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Philadelphia Independence
« on: September 07, 2009, 02:29:59 AM »
Philadelphia Independence names Paul Riley head coach

Philadelphia Independence Press Release
3rd September 2009

Two-time WPSL national championship coach onboard leading the Independence player selection and WPS draft process

The Philadelphia Independence is proud to announce the selection of Paul Riley as its Head Coach.  Originally from Liverpool, England, Paul has a long and illustrious career coaching men’s and women’s youth, college, and minor league soccer, including two National Championships (2006 and 2009) with the WPSL Long Island Fury.   

Paul’s distinguished coaching career includes many honors and awards as a player and a coach.  He has earned honors such as A-League National Coach of the Year; New York Regional Coach of the Year; Umbro A-League All-Star Coach Selection; and 5-Time New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.  As Head Coach of the CW Post Pioneers (Long Island University) from 1991-1997, he accumulated a record of 98-48-11.  In addition, under Paul’s direction, his Albertson Soccer Club youth teams have won numerous New York State Championships and are considered some of the most dominant in the country.  As a player at Adelphi University, Paul was MVP in three of his four years there, and still holds school records for all-time leading points and assists.  He continued his playing career after college with the Albany Capitals, New Jersey Eagles, and Long Island Rough Riders, where he was part of the National Championship teams in 1994 and 1995.  When he is not coaching, Paul runs the Paul Riley Soccer School, which hosts regular training camps and skill sessions for players of all ages.

Says Philadelphia’s General Manager Terry Foley, “Paul Riley is the perfect ingredient for this franchise.  He is a former standout player, distinguished youth club coach and executive, and two-time WPSL National Champion.  Paul has coached players on the U.S. National Team and in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league over the course of his career and is well-respected for his knowledge of the game and his ability to find and use talent.  I am impressed with Paul’s positive rapport with his players and ability to bring diverse talents and skills together for successful results on the field.  He is a tremendous asset to this team, its incoming players, and this city.”

According to Head Coach Paul Riley, “I am thrilled to be selected to coach this team.  I have gotten to know the organization over the past few weeks by helping evaluate talent at the European Championships in Finland and am very impressed with the front office and the goals and objectives it has for 2010 and beyond.  I am also very pleased to be working with Assistant Coaches Staci Wilson and Paul Royal in preparation for our season’s start next April.  There are lots and lots of world-class players available out there, and we are going to do our absolute best to bring top talent to Philadelphia through the league’s draft process and deliver a product our fans and communities are proud to watch and support.”

“We are very pleased to have Paul Riley join the ranks of our distinguished WPS coaches” says WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci.  “Paul will complement the terrific organization that is being built in Philadelphia for the Independence fans and we congratulate him on this selection.”

This announcement comes a week before the Philadelphia Independence begins selecting players for its 2010 roster.  Player analysis is in full swing in preparation for the September 15 WPS Expansion Draft, in which Philadelphia may select up to nine players from existing WPS team rosters.  This is followed one week later on September 22 with the WPS International Draft, where the Independence has first overall selection and will select a total of five star international players.  Then, at the end of September, the free agency trade period begins.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/press_releases/090903-phi-coach

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009, 02:31:52 AM »
As reported by shlj, cardy and rach_83 in other threads on the WPS board, the Independence and the other expansion team, Atlanta Beat, have been building their rosters for their start in the WPS next summer in accordance with rules and procedures set by the league.

The first phase was a draft of a limited number of players from the 7 founding teams in the league. The second phase was a draft of negotiating rights for five international players.

The outcome for Philadelphia Independence was as follows:-

Expansion Draft

1 Lori Lindsey
   Midfielder from Washington Freedom
2 Jen Buczkowski
   Defender from Sky Blue
3 Nikki Krzysik
   Defender from Chicago Red Stars
4 Sue Weber
   Defender from Boston Breakers
5 Sarah Senty
   Defender from Washington Freedom
6 Danesha Adams 
   Forward from Chicago Red Stars
7 Kelly Schmedes
   Forward from Boston Breakers

International Draft

1 Caroline Seger (Sweden)
   Midfielder
2 Charlotte Rohlin (Sweden)
   Defender
3 Holmfridur Magnusdottir (Iceland)
   Midfielder
4 Fara Williams (England)
   Midfielder
5 Lianne Sanderson (England)
   Forward

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Philadelphia Independence Selects Five International Superstars
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009, 02:29:22 PM »
Philadelphia Independence Selects Five International Superstars

extract for the article, regarding the English players, full article link below:

In addition to these terrific players, Coach Paul Riley identified Lianne Sanderson and Fara Williams as two English players that could have an immediate and positive impact on the Independence. Paul stated on draft day about these two selections, “I am very pleased to have picked up both Lianne and Fara for next season. They will help spark our offensive efforts, and their successful careers with England prove that they can compete at the highest level.” Like the Swedish players, Lianne and Fara know each other well, having played together with their country for the past two years. Their chemistry and connectivity makes them a dangerous combination and a great asset to the Independence offense.

