Renegades before playing a pair of seasons with the Ottawa Fury. Last year, she finished sixth in the league after registering 24 points on 10 goals and four helpers.

"Jodie is a fantastic attacking player, and I am very surprised she had not been picked up by a WPS team,” Naimo stated. “She is the whole package- athletic, technical and passionate, and her tactical awareness is at a professional level. Jodie will be a great compliment to this great group of attacking players."

Midfielder Leah Tapscott returns to the Blues after winning the league title with the team last year. She contributed four points on a goal and two assists last season, displaying her trademark hustle throughout the championship campaign. She played her college soccer at Stanford University, tallying 30 career points on 10 goals and 10 assists. She bolstered her resume while playing for the Cardinal, receiving All-Pac 10 First Team, NSCAA All-West Region Second Team and Soccer Buzz Third Team honors in 2004. Tapscott played for the ODP team in Wisconsin when she was in high school and was selected NSCAA All-America in 2001.

"This will be my third season with Leah, and she is one of the most versatile players I have ever had,” Naimo remarked. “She spent the pre-season with Bay Area FC Gold Pride and she will be more than ready to impact this team."

Defender Beth McNamara played for Naimo for three seasons with the New Jersey Wildcats of the W-League, winning a league crown together in 2005. During their time together, they also won an additional regular season championship and were crowned the 2005 North American champions. The 2006 All-USL Eastern Conference Defender also made three appearances with the Philadelphia Charge of the Women’s United Soccer Association before beginning her W-League career with the Boston Renegades in 2003. The four-year starter at James Madison University was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and was named the James Madison Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2003. Naimo brought McNamara with him to the Pacific Palisades before the 2008 season, but the JMU product was forced to the sidelines due to injury.

"Beth has been with me since the Wildcats transformation, and she will be a great leader for this group,” Naimo said. “She missed out on last season at Pali because of injury and has come back very strong. After spending pre-season with us at Sol, she is ready to make another run at pro soccer. I am hoping the season will accomplish this for her.”

The Blues will open their league title defense against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 PM, attempting to set a world record for most people juggling soccer balls at one time during halftime of the season opener. For more information about that world record attempt or to purchase tickets, fans are encouraged to call Blues General Manager Jason Lemire at (310) 709-2242.

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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 06:02:31 PM »
PALI BLUES WIN IN SEASON OPENER

Blues Edge L.A. Legends in Highly Contested Match, 2-1

Pacific Palisades, California
Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Pali Blues started the 2009 season right where they left off 2008, in front on a spirited crowd of 902 fans at the Stadium By The Sea with a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Legends. It was a very even match throughout with each team holding the run of play in a half. In the end, it was the Legends that held the edge in shots 11-10.

“I have to say that I am very impressed with the Legends," Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “Twila and her staff did an amazing job putting the team together, as well as coaching it. That group would have been a top 3 team last season, and we are looking forward to our second match with them late in the season.”

The game was played at a very fast pace from the start as neither team could discourage the other from pressing. The Blues opened the scoring in the 14th minute as Jodie Taylor made a clever run out of the midfield and ran onto a well weighted through pass from Emily Wynne to slot the ball into the side netting for a 1-0 lead.

The second half also started with blazing pace, and it was not long before Lauren Welch out jumped a Blues defender to nail a header from Amelia Mathis into the bottom corner of the goal to bring the game level at 1-1 in the 48th minute. It wasn’t long until the Blues bulled the goal back and took the lead for good. In the 51st minute, Emily Wynne headed home a corner from Iris Mora for the final goal of the match and a 2-1 win for the Blues.

“On one hand, I am disappointed with our performance because we did very little of what we discussed, but I have to be happy that some of our experienced players knew how to find a way to win, one of which that had not even trained with the team yet,” Naimo said. “But I also want to credit the Legends once again for making us look unorganized and showing us where we need to improve.”

The Blues are home again at 3:00 p.m. next Sunday, May 17th, for the last time until late June.

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Pali Blues: Joslyn Slovek; Jacqueline Carron (Caitlin Blosser 45), Erin Hardy, Beth McNamara, Karyn Riviere (Erika Janke 45); Kara Lang, Leah Tapscott, Jodie Taylor, Emily Wynne; Lauren Cheney, Iris Mora (Caitlin MacKechnie 66).

Goals: Taylor (14)
          Wynne (51)
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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009, 10:55:26 PM »
Blues Remain Unbeaten

Defending W-League Champions defeat Real Colorado, 2-0

Pali Blues Press Release – www.bluessoccerclub.com
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pacific Palisades, California

The Pali Blues Soccer Club (2-0-0) were tested by a quality Real Colorado Cougars (1-1-0) side on Sunday afternoon, but the defending USL W-League champions persevered to take a 2-0 result at the Stadium by the Sea.

After opening the season with a pair of home victories, the Blues will now hit the road to play their next four contests before returning to the Palisades on Tuesday, June 23rd, to host the Vancouver Whitecaps (0-0-1).

