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Title: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on September 06, 2008, 11:13:32 AM
Pro Women's soccer returns to the Bay Area

Chronicle Staff Report

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The latest incarnation of a women's pro soccer league is headquartered in San Francisco. Now, the league will have a team in the Bay Area, too.

Women's Professional Soccer plans to announce today that it is adding a Bay Area franchise to the group of charter teams that is to begin play in April.

It has not been announced where the Bay Area team will play. The other six teams are in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The league is to expand in 2010 to include Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.

To stock its teams with players, the WPS first is going to allocate players from the U.S. national team and its player pool this month. Next will be a draft of top international players, followed by a general draft for domestic and international players.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/03/SP0T12NBDT.DTL

Title: Re: Pro women's soccer returns to the Bay Area
Post by: norge95 on September 08, 2008, 05:25:00 PM

Women's Professional Soccer plans to announce today that it is adding a Bay Area franchise to the group of charter teams that is to begin play in April.

It has not been announced where the Bay Area team will play. The other six teams are in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The league is to expand in 2010 to include Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.


Thanks for posting this article redrobin

This is really good news for the San Francisco Bay Area, but very disappointing news for fans of women's football here in San Diego.  Now that there are 10 clubs for the first two WPS seasons, I'm not very optimistic about our chances of have a professional women's football club in San Diego again anytime soon.  :(

Title: Re: Pro women's soccer returns to the Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on September 09, 2008, 01:58:11 PM
Bay Area joins Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for inaugural season

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Dallas franchise now slated to begin play in 2010 

SAN FRANCISCO (September 3, 2008) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today that it has entered an agreement with a Bay Area investor group to operate a team that will play in the League’s inaugural 2009 season.  The addition of the Bay Area alongside Los Angeles gives WPS two franchises located on the West Coast.

Led by Brian and Nancy NeSmith, the Bay Area ownership group joins investors in Boston, Chicago, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and L.A. as teams planned for the League’s 2009 season, thereby giving the League a national footprint of three East Coast, two Midwest and two West Coast franchises. WPS will expand to Atlanta and Philadelphia in 2010 and continues to explore additional potential franchises for 2010 and beyond.  The WPS team planned for Dallas is now slated to begin play in 2010 as the League continues to work on securing a facility, with the intention that the Team will start play in the League’s second season.

“As one of the top six media markets in the country, the Bay Area is a prime growth opportunity for WPS as we seek to raise the League’s profile among soccer fans, other potential owners, and sponsors alike,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci, whose League headquarters are based in San Francisco.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Coat Systems, Brian NeSmith leads the company in its mission to provide organizations with total visibility and control of all Web communications. NeSmith has strategically guided Blue Coat Systems, formerly known as CacheFlow, into the number one proxy appliance position worldwide.  Previously, he co-founded and was CEO of Ipsilon Networks, which was purchased by Nokia in 1997.  He and his wife, Nancy – the first female WPS majority owner – have two soccer-playing daughters.

“Nancy and I are eager to unite the Bay Area soccer community through a local WPS team, which will draw fans from across the region who can rally behind some of the world’s greatest athletes right here in Northern California,” said Brian NeSmith.  “We’re especially looking forward to exploring and implementing cutting-edge technology that will connect our brand, players, and fans.  Whether via blogs, photo and video sharing, or innovative in-stadium experiences, WPS and its teams will be ground-breaking in the level of unique brand and player interaction we offer.”

“With the U.S. Women bringing home Olympic gold and more girls playing soccer than ever before, this is the perfect time to raise the level of play in this country through WPS,” said Nancy NeSmith.  “I personally am proud to play a role in giving female athletes from around the globe an opportunity to play professionally and, from an ownership perspective, am looking forward to establishing the cornerstones of our Bay Area franchise at this month’s allocation of the U.S. Women’s National team.”     

“As a resident of the Bay Area myself, I’m eager to welcome Brian and Nancy to WPS,” said Jeff Mallet, WPS investor, San Francisco Giants investor, and former president of Yahoo! “This is a great soccer – and overall sports – market that will continue to thrive with Brian and Nancy’s support. Their commitment to the Bay Area soccer community, along with Brian’s long-time involvement with area businesses, will allow a WPS team in the Bay Area to succeed.”

The Bay Area has a rich soccer history as the WUSA’s CyberRays called the region home from 2001-2003, winning that league’s inaugural championship in 2001.  In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes have played a major role in Major League Soccer, winning two MLS Cup titles, and were also a member of the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1984.  Santa Clara, Cal-Berkeley and Stanford’s renowned collegiate women’s soccer programs are also based in the Bay Area.

Plans for the Bay Area’s WPS nickname, logo, and colors as well as its stadium and coaching and front office staff will be announced at a later date.  Until then, the Bay Area team will participate in the mid-September allocation of the U.S. Women’s National Team, gold medalists in the 2008 Olympic Games.

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid4540.aspx


Title: Re: Pro women's soccer returns to the Bay Area
Post by: shlj on September 09, 2008, 02:17:02 PM
This is really good news for the San Francisco Bay Area, but very disappointing news for fans of women's football here in San Diego.  Now that there are 10 clubs for the first two WPS seasons, I'm not very optimistic about our chances of have a professional women's football club in San Diego again anytime soon.  :(
At least LA is nearby, it's better than going to Frisco  ;)
Title: Re: Pro women's soccer returns to the Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on September 11, 2008, 12:52:27 AM

Women's Professional Soccer plans to announce today that it is adding a Bay Area franchise to the group of charter teams that is to begin play in April.

Thanks for posting this article redrobin

This is really good news for the San Francisco Bay Area, but very disappointing news for fans of women's football here in San Diego.  Now that there are 10 clubs for the first two WPS seasons, I'm not very optimistic about our chances of have a professional women's football club in San Diego again anytime soon.  :(

It must have been a bit of a frustrating summer with both the San Diego teams struggling in the WPSL's Pacific South Division. Especially after the good records of the local teams in the last few years.

There was an interesting blogpost by Jen Stryker on her SoccerUSA site which seems to cast some light on the faltering steps of San Diego's bid for WPS representation.

"There it was, on the official Women's Professional Soccer Web site, a link for those interested in investing in a San Diego franchise for the inaugural 2009 season.

And that defines the state of a San Diego franchise in the reincarnation of the women's pro soccer league, drifting somewhere in cyberspace, still alive but rudderless and uncertain. Literally, up in the air.

As recently as last July, when the WPS owners held meetings in San Diego to coincide with the U.S. women's national team game against Brazil, Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said “it looks like it can get done for 2009.” The link on the WPS site noted that “the group expects to finalize formal entry into WPS in August of 2008.”

Platini Soaf, a well-known local youth coach and the man trying to assemble the money people, had identified two Los Angeles-based investors who were seeking ownership partners in San Diego. Then a local group formed with a reported $1 million of seed money. Things appeared to moving along.

“I was already scouting players, talking to some players from different countries, seeing if San Diego (based) players wanted to play for their hometown team,” said Soaf, who was to be head coach. “We were very close. We thought it was going to happen. Then it just totally shut down.”

Members of the San Diego group have declined comment, and the names of the L.A. investors were never made public. Soaf described the primary issue as how much money the L.A. investors would put up and how much ownership control they'd retain. When the two sides couldn't come to terms, Soaf said, the deal unraveled barely a week before the league's Sept. 1 deadline.

Maybe 2010, maybe later, maybe never. No one currently holds the rights to the San Diego market, and Soaf said the L.A. and San Diego groups are moving forward independently."

At the risk of stirring BillyBoy's wrath, I still have the old fashioned view that a team and club should grow within a community and in the football world rather than be an entity which can emerge and disappear at will or whim.


Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on September 30, 2008, 04:55:01 PM
Bay Area Names Brazilian great Sissi as Assistant Coach
Monday, September 29, 2008
By: WPS

Former FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner, Sissi has been named as an assistance coach for the Bay Area franchise in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup player for Brazil was considered one of the world’s top footballers in her playing days and helped lead the San Jose CyberRays to the first league title in WUSA in 2001. She moved on to coaching in 2004 and since then has lead junior teams to regional titles in Idaho, as well as coaching Las Positas Community College to its first playoff berth in 2006. She joins Albertin Montoya, the Head Coach, on the Bay Area’s coaching staff.

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5384.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 02, 2008, 01:58:24 PM
Barnhart, Buehler to play for Bay Area team in WPS

Olympians among the first named to the latest team formed.
 
Nicole Barnhart left her coaching position at Stanford to pursue a playing career in women's soccer. Luckily she won't be too far away.

Stanford grads and Olympians Barnhart and defender Rachel Buehler will play for the yet-to-be-named Bay Area team in the Women's Professional Soccer league.

Stanford's current volunteer coach, Albertin Montoya, will take the helms of the team. Montoya, a Santa Clara grad, also coaches the Youth MVLA Soccer Club, where Stanford freshmen Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor honed their skills for several years.

"I am so excited to have been placed on the Bay Area team," Buehler said. "I have many friends and supporters in the region and the Bay Area really has become a second home to me. I can't wait to play with Barnie, my former Stanford teammate. I feel like this league will provide a great opportunity for me to learn and improve as a player."

The league will begin its first preseason training camp on March 1, with games tentatively set for the first weekend of April.

"Hopefully this means a lot of fans will come out and watch us play," Barnhart said. "There are a lot of kids in the Bay Area involved with soccer, and hopefully we can be role models for them, and the fact that we grew up playing college ball in the area will draw out a lot more people who want to come out and see us play at the next level."

The Bay Area franchise was awarded two weeks ago, replacing the Dallas entry, which will compete in the league's second season.

"To have the Bay Area get a team at the last minute, and to think I can play for them and for it to happen like this, it's seriously so crazy it worked out like this," Osborne said.

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=9344&team=bayarea
 
 
Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 08, 2008, 12:40:03 PM
Bay Area’s allocated players will defend their turf
by Graham Hays, Womensprosoccer.com

(Sept. 17, 2008) - The only franchise to emerge from the allocation process without at least one veteran of the WUSA, the as yet unnamed Bay Area team doesn't need to defend its decisions. Familiar faces in their own right in Northern California, franchise cornerstones Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler and Leslie Osborne will provide all the defending necessary.

Itself the most recent addition to the lineup for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer, the Bay Area team stuck close to its roots with Stanford alums Barnhart and Buehler and former Santa Clara star Osborne. That was just fine for players who weren't aware they could, indeed, go home again until the announcement earlier this month that Brian and Nancy NeSmith were bringing women's professional soccer back to the area that produced the WUSA's first champions one year after Barnhart, the elder stateswoman of the three current players, finished her freshman season at Stanford.

"To have the Bay Area get a team at the last minute, and to think I can play for them and for it to happen like this, it's seriously so crazy it worked out like this," Osborne said.

Returning to the Bay Area to play in WPS is a dream come true for Leslie Osborne. Earlier this summer, long before news of the Bay Area entry, Barnhart talked about her desire to stay on the West Coast, where the Pennsylvania native had remained after her collegiate career while she pursued a spot with the National Team and served as an assistant coach at her alma mater. But with only the Los Angeles franchise fitting the bill at the time, she admitted it might be a long shot. So it was for Osborne, the Wisconsin native, who, while excited about the prospect of playing professionally anywhere, hadn't found the perfect fit while mulling her allocation preferences prior to the Bay Area entry.

"None of the cities for me felt like home really," Osborne explained. "Chicago, for me, was the most appealing, just because I have lived there, my family is from the Midwest, I have a lot of ties there. But I didn't feel like that would be home for me. So when (Bay Area) popped in, and to know that they have a chance and for it to happen, I can't tell you how happy I am to be back up there. … I feel at home up there."

And now former rivals (Santa Clara leads the all-time series with an 18-7-5 record) hope the spotlight that shone on their battles for bragging rights has some more wattage.

"Hopefully this means a lot of fans will come out and watch us play," Barnhart said. "There are a lot of kids in the Bay Area involved with soccer, and hopefully we can be role models for them, and the fact that we grew up playing college ball in the area will draw out a lot more people who want to come out and see us play at the next level."

What Barnhart, Buehler and Osborne are capable of doing at that next level is as much a part of why they're back in the Bay Area as trips down memory lane. Familiarity is a nice selling point for a brand new team, but it only goes so far. As with any sport, nothing is going to build a fan base and generate interest quite like winning. And in just three moves, the blueprint is evident for how Bay Area hopes to build a winner with elegant soccer built off the backbone of a reliable defense.

Osborne is still battling back from major knee and ankle surgeries –"Let's just say I stepped up my doctor and my therapist's games," she joked of the procedures that kept her off the Olympic roster. But when she's at 100 percent, which she said she expects to be the case for the start of the season, Bay Area will have the kind of strength up the middle that is no less valuable on the soccer field than on the baseball diamond.

Starting from the back, it radiates outward from a ‘keeper who has patiently waited for her next full-time starting opportunity since leaving the field at Stanford as an All-American. The third ‘keeper on the World Cup squad last fall, she moved up to the No. 2 position behind Hope Solo for this summer’s golden Olympic excursion. And as much as she benefited from training in that environment, she's ready to do some field research. 

"It's been a little while since I've been the No. 1 ‘keeper on a team," Barnhart said. "So I'm really excited about the opportunity to take over that role, or earn that role really, and get some games in. That's the big thing that I'm really excited about with this league is playing in an area, training for a couple of months together and getting a lot of games in."

Barnhart flashed some of that potential in matches leading up to the Olympics this year, including the key save in a penalty shootout during the final of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, leaving even her past, current and future defensive teammates eager for more.

"She's one of the best goalies in the country, and although she hasn't gotten to play in a lot of World Cups and Olympics, she's just right there," Osborne said. "So to have her in goal is amazing. And then to have Rachel Buehler be able to lead our back line … she's tough, she's solid. And then for me to kind of float ahead of them, I'm pretty confident that in the back, we're going to be pretty strong and tough. And so hopefully now going forward we can get some good attacking players."

Even with only three players on the roster, half the field already seems to be in good hands for the Bay Area side. That's the kind of boundless optimism one would hope to find from someone like Osborne, who described herself as "heartbroken" when, as a senior at Santa Clara, she watched the San Jose CyberRays close up shop.

Unexpectedly handed their own shot at rebuilding that, it's no surprise all three Bay Area first-time pros are ready to defend it. That's what they're good at.

"I want to make this work, and I want this to be successful," Osborne said. "I take a lot of heart in anything I can do for this league, for little girls, for this game."

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid4956.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 08, 2008, 01:40:36 PM
Brazilian star to join new Bay Area soccer team
by Elliott Almond, Mercury News
24th September 2008

The Bay Area's start-up women's soccer team took three world-class veterans and a promising defender in the international draft.

The team, which is expected to announce its name and where it will play next week, took Brazilian midfielder Formiga with the first pick of the Women's Professional Soccer draft held this week.

The club also took Canadian forward Christine Sinclair, a former college player of the year from Portland, and Japanese forward Eriko Arakawa and Brazilian defender Erika. All recently appeared in the Summer Olympics in China.

Formiga isn't as well known as Brazilian stars Marta and Christine, but she has appeared in four Women's World Cups and four Olympics. "She's one of the best players in the world,'' team owner Nancy NeSmith said.

Erika, a member of Brazil's Olympic team that finished second to the United States, is expected to be part of the country's next generation of star players.

Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer. In 2002 she scored twice against Santa Clara to lead Portland to the NCAA title.