Lianne Sanderson at age twenty-one has already established herself as one of the most dangerous strikers in the game and has a promising future ahead of her. Lianne played for the English U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-21 National Teams, and made her first Full Team appearance in May of 2006. Her first international goal came in 2007 in just her fifth cap, and she continues to be an offensive force for her country. Lianne played for England in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was another standout player in the European Championships last month.

Born in Watford, England, Lianne was a part of the Arsenal club for the majority of her career, starting with the youth club at age nine and joining the first team at just fifteen years old. Lianne earned countless honors with Arsenal, finishing the 2006/2007 season as Arsenal’s top scorer by notching 40 goals in 41 appearances. After 11 years at the Arsenal Club, Lianne signed with the Chelsea Ladies in 2008 and has made a great impact for the club. Despite her relative youth, Lianne is a smart player with a great head for the game. Her passion and spirit are contagious, and Philadelphia fans will enjoy watching her next season.

Terry Foley hopes that Lianne will bring her offensive prowess to the Independence. “Lianne has scored goals at every level she has played at, and we hope that she will continue to score goals next year in Philadelphia. Lianne is accustomed to winning having played for both Arsenal and Chelsea, and that tradition of victory should be carried with the Independence.”

Fara Williams is another English National Team player who will be a fantastic addition to the Independence midfield. A dangerous attacker, Fara controls the flow of the game from the center of the field and creates brilliant scoring opportunities for her team. As a member of the English National Team, Fara scored five goals to help England qualify for the 2007 World Cup, and contributed another in the tournament itself. Her outstanding play earned Fara the honor of 2007 International Player of the Year. In the recent European Championships, Fara’s leadership was a key component to England’s impressive run to the finals.

Nicknamed “Queen Fara” by her Everton fans, she has twice been named Player of the Year with the Everton Ladies Football Club. In 2008, Fara helped lead her club to win the Premiership title for the first time in 10 years, and again to capture runner-up in 2009. Her tenacity and heart are undeniable, and she is fearless in her both her tackles and attacks. The London native is a fun player to watch, and Independence fans will be lucky to have Fara in Philadelphia next season.

Head Coach Paul Riley believes Fara will be a great addition to the Independence lineup. “Fara is a superb player with tremendous vision, a vintage final ball and a work-rate second to none. She covers alot of ground, is always available to her teammates and enjoys the pressure of having the ball at her feet. Fara has a top class attitude with technical and tactical knowledge.”

http://www.wpsphillyindependence.com/philadelphia-independence-selects-five-international-superstars/

...appears I missed Everton winning the title in 2008  ???

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2009, 03:15:57 PM »
Yeah they could check their stats before making false statements lol
I have commented on the thread wonder if they will censor me.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 03:28:44 PM by shlj »

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009, 09:37:42 PM »
LOL Think he may have meant Premier League Cup!  ::)

So how the article reads Lianne and Fara are definitely going then?

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2009, 09:41:06 PM »
The article is funny, it says they will try to sign them at the beginning , but the wording says a few times that they will be an asset as if it was already a done deal ???
And lol they have censored me, bastards ;D

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Women’s Pro Soccer Team Brings One of World’s Best-known Female Athletes Back to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 15, 2009) The Philadelphia Independence added one of the most well-known faces in women’s sports to its growing roster yesterday with the signing of Women’s National Team star Heather Mitts. Joining the Independence is a homecoming for Mitts, as she played professionally with the WUSA’s Philadelphia Charge from 2001 to 2003. A skilled defender and fan-favorite, her return to the Philadelphia pro sports scene is a tremendous boost to the new Independence expansion team as well as to the area’s soccer community.