"Once again, it was not the prettiest match," Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. "For a while, there we were putting passes together and we came out of our first two matches 2-0, which was the goal/challenge knowing we would not be full strength until June."

While every game in the W-League is a battle, Naimo took special note of the aggressive play on Sunday afternoon.

"It was one of the most physical matches I have ever been a part of, and it took a while for us to find the right system to secure the win," he reflected.

The Blues edged Real Colorado with an 11-7 shot advantage, but it would not be until the 35th minute that they would put a ball into the back of the net. Mexican National Team forward Iris Mora made a great run through the center of the Cougar defense onto a perfectly timed feed from New Zealand National Team midfielder Kirsty Yallop. It appeared that Mora was being pulled down from behind, but she managed to shake loose and slip a ball into the Real Colorado goal.

With the adrenalin of that knock still flowing through the Blues attack, Canadian National Team midfielder Kara Lang rose above a group of Cougar defenders to head in a 40-yard driven free kick from Mora just two minutes later, giving her club a 2-0 advantage.

The Blues then buckled down the rest of the way to secure the 2-0 result with goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek taking the shutout.

The Blues will now take to the road for their next four games before returning to the Stadium by the Sea for a 7:00 p.m. pairing with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday, June 23rd.

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Pali Blues:  Joslyn Slovek; Beth McNamara, Ella Stephan, Leah Tapscott; Jacqueline Carron (Amanda Lisberger 78), Kara Lang (Karyn Riviere 83), Maria Nogueira (Caitlin Blosser 64), Kirsty Yallop; Whitney Engen, Iris Mora, Emily Wynne (Rebecca Brown 45).

Goals: Mora (35)
          Lang (37)
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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2009, 05:09:15 PM »
PALI BLUES ADD OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST TOBIN HEATH

UNC Standout is Second Olympic Gold Medalist on Pali Roster

Pacific Palisades, California
Thursday, May 28, 2009

The defending USL W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club bolstered its roster today when it became official that U.S. National Team midfielder Tobin Heath is joining the team for the 2009 season. Heath was the youngest member on the U.S. squad when they brought home Olympic Gold last summer, and she joins striker Lauren Cheney as the second player on the Blues roster that brought home a Gold Medal.

"Tobin is one of the best take on artists in the women’s game,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “Her clever movements off the ball and ability to play in and out of pressure are world class, and she will be a treat for our fans."

This marks the second time that Naimo and Heath have linked up for W-League action as the duo was together for three seasons with the New Jersey Wildcats. Naimo was the head coach of the Wildcats for the duration of those three years while Heath was a student at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Together, they reached the W-League championship in 2004 and won the crown in 2006.

Heath has earned 14 caps with the U.S. Women’s Full National Team after earning herself a spot on the squad in 2007. Before joining the full team, she spent time with the U-16, U-17 and U-20 sides of the U.S. National Team.

After winning Olympic Gold last summer, Heath returned to Chapel Hill last fall for her junior year at the University of North Carolina. In 26 matches, she tallied 24 points on a well-balanced eight goals and eight assists to earn All-ACC First Team and NSCAA/adidas All-America Second Team accolades while helping the Tar Heels to their second NCAA national championship in three years.
 
She arrived at UNC in 2006 and made an immediate impression, recording 17 points on four knocks and nine helpers. She earned numerous honors for her efforts, including her being selected to the All-ACC Second Team, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team, Soccer Buzz All-America Second Team, Soccer Buzz Freshmen All-America First Team, Top Drawer Freshmen All-America Second Team, NSCAA All-Southeast Region Team, Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region Team, and she was additionally named the Soccer Buzz Southeast Region Freshman of the Year.

She followed up that debut season with an accomplished sophomore campaign, registering nine points on a pair of knocks and five assists. The All-ACC First Team selection was a finalist for both the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Award and Soccer Buzz Player of the Year Award, and she was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. She was additionally named to the NSCAA All-America First Team, Soccer Buzz All-America Team, as well as the Top Drawer Soccer All-America Second Team.

A graduate of Ridge High School in northern New Jersey, Heath was a decorated youth player. She was named the 2005 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year while receiving Parade All-America and Star-Ledger All-State First Team honors. While playing club soccer for the PDA Wildcats, she was a key figure in their winning a national championship in 2003.

The Blues are currently hitting the road for their next four games before returning to the Stadium by the Sea for a 7:00 p.m. pairing with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday, June 23rd. Heath is slated to make her season debut on Friday, June 5th, when the Blues play the Seattle Sounders.

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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2009, 06:46:01 PM »
PALI BLUES WIN PLAYOFF OPENER

Pacific Palisades - 25th July 2009

In a great night for women’s soccer in Los Angeles, The Pali Blues overcame a second half deficit in dramatic fashion to capture the Western Conference Championship over the visiting Colorado Force. The final score line of 5-2 did little justice in capturing the back and forth quality of the match that saw momentum swing from end to the other throughout until a Kelley O’Hara wunderstrike put the Blues ahead for good in the 75th minute and Iris Mora sealed the victory with a pair of goals in the game’s closing minutes. On a night that sent the Blues on to the USL W-League Semi-Finals many Pali fans are already referring to the evening as the best home victory in the organization’s young history.