The four players add to the team's recent U.S. national team picks Leslie Osborne, Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart. The league's domestic draft is scheduled next month with a college draft planned in December.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10548138?nclick_check=1&team=bayarea

Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 10, 2008, 02:50:47 PM
First came the America WNT picks, then the international draft for WPS negotiation rights with overseas players. The next pre-announced phase of the WPS team squad was to be the general draft. But before that the new WPS League squeezed in a series of announcements on post-draft discovery players - basically an additional set of negotiation rights for foreign internationals.

The Bay Area choice was Anja Mittag, the young Turbine Potsdam midfielder and striker. Anja starred for the German Under 19s in the early part of the decade and has gone on to feature in their World Cup winning squad in China and the bronze medal Olympic squad this summer.

Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 10, 2008, 03:09:22 PM
The WPS October general draft results are on the main league thread but have been followed by some comment on the choices made by the seven teams.

Comment on the Bay Area choice was as follows:-

Picks: Jill Oakes, Kandace Wilson, Liz Bogus, Tracy Hamm

Bay Area loaded up on defensive stalwarts in the allocation process, landing Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler and Leslie Osborne. Then they added the potential for a dynamic attack with the rights to internationals Christine Sinclair, Formiga, Eriko Arakawa and Anja Mittag. So it's not too surprising that Monday's draft class was heavy on potential role players to fill in the missing pieces.

At the top of the class, Oakes is worthy of her place as the first defender off the board on the day. The former UCLA star most recently helped anchor the back line for the W-League champion Pali Blues (alongside fellow first-rounder Amy LePeilbet and second-rounder Kendall Fletcher). Steady and polished, it's easy to see her developing a productive symbiotic partnership with the physical and aggressive Buehler.

Bay Area went back to the Blues in the next two rounds, adding versatile talents Kandace Wilson, a potential goal-scoring presence, and Liz Bogus, a player capable of playing just about anywhere in front of Osborne and the back line. Neither was a particularly eye-popping choice – Wilson was sandwiched between Christie Welsh and India Trotter, while Bogus was selected immediately after Angie Woznuk and before Lori Lindsey – but they seem to fit exactly the mold Bay Area is forging of well-rounded technicians.

Former Cal standout Hamm, who earned first-team honors in the WPSL's Pacific Conference this summer, rounded out Bay Area’s picks.

Title: Re: Bay Area
Post by: redrobin on October 21, 2008, 02:13:13 AM
Bay Area adding depth
Monday, October 20, 2008
by Kent McDill, womensprosoccer.com

(Oct. 20, 2008) -- When Albertin Montoya attended the W-League Combine in early September, he saw something he has rarely seen in his many years of coaching.

In a scrimmage, Kandace Wilson, a defender (and former track star) out of California State University, Fullerton who spent this past summer playing for the Pali Blues, corralled the ball at her team's 18-yard line. What Wilson did next made Montoya take notice.

"She went from her 18-yard box to the other, and no one came close to her,” said Montoya, coach of the Bay Area’s Women's Professional Soccer team. "That run, from the 18 to the 18, she was running by players, like they were cones out there."

So, despite the fact Wilson missed the next couple of combine scrimmages because of an injury, Montoya selected her among the four choices he had in the WPS General Draft on Oct. 6.

Montoya also selected Wilson's Pali Blues teammate Jill Oakes, a center back out of UCLA; Liz Bogus, a forward from Arizona State who also played for Pali Blues; and defensive midfielder Tracy Hamm, a University of California, Berkeley product who played for the WPSL’s California Storm this past summer.

Like all the other WPS teams, Montoya now has a roster of about a dozen players, including the players received in the National Team allocation and selected in the International Draft.

All of the players chosen by Montoya in the General Draft have California connections (Pali Blues play out of Santa Monica). The players’ local ties were a factor in his decision-making process.

"I wanted players that are excited to be with us,” Montoya said. “If you have players with families all across the country, it can make it difficult to find a happy place.”

Oakes, 24, was capped by the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2005 Algarve Cup, an annual tournament held in Portugal.

"In my opinion, she as the best soccer player I saw at the combine,” Montoya said. "She had a little bit of everything: pace, she was very technical, good size, great in the air, excellent awareness, ball distribution, right foot, left foot."

Montoya said he planned to play Oakes at central midfield to take advantage of her skills.

Wilson, who turns 24 on Oct. 24, was a member of the California State University, Fullerton 4X400 relay team that qualified for the NCAA regionals and set a school record.

"I've seen her play several times, but she was playing forward,” Montoya said. "Our coaching staff saw her at the combine and thought she was spectacular at outside back. We are looking forward to working with her. She has so much potential. She is one of the best athletes I've seen in years playing this game, if we can get her to understand our system."

Wilson ended her college career in the spring of 2007, coached her niece's U-11 team in the fall of 2007 and joined Pali Blues at the beginning of this year where she found herself lining up with Oakes and Bogus.

Wilson said she remembers the day she heard a new women's pro league was being formed.

"I was extremely excited,” Wilson said. "When I first heard about it, details were kind of iffy. But I kind of waited for more information. Now, it feels more certain. I'm so excited, it makes me speechless at times."

To Wilson, the way the teams are being formed through a number of drafts compares to her friends and former teammates being selected to form the basis of one huge tournament.

"Everybody knows everyone,” Wilson said. "We had seven or eight Pali Blues girls go to the league. That is really exciting. It will be kind of awkward playing against each other, but it will be nice seeing everyone again."

Montoya wanted to build his team from the back forward and out, so with the depth he has established, he is ready to look for strikers in the upcoming January draft. Now he’s back on the scouting trail seeking out the next player whose extraordinary skills bowl him over.

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5856.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on January 16, 2009, 07:06:26 PM
The Bay Area team, which has adopted the name of FC Gold Pride for their WPS campaign, had third pick in the player draft today and went for Christina DiMartino

FC Gold Pride Selects Christina DiMartino In The First Round of the WPS Draft
Friday, January 16, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

ST. LOUIS, MO- January 16, 2009- FC Gold Pride selected midfielder, Christina DiMartino as its first round draft pick, third overall, in today's WPS Draft.  The draft is being held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. 

"Christina is the best attacking midfielder in the country by far," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya.  "She can create, she can finish and she possesses skills you just can't teach.  Her vision of the game is impeccable.  We wish her the best in camp with the National team and look forward to her arrival in the Bay Area."

The Long Island native recently capped her career with UCLA after helping the Bruins continue their reign as one of the longstanding powerhouses of collegiate soccer.  During her tenure she was part of four Pac-10 conference championship teams and also helped the Bruins to four appearances at the NCAA College Cup during her tenure. 

"I'm honored to be picked in the first round," said DiMartino of being selected first by FC Gold Pride. "I'm excited to head to the Bay Area I heard it's great.  I met Albertin at the combine he seemed like a great guy and an awesome coach.  I'm excited to be a part of the Bay Area team. "   

The 22 year-old midfielder has been recognized throughout her young career as one of the top players in women's soccer.  Most recently, she was named the Pac-10 conference Player of the Year, MAC Herman Trophy finalist for a second consecutive year and a first-team All American for her outstanding performance in 2008.

A long-time member of the US Soccer Youth National teams, DiMartino has been called into training with the US Women's Senior National Team in preparation for the Algarve Cup, which will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.  The 22 year old has one cap under her belt and joins fellow Pride teammates, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and defender Rachel Buehler on the national team training roster.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid7706.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on January 17, 2009, 11:39:58 PM
Brandi Chastain joins Women's Professional Soccer as a Member of FC Gold Pride
Friday, January 16, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

ST. LOUIS, MO - FC Gold Pride selected soccer icon, Brandi Chastain in the seventh round, 45th overall, of the WPS Draft. The draft is being held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. 

"We couldn't be happier that she was available to us in the seventh round," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "She is invaluable to this league. Her experience, passion for the game and leadership is among the best in the world. She will definitely help our young players grow as athletes and professionals. Having her is truly priceless and I'm really looking forward to working with Brandi again. All of FC Gold Pride is excited about having her join the team."