According to Mitts, “Philly has always had a special place in my heart, so I’m very excited to have this opportunity. It’s where I began my professional career and most likely where I will end it. I’ve been impressed with the organization and its plans for the team. I’m thrilled by the depth of players already acquired and look forward to playing in front of the passionate Philly fans once again.”

Since her time with the Charge, Mitts has had incredible success in the WPS and at the international level, and in March of 2009 she became only the 25th female player in U.S. history to earn her 100th cap. Mitts has captured the Olympic Gold twice with the United States, earning her first medal in Athens in 2004 and a second in Bejiing last year, where she started all six matches for the U.S. Team. She has been a consistent defensive presence at outside back for the U.S. over the last 10 years and will compete with the WNT again at the end of October against reigning European Champion, Germany.

During Mitt’s previous tenure in Philadelphia, she started all fifty-one games in her three seasons with the Charge and helped her team make the playoffs the first two years. She was named a WUSA All-Star in 2003 and tallied eight assists during her WUSA career. She was equally as effective in the WPS for the Boston Breakers this season, starting every game and providing leadership and experience for the young team. Mitts was placed with Boston in the WPS National Team Allocation last year, but became a free agent on September 30, 2009.

An Ohio native, Mitts attended the University of Florida where she led the Gators to their first and only NCAA Championship in 1999. Twice named an NCAA All-American during her career, she was also voted Most Inspirational Player and MVP by her teammates. Mitt’s work-rate and professionalism extend beyond the soccer field, demonstrated by her work as analyst and commentator for major sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Net, ABC, and the Sunshine Network.

Independence General Manager Terry Foley knows that Mitt’s impact will be invaluable next season. “Heather’s value as a player and team ambassador will be an incredible asset to our organization. She has nearly a decade of National Team experience, a connection with the Philadelphia communities, and is fully committed to making the Independence the best team in the league. We are ecstatic to have Heather as a part of the team in 2010.”

Be one of the first fans to welcome Heather Mitts back to Philadelphia! Purchase season tickets now and receive an exclusive Heather Mitts t-shirt free! Don’t miss out on any of the 2010 action and secure your season tickets today at www.independencetix.com. Shirts are limited to the first 100 new season ticket holders. Also visit www.wpsphillyindependence.com to stay in touch with all the other exciting news the teams has to share.

http://www.wpsphillyindependence.com/philadelphia-independence-%E2%80%98smitten%E2%80%99-with-mitts/

Getting some big names at Philadelphia, will be interesting team to watch come March. Be interested to see if A.Scott keeps #22 at Boston now or gets her familiar #2 shirt next season.  :-\

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009, 11:53:30 AM »
Rodriguez traded to Philadelphia Independence
by WPS - Staff Report
29th September 2009.

The Boston Breakers announced the trade of forward Amy Rodriguez and their first round draft choice in the 2010 WPS draft to the Philadelphia Independence in exchange for Philadelphia’s two first round selections in the 2010 draft.   The Independence is one of two expansion teams joining WPS for the 2010 season, along with the Atlanta Beat.  The 2010 WPS draft will be held on January 15, 2010.

“Amy’s lightning fast speed, exceptional skills, and game-changing energy will be a huge addition to our offensive line,” said Philadelphia Independence General Manager Terry Foley. “A young player with Amy’s international, National Team, and WPS experience is rare, and we feel that she brings a great combination of youth and tactical knowledge. She is a fan-favorite and we are thrilled to have her coming to Philadelphia.”

Along with Rodriguez, Boston will send the #5 overall pick in the first round to Philadelphia.  The Breakers will receive the #2 overall selection in the first round, along with Philadelphia’s bonus pick at the end of the first round, which is the #11 overall selection.

Rodriguez was originally selected with the 1st overall pick by the Breakers in the 2009 WPS Draft.   Rodriguez helped lead the University of Southern California Trojans to their first NCAA Championship in 2007.  The following summer, Rodriguez earned a Gold Medal at the Beijing Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.   The 22-year-old forward started in 11 of the 17 games she appeared in for the Breakers in 2009 recording one goal and no assists.

“The trade involving Amy Rodriguez was a difficult decision,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “A-Rod has some wonderful qualities as a player and she will certainly continue to evolve, however, the trade with Philadelphia allows us two first round draft picks and three high picks overall from one of the best college classes in recent history.  I am excited for the January draft options now available for the Boston Breakers. I want to wish Amy all the best with her new club.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090929-rodriguez-trade

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 04:51:21 AM »
Falk's strike salvages a point for Independence

When it comes to firsts in Women's Professional Soccer games, Independence defender Allison Falk is second to none.