On a night when Marta and the LA Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer were on hand to sign autographs the future of women’s soccer was on display on the field from the start with Lauren Cheney and Nikki Washington threatening early. The Blues eventually broke through in the eleventh minute with an opportunistic goal by Christen Press who calmly collected a deflected shot by Iris Mora and slotted it past Force keeper Maria Del Guerico.

The game then settled into a battle in the midfield with both teams applying tough, physical pressure. Eventually the Force’s persistant workrate paid off with Nikki Marshall, who battled in the box all evening, hammering home the equalizer in the 60th minute. The Force would then take the lead in the 72nd minute and a second Marshall goal assisted by Lisa Franke. But the celebrations on the Colorado bench would be shortlived and with a boisterous crowd at its back -- led by the passionate cheers from the Blues self-described "hooligans" The Tony Danza Army -- the defending champions of the USL W-League would soon show their championship mettle.

The Blues march to victory began with yet another goal from Press, this one a blast from distance,which has become her trademark this season. The following ten minutes saw both teams find quality opportunities on goal but neither seemed capable of finding the back of the net. The game appeared destined for overtime until Lauren Cheney found Kelley O’Hara, the team’s midfield engine, open just outside the 18 yard box. O’Hara made no mistake, and in the 88th minute wrote herself into Pali Blues lore with a goal that had the stadium rocking and the entire Blues bench on its feet.

With Colorado pressing for a last minute equalizer, Mora netted two insurance goals in stoppage time - one an impressive chip - to book the Western Conference Champions a flight to NY to battle Hudson Valley for a trip to the USL W-League Finals.

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Re: Pali Blues
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2009, 11:53:31 PM »
PALI BLUES ADVANCE TO SECOND STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Blues Defeat Hudson Valley Quickstrike in W-League Semifinals, 4-0

Newburgh, New York
Friday, July 31, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club showed why they are the defending USL W-League champions tonight at Newburgh Free Academy, defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues by a tally of 4-0. With a well-balanced effort in every phase of the game, the Blues now advance to their second straight league championship game next weekend.

“It took us a while to get going at the beginning of the year, but all that matters is how you end the season. It’s humbling to be around this group of girls, and I’m just happy to see them achieving this kind of success,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented after the victory, sending him to his fourth W-League championship game as a coach and second straight since moving to the West Coast.

Rain poured down on the Hudson Valley for much of the day, but calm weather conditions fought their way into Newburgh to greet these two clubs with a perfect environment for playoff soccer by the time of kickoff. Blues goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was tested early when the Quickstrike attack was able to create some opportunities in the opening minutes of this contest, but she and her defense did well to weather that early storm.

The Blues regrouped after that early push by Hudson Valley, and they very quickly engaged a shift in the offensive momentum. They began to get off some quality shots toward their target, and their aggressive play paid dividends in the 14th minute of the match. It was then that midfielder Christen Press collected the ball on the right flank and sent a hard strike over to Jodie Taylor in the center of the field. Taylor then weaved her way through traffic until seeing her opening from more than 30 yards out, and she then launched a bomb past the outstretched arms of Quickstrike netminder Ashley Thompson to give the defending W-League champions a 1-0 advantage.

The Blues continued to display their high level of class throughout the remainder of the opening half, and Mexican National Team forward Iris Mora was able to stretch the gap to 2-0 in the 45th minute of the game. The All-Western Conference selection received a feed from Press on the right wing and capitalized on the room she was afforded by the Hudson Valley defense. From 25 yards out, she struck a powerful volley into the back of the net to give her team a two goal lead going into intermission.

The Blues kept their foot on the throttle when the second half of action got started, and Mora made the most of being given too much space once again in the 50th minute. Making a run on the right wing, she one-touched a cross to the middle of the field, and midfielder Kelley O’Hara fought off a pair of Quickstrike defenders to punch in the third Blues goal of the evening.

Hudson Valley continued to battle, and forward Angelika Johansson nearly got Quickstrike on the board when she created a 1v1 chance for herself in the 59th minute. As soon as she saw Johansson break free, Harris came out from her post to make a spectacular diving save to stop the run and keep the slate clean. Rewarding their goalkeeper for her efforts, the Blues made it 4-0 in the 65th minute when Mora set up a Lauren Cheney tally. From that point forward, the Blues defense buckled down to complete the shutout.

“We saw when they came out that they were motivated,” Mora said after the game. “We knew we had to stay composed and defend on both ends of the field. We played like a team and a unit out there, and I’m just so proud of all my teammates.”

The win extends the Blues unbeaten streak to 28 games and advances them to their second title appearance in as many years of existence. The Blues now await the winner of a Saturday night pairing between the Ottawa Fury and Washington Freedom.

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