Chastain has served as a trailblazer for women's soccer as part of the golden decade of the US Women's National team during the 90's, one of the most dominant teams the sport has seen to date. She was a member for the 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup Championship teams as well as the Olympic teams that brought home gold in 1996 and 2004 and silver in 2000. 

The Bay Area native is best known for elevating the profile of women's soccer with her game winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup that defeated China and ignited an explosive soccer following and increased participation in the sport.   

Chastain's collegiate career brought her to the fields at Santa Clara University where she twice lead the Broncos to NCAA Final Four championship appearances.  By the time she left Santa Clara, Chastain was beginning to establish herself with the US senior National team. 

Chastain has made the most of her time away from the competitive circuit becoming a published author of  a book titled "It's Not about the Bra," serving as a soccer analyst on ABC/ESPN and NBC Sports coverage of MLS and Olympic soccer competition and remaining active on the field, playing for the California Storm of the WPSL.

Chastain currently resides in San Jose, CA with her husband Jerry Smith and their son Jayden.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid7718.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on January 22, 2009, 01:36:07 PM
Local report on Tiffany Weimer, star player for WPSL side Soccerplus Connecticut, as she joins the Gold Pride ranks.

Weimer went around the world and back again
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
by Dave Solomon, New Haven (Connecticut) Register

Soccer has taken Tiffany Weimer around the world, to exotic places where a talented women’s player could make a nice living.

But like so many other talented young American women soccer players, Weimer wondered, why not here?

In the last six months alone, Weimer, the former North Haven soccer standout, has lived in Finland (for two months) and Brazil (for a month), "because there’s nothing for people my age (25) in terms of being able to play soccer here during those months," she said. "It’s either do what I did two years ago, coach (as an assistant at Fairfield University), or train with other teams, which is never fun because you’re just a practice player. I wanted to go somewhere where I could play games and be part of a team."

Weimer’s dream to play professionally in the United States will turn to reality in the spring as a member of the FC Gold Pride, based in Santa Clara — one of seven franchises in the new Women’s Professional Soccer league. Weimer was the team’s third-round pick Friday.

"I was ecstatic," Weimer said. "They started talking about this league last year, and that’s exactly what I wanted to do ... play in this league. There are opportunities to play all over the world, but to actually play here is like a dream come true."

Weimer was hoping to play in the WUSA when she graduated from Penn State, but that plan was dashed when the league folded in 2003 during her sophomore season in Happy Valley.

"I feel like this is a good time for women’s soccer," said Weimer, now living in West Haven. "We just won in the Olympics and I know I want to be in this group of women who are role models for kids like I had growing up ... soccer players like Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly."

One of Weimer’s new teammates will be Brandi Chastain, the former U.S. Olympic and World Cup standout who became a nationally recognized sports figure — by showing just that — in the world famous 1999 sports bra celebration.

Moreover, Brazilian soccer superstar Marta, the female David Beckham, will be joining the Los Angeles franchise to boost the league’s profile.

Weimer said she had no idea that the Gold Pride had targeted her on their draft board, but it just so happens that one of the assistant coaches on the team, Sisleide "Sissi" Lima Do Amor, a native of Brazil, was one of Weimer’s role models growing up. Weimer would watch — study might be closer to the truth — videos of international soccer superstars, like Pele and Sissi, over and again to learn and incorporate some of the skills in her own game.

Weimer didn’t become "magic with the ball," — as a U.S. soccer official once called her — without some serious study and practice growing up.

Gold Pride coach Albertin Montoya laughed when told that Weimer would often try to duplicate "Sissi’s" flamboyant skills as a kid growing up in North Haven. "You know what? Sissi, still to this day, does amazing things with the ball," Montoya said. "At 40 years old, Sissi can still perform magic out there. And I think Tiffany is definitely going to learn from her. We’re going to have an exciting team ... definitely entertaining, that’s for sure. Tiffany is going to be loving playing for us in the Bay area."

Montoya has seen Weimer play before in person and on tape, but said he was really "blown away" with her skills during the recent East Coast Combine about a month ago. In fact, Montoya thought she might even go in the first round. When she was still available in the third, "we just jumped right at it. We didn’t even have to think about it. Even though we maybe were looking for a back, it was just ‘no way.’ She was the best player out there.

"She is a player that can take players on and make things happen out of nothing," Montoya said. "She is extremely creative and possesses skills that we don’t often see in the American player. She can beat you on the dribble. She can beat you by combining with someone else, and most importantly, she has proven herself, time and time again, to be an incredible goal scorer. She did pretty much anything she wanted to do with the ball (at the East Coast Combine)."

Weimer set a Big Ten record with 91 goals during his career at Penn State and holds the NCAA record for most goals in consecutive games (17).

One can only presume that all of those tapes that Weimer watched with religious fervor growing up paid handsome dividends.

"That’s what I enjoy doing most, being creative with the ball," Weimer said. "When you have the ball, it’s just like basketball or hockey ... you can do whatever you want with it. It’s your open forum to be creative. That’s one of the coolest parts about soccer."

Now she’s hoping to bring her own brand of soccer cool to a new forum, the WPS — and show a generation of young women’s soccer players that they can aspire to play professionally right at home, too.

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/01/21/sports/doc49771296f3427820562599.txt
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on January 23, 2009, 01:00:32 PM
Chastain brings experience, passion to FC Gold Pride
Thursday, January 22, 2009
by Kathryn Knapp, Womensprosoccer.com

ST. LOUIS – Say the name “Brandi Chastain” and one image comes to mind: the 5’7” defender ripping off her jersey exposing her sports bra and falling to her knees with her fists clenched as she celebrated netting the decisive penalty kick in the USA’s victory at the Rose Bowl in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Brandi Chastain was drafted 45th overall by FC Gold Pride. Ten years later, Chastain is preparing to make new memories for both herself and fans alike as a member of FC Gold Pride, the Bay Area’s entry in Women’s Professional Soccer.  FC Gold Pride selected Chastain with the No. 45 pick overall in last Friday’s 2009 WPS Draft.

“There are so many emotions that have gone through my head over the last few months,” Chastain said. “[The day of the draft] I got up early. I was just waiting for the draft. Having an opportunity to do what you love is something everybody dreams about. I am thrilled beyond belief and I can hardly wait.”
 
FC Gold Pride head coach Albertin Montoya was thrilled to draft Chastain.
 
“I’ve seen her play several times,” Montoya said. “After watching her train and play… she can still do it. The experience she has is going to be great for our team.”

A member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1991-2004, Chastain’s resume includes two FIFA World Cup titles and a pair of Olympic gold medals.  She also won the 2001 WUSA title with the Bay Area CyberRays.  Since moving on from the National Team, the 40-year-old Chastain has played with the WPSL’s Sacramento Storm.  At nearly twice the age of many of her Storm teammates, Chastain concentrates on sharing her experiences with her fellow players.
 
“I’m like a coach on the field,” Chastain said. “I love all that goes into making a player, making a team. I think at some point coaching will definitely be in my future. But for now, I feel I still have a lot of room to grow as a player.”
 
Towards that end, Chastain continues to hone her game.
 
“There’s nothing I love more than training and working hard,” Chastain said. “I’ve always had this excitement about being prepared and being the best. I have no doubt that I’ll be a better player when the season comes around. I’m not as fast as I was at 21… but I’m smarter than I was at 21. If my heart and my desire and what I still think are goals have any factor in it… I’ve got some years left.”
 
Midfielder Christina DiMartino, FC Gold Pride’s top pick at No. 3 overall, respects all that Chastain brings to the field.
 
“I always admired Brandi and looked up to her,” said DiMartino, a 22-year-old UCLA product. “She’s a wonderful player and hard worker. To be able to be on the field with her and learn from her is something any soccer player would love. I’m thrilled to have that opportunity.”
 