Falk scored the first goal in franchise history in Sunday's comeback 1-1 tie with the Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium.

It was Falk's second goal of her two-year WPS career, and it was also her "second" first.

Playing last season for the Los Angeles Sol, Falk scored the first goal ever in WPS history, on March 29, 2009, in a 2-0 win over the Washington Freedom.

Falk scored the first Independence goal on a header from Lori Lindsey's service off a free kick to the far post in the 55th minute.

"First goal last year and first goal this year, but I'm sorry I couldn't score the second goal," Falk said. "Hopefully, I will be able to score more this year."

Falk sat out last week's scoreless tie with the Atlanta Beat due to a red card that she received while playing for the Sol in last year's WPS championship loss to New Jersey's Sky Blue.

"It was really tough going through preseason and not being able to play that game," she said.

Not only did Falk tie the score in Sunday's game, she took away the momentum Boston had gained after Kelly Smith scored on a 20-yard free kick in the 49th minute that deflected off the defensive wall set up by the Independence.

"I didn't think the ball was going to go in," Smith said of her goal. "I don't think I had enough lift on it."

Philadelphia fans will remember Smith playing for the Charge of the WUSA. The 31-year-old English national remains among the most dangerous offensive players in the world.

Falk's goal energized the Independence (0-0-2), and they did a much better job holding onto the ball and attacking after her score, in a fairly wide-open second half.

"The best thing was that we got back in the game almost immediately after they scored," Independence coach Paul Riley said. "We hadn't scored a goal, and to get one off a set piece gave us a big lift."

In the 86th minute, Independence midfielder Jen Buczkowski received her second yellow card and an automatic red-card ejection, forcing her team to compete with a player short. Buczkowski will now sit out the next game, on Sunday at West Chester University against the Washington Freedom.

Boston (1-0-1), with the player advantage, kept applying the pressure. In stoppage time, the Breakers' wide-open Lauren Cheney headed a ball over the goal.

There was early controversy in the game's sixth minute, when Independence defender Heather Mitts, returning to action after missing the last game with a quadriceps injury, took down the ageless Kristine Lilly in the box.

The Breakers were originally awarded a penalty kick by referee Bryan Roslund. But then he conferred with assistant referee Amy Willing, who had called offside before the foul took place, and the penalty kick was waived.

As she had in the opening scoreless tie with Atlanta, Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc kept her team in the game with several big saves. The best came in the 32d minute when Boston's Liz Bogus sent Smith on goal, and LeBlanc just tipped the ball away at the last second, saving a sure goal. It was one of many big plays in the team's first-ever road game.

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/91447044.html?cmpid=15585797

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 12:41:13 PM »
Independence goalie LeBlanc unavailable

Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who has had two strong outings in the team's first two Women's Professional Soccer league matches, won't be available for Sunday's game against the visiting Washington Freedom because of a national team commitment.

LeBlanc will be competing for Canada in a friendly against host China on Saturday.

Val Henderson, who had a strong preseason, according to coach Paul Riley, will start in goal for the Independence.

Riley also said defender Heather Mitts may not play as she recovers from a quadriceps/hip injury. Mitts played 45 minutes in last week's 1-1 tie at Boston.

Riley added that Joanna Lohman will start at midfield, replacing Jen Buczkowski, who must sit out the game after receiving a red card for two yellow cards last week.

The Independence are 0-0-2, and Washington is 1-1. Game time Sunday will be 6 p.m., at West Chester University.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20100423_Independence_goalie_LeBlanc_unavailable.html

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 01:04:18 AM »
whoo philly just beat washington freedom in the first play off round and are about to meet the boston breakers!! way to go cheesesteaks!!! :D

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/general/100919-phi-wsh.aspx

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 12:50:01 PM »
Watched the game on the webcast, intensity level is very very high but the number of turnovers is phenomenal as well.
Everything is played with high pace, power and energy but proper build up play and construction is lacking at time.
And the Philly finishing was awful.

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Re: Philadelphia Independence
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2010, 01:24:32 PM »
The finishing was awful but to be fair they have been finishing well earlier in the season thanks to A-Rod :)
Also they made a lot more chances, Freedom didnt seem to know how to link up with Abby & hardly ever got through on goal.
Philly well deserved to go through & to enjoy being beaten by the Breakers this thursday :D