In addition to Chastain, FC Gold Pride selected nine other players in the 2009 WPS Draft, including quite a few steals in the draft.
 
The aforementioned DiMartino, a 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Finalist, joins the club after leading the UCLA Bruins to four consecutive NCAA College Cups.  In round two with the No. 12 selection, FC Gold Pride selected Notre Dame defender Carrie Dew, a two-time Big East Defender of the Year and 2008 first-team NSCAA All-American.

No. 17 pick forward Tiffany Weimer played at Penn State from 2002-2005 and twice finished as the runner-up for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Since leaving Happy Valley, she’s played with the W-League’s Washington Freedom, the WPSL’s Soccer Plus CT, Finland’s Aland United and Brazil’s Santos FC.
 
“We picked three first rounders with our first picks,” Montoya said. “Christina is one of the best attacking players in the game. Dew is solid all around. And Tiffany brings that X factor.”
 
The club added defender Marisa Abegg (No. 26), midfielder/forward Ameera Abdullah (No. 31), midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson (No. 40), goalkeeper Allison Whitworth (No. 54), forward/midfielder Alissa Oldenkamp (No. 59) and forward Stacie Alberico (No. 68) to its roster to close out the day.

With a talented group of players eyeing spots on FC Gold Pride’s roster, Montoya expects the intensity to be high during pre-season.
 
“Regardless of whether you’re the first draft pick or the last draft pick, you still have to compete,” Montoya said. “I think Brandi may be the best competitor in the league.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8146.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 04, 2009, 12:38:02 PM
FC Gold Pride Signs Brazilian Soccer Star Formiga
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

SANTA CLARA, California - FC Gold Pride, the Bay Area franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer announced today the signing of Brazilian Soccer standout Formiga, to a one-year contract.  FC Gold Pride selected Formiga as the first overall draft pick at the WPS International Draft. 

"With Formiga, we have signed the best midfielder in the world," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "She holds teams together.  I spoke to several coaches from around the world before selecting her in the WPS international draft.  She is consistently regarded around the world as the engine of her team.  She embodies the heart and soul of the Brazilian National team and we are looking forward to having her bring her talent and passion to FC Gold Pride."

The 30 year old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil has been a constant presence on the Brazilian national team for 15 years, representing her country in four World Cup competitions (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007) and four Olympic tournaments (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). The talented midfielder has been a leader and a catalyst for the marked rise of women’s soccer in Brazil.  She has twice helped Brazil reach the Olympic gold medal match (2004, 2008) and twice captured the Pan American Games Championship (2003, 2007), lifting her team to victory in 2003 by scoring the game-winning goal in the match. 

Formiga, who currently resides in Brazil, will join her FC Gold Pride teammates in the Bay Area when the team opens training camp on March 1.

Fans won’t want to miss a minute of the action as the Pride kicks off the inaugural WPS season at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University on Sunday, April 5.  The Pride will host 10 home games at Buck Shaw Stadium against the inaugural field of teams that includes: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Los Angeles Sol, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), St. Louis Athletica and Washington Freedom . 

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8486.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 16, 2009, 03:27:14 PM
Arakawa to join U.S. soccer league

Japan striker Eriko Arakawa will join FC Gold Pride, the San Francisco Bay Area franchise of the U.S.-based Women's Professional Soccer league, NTV Beleza said Friday.

The 29-year-old Arakawa, known for her Afro-style hair, joins national squad teammates Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama in the league, which is set to commence this spring.

Sawa will play for the Washington Freedom, and Miyama will suit up for the Los Angeles Sol.

The Bay Area team picked Arakawa in the third round of the WPS international draft last September, a month after she helped Japan to a fourth-place finish at the Beijing Olympics — the country's best result in Olympic women's soccer history.

"Playing overseas has been one of my dreams. I decided to seize this opportunity," Arakawa said.

Arakawa has scored 20 goals in 68 matches for Japan.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sc20090214a2.html

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 20, 2009, 11:40:24 PM
FC Gold Pride Extends Invitations to 10 Players for Training Camp
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

SANTA CLARA, California - FC Gold Pride, Bay Area franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) has extended invitations to 10 players to join the Pride’s pre-season training camp, which opens on March 1.

FC Gold Pride saw a large turnout for its open tryouts held this past weekend in Cupertino, CA. Hopefuls from across the country traveled to the Bay Area in pursuit of the ultimate dream, becoming a WPS player. At the completion of the two-day tryout, FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya and his staff opted to extend invitations for training camp to ten players who are not currently on the Pride roster. Eight of the ten players invited to training camp were selected from the team tryout. Among those receiving an invitation is one of US Soccer’s greatest goal scorers, Tiffeny Milbrett.

From the WPS Allocation, WPS International Draft, WPS General Draft and WPS Draft, FC Gold Pride currently holds the rights to 23 players. WPS teams are allowed to call 28 players into training camp. The absence of four Pride players from the start of training camp will allow Montoya to bring in additional prospective players for pre-season training. Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, defender Rachel Buehler and midfielder Tina DiMartino will be in Portugal with the US Women’s National Team as they aim to capture the country’s fifth consecutive Algarve Cup championship. Striker, Christine Sinclair will lead her native country to Rome, where Canada will defend its title at the Cyprus Cup. All players are expected to return to camp by March 14.

Montoya and the FC Gold Pride coaching staff are now tasked with the difficult job of whittling down the roster from 28 to 18 before the start of the Inaugural WPS Season.

Players invited to FC Gold Pride Pre-Season Training Camp:

Kristen Graczyk (SoccerPlus Connecticut)
Katie Hultin (Seattle Sounders)
Lindsay Massengale (California Storm)
Dulce Meza (Monterey Blues)
Meagan McCray (Sonoma Sol)
Tiffeny Milbrett (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Elizabeth Remy 
Joslyn Slovek
Leah Tapscott 
Kimberly Yokers (California Storm)
 
http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8976.aspx
FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. 

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on February 21, 2009, 07:12:00 AM
Tiff Milbrett!!! Well, there's a blast from the past!! I remember her goal against Norway in the Olympic final in Sydney. It tied the game, and she looked like a force of nature when she scored.
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 23, 2009, 12:47:44 PM
Three More Players Sign with FC Gold Pride
Friday, February 13, 2009
by FC Gold Pride
Santa Clara, California

FC Gold Pride, Bay Area Franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today, the signing of Japanese footballer Eriko Arakawa, Brazilian midfielder Adriane and Bay Area native Tracy Hamm.
 
Arakawa, an established star on the Japanese national team, has been playing for her country’s senior women’s national team since 2000, making her debut in the Pan Pacific Games on June 10 against Canada. Since then, she has appeared in two World Cups (2003, 2007) and two Olympic Games for Japan and has helped lead the rise of Japan’s women’s soccer in recent years, leading her country to a semi-final appearance in the 2008 Beijing Games. The star forward also plays for NTV Belza of the L-League in Japan. Arakawa was selected by FC Gold Pride as the first pick in the third round of the WPS International Draft.

“We have added one of the most creative attacking forwards in the world in Eriko,” said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. “She has proven herself time and time again in on the international stage and in Japan’s highly competitive L- League. What makes her dangerous is her pace, she can beat just about anyone on the dribble, she possesses superior technical skills and she’s a lethal finisher.”

“I think our forwards will complement each other very well. We have a combination of strength, power, speed and creativity that is not seen very often in the game,” added Montoya.

Brazilian, Adriane joins her fellow national teammate Formiga, officially signing with FC Gold Pride. Adriane, the youngest player on the Pride Roster at 21 years of age, has twice represented her country in the U20 Women’s World Cup, most recently helping her team to the quarter-finals in Chile. WPS-playing rights for the young midfielder were obtained by FC Gold Pride who named her as a post-draft discovery player.

Bay Area native Tracy Hamm was selected by FC Gold Pride in the sixth pick in the fourth round (27th overall) in the WPS General Draft. The Moraga resident attended Cal (2003-2006) where she was a four-year letter winner, as part of the back line for the Golden Bears. Hamm earned the honor of Cal’s Freshman of the Year in 2003 as the team’s leading goal scorer. Most recently, Hamm played for the California Storm of the WPSL in 2008.

Arakawa, Adriane and Hamm will all be present when training camp opens on March 1.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9002.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 27, 2009, 01:33:23 PM
FC Gold Pride Reaches Terms with U.S. Soccer Stars Nicole Barnhart and Leslie Osborne

Thursday, February 26, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

Santa Clara, California – FC Gold Pride continues to solidify its roster, adding two U.S. National Team players today with the announcement that Nicole Barnhart and Leslie Osborne have agreed to terms.

Both players have international playing experience with the U.S. Women’s National Team and played at the collegiate level in the Bay Area, Barnhart at Stanford and Osborne at Santa Clara.

Barnhart was a standout goalkeeper at Stanford University from 2000 through 2004, where she set the school’s career low goals against average (GAA) allowing only 0.41 per game during her tenure with the Cardinal. The Gilbertsville, PA native was an All Pac-10 selection in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and M.A.C. Hermann trophy finalist her senior year. She earned her first cap with the Senior National Team in 2004 and has made appearances with the team in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Barnhart was a member of the Olympic Gold Medal winning team at the Beijing Games along with FC Gold Pride teammate, Rachel Buehler.

Osborne is also a member of the U.S. National team. The Brookfield, WI native earned her first cap in 2004 and in recent years has established herself as a fixture in the midfield and now has 57 caps and two goals. She was forced to sit out of the 2008 Olympic tournament while recovering from a torn ACL. While at Santa Clara, Osborne was named to the All West Coast Conference (WCC) First-Team all four years. She finished her career with the Broncos with 34 goals and 44 assists. As a senior, she was the winner of the NCAA’s prestigious Honda Award as the nation’s top female athlete in her sport as well as a M.A. C. Hermann Trophy award semi-finalist. She was also named the WCC Defender of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to be selected as both the Player of the Year (which she accomplished in 2003) and Defender of the Year.

FC Gold Pride will open training camp on Monday, March 2 at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA with 28 players on the roster. The preseason schedule includes five exhibition matches against Cal, California Storm and WPS intrastate rival Los Angeles Sol.

Get ready for Opening Day!  FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9464.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on February 27, 2009, 01:46:50 PM
FC Gold Pride Signs Canada's All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Christine Sinclair and Brazil's Erika

Thursday, February 26, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

Santa Clara, California - FC Gold Pride, Bay Area franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today, the signing of Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) women’s all-time leading goal scorer, Christine Sinclair and Brazil’s young talent, Erika.

Sinclair is recognized as an international goal scoring threat. She was selected by FC Gold Pride with the first pick in the second round (eighth overall) of the WPS Initial International Draft. The imposing five-foot nine-inch forward has scored more goals than any other female footballer that has donned Canada’s uniform, with 95 career goals. She earned her first cap with the women’s senior national team in 2000, at the age of 16. Since then, she has risen to the highest ranks of women’s soccer, being honored by the CSA as its female Player of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was also recognized by FIFA as a finalist for the World Player of the Year for 2008, after leading her team to a quarter final appearance in the Beijing Games, the highest Canada’s women have finished in Olympic Soccer competition to date.

The Canadian striker brought her talent state-side for college, playing soccer for the University of Portland from 2001 through 2005, while earning a degree in Life Sciences. She captured the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy in 2004 and 2005, becoming only the third player in history to win in back-to-back years while also setting the NCAA Division 1 record for goals in a season with 39 in 2005.

Sinclair will captain her team in the upcoming Cyprus Cup tournament, March 5-12, as Canada attempts to defend its 2008 title, before joining the FC Gold Pride’s preseason camp on March 14.

FC Gold Pride also welcomes Brazilian footballer, Erika. At 21 years of age, she becomes the Pride’s youngest player on the roster. The strong and speedy midfielder brings with her years of international experience playing for Brazil’s youth national team in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. She has also starred on the senior team, helping Brazil capture the silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Football tournament. Erika was selected by FC Gold Pride with the first pick of the fourth round (22nd overall) of the WPS Initial International Draft.

With these two signings, FC Gold Pride has now filled all five of its allotted international player roster spots, including Adriane (Brazil), Eriko Arakawa (Japan) and Formiga (Brazil) who have all previously signed with the Pride.'

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9460.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 01, 2009, 12:52:01 AM
FC Gold Pride Selects Strength and Smarts in Dew
by Hillary Read, womensprosoccer.com

Carrie Dew is one busy college senior, so maybe she can be forgiven for banking some sleep when she can.

“I tried to sleep through as much of it as I could, but my parents were calling, calling, calling, so I figured something must have happened,” the Encinitas, Calif., native said of learning FC Gold Pride had selected her as the 12th pick in the 2009 WPS Draft on Jan. 16.

Dew, a marketing major at 2008 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame and the two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, was touted as a potential first-round selection, so FC Gold Pride had their eyes wide open when she was still on the board in the second round.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. “We knew a lot of teams had considered taking her in the first round. When she was still there, we swept her up right away.”

Thus began a winter whirlwind for Dew, who, like her Notre Dame teammates Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol, 5th pick overall), Kerri Hanks (Saint Louis Athletica, 6th), and Elise Weber (Saint Louis Athletica, 21st), will squeeze in training, preseason, and a full academic course load to graduate this May.

“It’s kind of cram time right now,” Dew said, “but it’ll all be worth it.”

While she has yet to don FC Gold Pride’s black and gold, Dew, who was at the 1999 World Cup final to see new teammate Brandi Chastain net the iconic clinching PK, already likes the fit.

“I didn’t even know they were considering me, so it was really exciting,” she said. “So many of the girls on the team, I’ve had the opportunity to play with at some level. And Brandi’s been an idol to an entire generation of soccer players. It’ll be amazing to be on the same team with her.”

Montoya has high hopes for his team’s new 5-foot-9 stalwart, who he envisions as an anchor in the midfield or at center back. A U.S. National Team veteran (U-16, U-17, U-20, U-23), Dew has distinguished herself at every level – including the WPS Combine -  with her combination of strength and smarts. 

“She made some amazing tackles at the combine; she came in there and just really took it to a few of the players,” Montoya said. “Yes, she has the physical presence, and she’s strong in the air and tackles and is a very good athlete, but what separates her from many players is that she’s very intelligent and very tactical. She’s always reading the game, anticipating things.”

As part of the Notre Dame contingent, which will continue to train at school until WPS teams begin preseason, Dew already has a wealth of knowledge about some of her foes.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to train against them before, but it’ll be weird being on opposite ends of the field,” she said. “All the coaches and players have been really happy for us; it really shows how much Notre Dame has helped us get to this level. I think it’ll be a great level across the entire league, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid8906.aspx
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 04, 2009, 12:45:46 PM
Milbrett hopes to join Chastain with FC Gold Pride

by Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury
2nd March 2009

Yogi Berra would have appreciated the moment.

Tiffeny Milbrett, one of the most prolific scorers in U.S. soccer history, offered words of encouragement to fellow players waiting to run in the rain Monday morning.

"You guys, too," shot back Brandi Chastain.

As the baseball Yogi once said, "It's like déjà vu, all over again."

At least it seemed that way as FC Gold Pride, the Bay Area's new professional soccer team, opened training camp at De Anza College this week with two of the game's legends among 24 trying to win a job.

Only 10 of them will make the roster when the Gold Pride opens the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season April 5 at Buck Shaw Stadium. (At least six others expected to lead the squad currently are playing internationally.)

The club drafted Chastain, 40, whereas Milbrett, 36, had to try out just to get invited to camp. She has two weeks to show she still has the deft touch that led to her scoring 100 goals with the U.S. team.

Which raises the question, why wasn't Milbrett one of the 70 picked in January's general draft?

Her coach the past three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps wondered, too.

"I don't understand," Bob Birarda said Monday. "There's no question she's a player who offers a lot on the field but also has some kind of appeal off it."

Although not with the U.S. team since 2006, the 5-foot-2 striker has continued playing in Sweden and Canada. Yet few seemed interested in giving her a look. Milbrett queried WPS teams in the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis after being bypassed in the draft.

St. Louis officials didn't respond to the woman who led the United States to the 1999 World Cup title. Chicago declined, and Los Angeles sounded tepid. But the Gold Pride sent an invitation.

"I never said I should be drafted because I'm Tiffeny Milbrett," she said. "I felt I should have been drafted because I'm still a player."

Her last coach agrees. "It's hard to imagine she can't find a place in the league," Birarda said.

The Gold Pride is starting to see what he means.

"The coaching staff wasn't sure if she was still going to have that quick step," Coach Albertin Montoya said. "She's still got that burst. She just has to keep proving herself."

During the first practice, Chastain and Milbrett scored the only three goals in a scrimmage.

"We're like, 'Look at the old ladies scoring some goals,' " said Chastain, the San Jose native who played 12 years with the U.S. team.

"I'm proud of what I am showing," Milbrett said.

Added Chastain: "I think she looks fitter and healthier. I can see it in her face, in her body; I can just sense it in her attitude."

National team player Leslie Osborne also is impressed with her teammate.

With the speedy striker scooting around the field as younger women struggled to keep up, Osborne said: "The girl plays like that every time I see her."

Not getting drafted stunned Milbrett, but she concluded she had no one to blame but herself.

"I didn't let people know I was interested," said the native of Portland, Ore., who has three medals from the World Cup and two from the Olympics.

Milbrett seemingly disappeared when leaving the national team in 2006 after 14 years. At the time the striker felt lost. "I was just burned out," she recalled. "There was no creativity; there was no thinking, no ability to try something."

She began hearing "my own thoughts again" when playing in Sweden in 2006. "All of a sudden things were coming back naturally."

Chastain sees the change in her former U.S. teammate.

"I see Millie being a lot freer, more herself, and that's a lot of fun, being a fan of the game," she said.

With players as young as 22 also trying for a spot with the Gold Pride, Milbrett knows she has to overcome ageism with each moment on the field. Chastain feels it, too.

But they refuse to let doubters deter them.

"Prognosticate all you want," Chastain said of second-guessers.

"We're just going to play soccer."

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_11823121?nclick_check=1

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: Bonnie Lass on March 05, 2009, 01:24:11 AM
Oh, wow. If those two get back together again ... It would please me to no end to see them score on defenses 1/2 their age. :D
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 08, 2009, 01:45:45 AM
Brandi Is Back
6th March 2009
by Gayle Bryan, Fair Game
 
Brandi Chastain has dusted off her cleats and is back on the pitch for preseason training with FG Gold Pride, the Bay area’s WPS franchise.

At age 40 and with two Olympic gold medals, a World Cup Championship, and a WUS Founder’s Cup title under her belt, Chastain has nothing left to prove but perhaps has plenty left to give. She has survived a week of two-a-days and took time to check in with the Fair Game blog before Friday’s training.

How does it feel to be back on the pitch?

It has been awesome and sore and exciting and hard work all rolled into one. It has been a great first week.

How are you hanging with the young pups?

Overall, they are fast and strong. I think in terms of soccer, I’m doing all right and holding my own. I am happy where I am right now.

What do you feel like you bring to the team?

Besides the obvious, experience and knowledge of the game, enthusiasm and excitement for the opportunity. I think I’m good for team chemistry. I hope I am an example of how to be a professional, both on and off the field. Mostly, I just want to be like everyone else and do everything I can to contribute to winning a championship.

How do you respond to critics who might say “she’s too old, she’s had her time, she should let the younger players have their time”?

That’s their opinion and I have no problem with it. I’ve talked with a lot of people about this and age is someone else’s issue, it’s not mine. I love playing soccer, challenging myself to see if I can get better everyday. Ultimately, the coaches will decide who should be on the field and my teammates will decide if I’m good to have around. I might not be the player that goes 90; I may be encouraging my team on and playing 15 or 25 minutes.

Realistically, how long do you think you can go?

The great thing is that I have no expectations about that at all. Not all the players are in camp yet. We don’t have the national team players or the internationals yet so it is hard to get a true feel for where things stand. For me, it doesn’t matter if it is five minutes or 90 or 110, as long as they are quality minutes.

At the same time, I am a competitive player who wants to play all the time, but I want what’s best for the time. Through the course of the season, it will take all 18 players to win a championship.

What young player has impressed you this week during your first week of camp?

There have been quite a few. Two backs jump out, Leigh Ann Robinson and Carrie Dew. They are athletic, good in the air, and good with their feet. Both will be solid backs for this team. Up top, Liz Bogus has great quickness and skill.

And, there is another young lady by the name of Tiffeny Milbrett who has really stood out. You know, we’ve played two 11 x 11 games this week and of the six goals scored by both teams, we’ve scored five of them. She has tremendous upside.

I’m glad I’m not the coach that has to decide who makes the team. There are a lot of quality players.

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Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 11, 2009, 11:44:36 PM
FC Gold Pride takes on Cal Tonight in the first of five exhibition games
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Extract from FC Gold Pride report

FC Gold Pride will play the first of five exhibition matches tonight at the Mustang Soccer Complex in Danville. The Pride will face off with the Golden Bears of Cal at 7:15 p.m.

FC GOLD PRIDE PRESEASON ROSTER
as of March 11, 2009
 
Ameera Abdulah - F/M   
Marissa Abegg - D   
Stacie Alberico - F/M - California Storm
Eriko Arakawa - F - NTV Beleza
Liz Bogus - F - Pali Blues
Brandi Chastain - F/M - California Storm
Carrie Dew - D - Pali Blues
Kristen Graczyk - F/M - Soccerplus Connecticut
Tracy Hamm - D - California Storm
Lindsay Massengale - D/M - California Storm
Pricilla Meza - M/F - Monterey Blues
Tiffeny Milbrett - F - Vancouver Whitecaps
Jill Oakes - M - Pali Blues
Alissa Oldenkamp - F/M   
Leslie Osborne - M   
Elizabeth Remy - M/F   
Leigh Ann Robinson - M   
Joslyn Slovek - G - Ventura County Fusion
Leah Tapscott - M/D   
Tiffany Weimer - F - Connecticut Reds
Allison Whitworth - G - Atlanta Silverbacks
Kandace Wilson - F - Pali Blues
Kimberly Yokers - M - California Storm

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 19, 2009, 10:48:39 AM
FC Gold Pride Announces 24-Player Roster
Monday, March 16, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

FC Gold Pride released four players to reduce its preseason roster from 28 players to 24. Training camp invitees Pricilla Meza, Elizabeth Remy, Joslyn Slovek and ninth-round draft pick Alyssa Oldenkamp were released by the Pride last week, in compliance with WPS roster procedures.

The current roster features one of Japan’s top goal scorers, Eriko Arakawa as well as US Soccer star Tiffeny Milbrett and soccer icon Brandi Chastain. US National Team members Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler joined training camp on Friday after helping the United States to an appearance in the championship match of the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal last week.

The team is in the middle of a four-day road trip to Los Angeles which includes two exhibition matches against the Los Angele Sol. The Pride will take on the Sol in the second of two scheduled exhibition matches on Tuesday morning, March 17, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Following the closed door scrimmage, the team will return to the Bay Area to continue preparations for the season opener including an exhibition match Saturday, March 21 at the University of San Francisco that is open to the public.

Canada’s top striker, Christine Sinclair is scheduled to join the Pride when the team returns to the Bay Area on Wednesday. Canada’s team captain and all-time women’s leading goal scorer will arrive after helping her team to the Cyprus Cup finals where she scored her 99th career international goal.

Still to join the Pride are US National Team member and Pac-10 Player of the Year Tina DiMartino, who will arrive in training camp after the completion of the winter term at UCLA. Also preparing to join the team are the Pride’s trio from Brazil including national team captain Formiga and teammates Adriane and Erika, who are all currently completing visa processing in Brazil. Since these players have not reported to camp yet, they do not count against the Pride’s roster requirements.

The next round of cuts, which must be made by March 25th, will trim the team numbers to 18 rostered players plus four developmental spots.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10052.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 21, 2009, 02:14:06 AM
No rest for busy Stanford soccer grads Barnhart and Buehler

Monday 16th March 2009

The U.S. National Team duo joins two other Cardinal grads on FC Gold Pride of the new WPS league after helping USA to finals of Algarve Cup
 
Former Stanford soccer standouts Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart could probably used a break right about now, but neither is going to get one. The two have just joined the FC Gold Pride training camp last Friday following a successful stint with the U.S. National Team.

Buehler and Barnhart helped the U.S. reach the championship game of the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal, where the Americans lost to Sweden in penalty kicks, 4-3. The match marked the USA's seventh straight Algarve Cup championship game.

The U.S. won the tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, but fell in penalty kicks to the Germans in the 2006. The USA won the Algarve Cup for the first time in 2000.

The U.S. played without starting defender Lori Chalupny, who missed her second straight game due to illness, but Buehler filled in admirably at left back.

The U.S. players are back in the United States now to join their WPS clubs in final preparations for the inaugural season that opens March 29.

The Santa Clara-based FC Gold Pride of the new WPS league released four players to reduce its preseason roster from 28 players to 24. The current roster features one of Japan's top goal scorers, Eriko Arakawa as well as US Soccer star Tiffeny Milbrett and soccer icon Brandi Chastain.

The team is in the middle of a four-day road trip to Los Angeles which includes two exhibition matches against the Los Angeles Sol. The Pride will take on the Sol in the second of two scheduled exhibition matches on Tuesday morning at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Following the closed-door scrimmage, the team will return to the Bay Area to continue preparations for the season opener including an exhibition match Saturday, March 21 at the University of San Francisco that is open to the public.

Canada's top striker, Christine Sinclair is scheduled to join the Pride when the team returns to the Bay Area on Wednesday. Canada's team captain and all-time women's leading goal scorer will arrive after helping her team to the Cyprus Cup finals where she scored her 99th career international goal.

The next round of cuts, which must be made by March 25, will trim the team numbers to 18 roster players plus four developmental spots. Stanford grads Marssa Abegg and Leah Tapscott still remain among the 24 players.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

 
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=11610&team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 21, 2009, 02:43:36 AM
FC Gold Pride Releases Three More Players from Training Camp
 
Santa Clara, California
March 19, 2009
FC Gold Pride

FC Gold Pride released three players from training camp on Wednesday to make room for a pair of the team’s international players arriving in the Bay Area this week.

The release of players was required in order to allow space on the roster for the arriving internationals under the league’s roster restrictions which only allows teams to carry 24 players during this phase of preseason.  Among those released was the Pride’s fifth-round draft pick Ameera Abdullah and non-roster invitees Leah Tapscott and Katie Hultin.

Roster moves were made to make room for Canada’s national team captain and all-time leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair, who began training with the team today, as well as Brazil’s national team captain Formiga who is expected to join training camp on Friday.

Additionally, FC Gold Pride invited Harvard graduate Caitlin Fisher into training camp.  Fisher became available after being released by Boston on March 9 and joined the Pride training camp as a non-roster invitee this morning.

Still expected to check into camp this week is the Pride’s first-round draft pick Tina DiMartino.  The Pack-10 conference player of the year recently scored her first international goal and helped the United States to its seventh consecutive Algarve Cup Championship game appearance.   The Pride is also awaiting the arrival of its final two international players, Brazilians Erika and Adriane.

The Pride will take on the Bay Area Select All-Stars this Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. at Negoesco Field on the University of San Francisco campus. This will be the final match open to the public before the Home Opener.  Fans interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and arrive early as seating is limited.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10168.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 24, 2009, 04:39:38 PM
FC Gold Pride Shuts Out The Bay Area Select All-Stars
Saturday, March 21, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 21, 2009) – FC Gold Pride earned a 3-0 victory over the Bay Area Select All-Stars in the team’s final public match before the April 5th home opener.  The Saturday night match up was also the premier of Brazilian Captain Formiga, Canada’s Captain Chistine Sinclair as well as US National Team member Tina DiMartino at Negoesco Stadium on the University of San Francisco campus.

The Bay Area Select All-Stars, composed of student-athletes from Cal, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco and Stanford as well members of the California Storm of the WPSL held their ground against the Pride, playing to a 0-0 tie at halftime.
 
Stacy Alberico opened the scoring, unassisted in the second half with a short range goal in the 67th minute.  Utah native Liz Bogus put away the Pride’s second goal of the game in the 71st minute on a beautiful assist from Christine Sinclair. Kandace Wilson added a third goal for the Pride when she headed in a perfect cross from Marissa Abegg in the 86th Minute.

FC Gold Pride will announce the team’s final roster of 18 players and four developmental players by March 25 in accordance with WPS roster of regulations.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10262.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 24, 2009, 04:44:37 PM
Canada's Sinclair says she's anxious to get started with FC Gold Pride

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Canadian women's soccer star Christine Sinclair says the creation of the new Women's Professional Soccer League is "absolutely huge" for the development of the sport.

Sinclair, of Burnaby, B.C., took part in her first practice Thursday with the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride. The team is getting ready for its April 5 opener against the Boston Breakers.

"I think this league needs to survive just so young players out there in college, and younger than that, know that there's somewhere to play if you don't happen to make a national team," she said Friday during a conference call. "For some people it's hard to move overseas to continue your soccer career. So to have a league here in the U.S. - and hopefully it can branch out to Canada soon - it's hugely important."

FC Gold Pride is one of seven teams in the new league, which kicks off March 29. Sinclair said she has great coaches and her new teammates have plenty of skill.

"We're just looking forward to the first game," she said. "These people have been in training camp now for almost three weeks and are anxious to get some games under their belt that actually mean something."

Sinclair recorded her 99th career goal for Canada in a 3-1 loss to England in the final of the Cyprus Women's Cup last week. Sinclair said she has enjoyed playing for new Canadian head coach Carolina Morace.

"You can see the growth in our national team already and it's only been just over a month," she said.

Sinclair could reach the century mark when Canada plays Japan at BMO Field on May 25.

"One hundred goals in an international career is something very special," she said. "Hopefully, fingers crossed, I can get it in Toronto. I mean that would be ideal."

Sinclair, who has won the Adidas Canadian female soccer player of the year award for four straight years, most recently played club soccer for the W-League's Vancouver Whitecaps. Her WPS playing rights were obtained by FC Gold Pride with the eighth overall pick of the league's initial international draft.

"I know myself this is absolutely perfect," she said. "It's something I've wanted to participate in for years. For it to be a reality is just amazing."

Other Canadians in the new league include Karina LeBlanc of the Los Angeles Sol, Melissa Tancredi of the St. Louis Athletica, Erin McLeod of the Washington Freedom, Kelly Parker of Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) and Candace Chapman and Christine Latham of Boston.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iVrnqQrnBc2c7ms8wG8O4AR_zWUg?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 25, 2009, 01:29:44 PM
Chastain, Milbrett earn FC Gold Pride roster spots

by Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury
22nd March, 2009

Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett, two of the biggest names in their sport, have made the opening-day roster for FC Gold Pride in the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer league.

Gold Pride Coach Albertin Montoya said Sunday that Chastain, 40, and Milbrett, 36, made the club after outperforming players 10 and 15 years younger.

"When you see some of the younger players pulling out with soreness and injuries and you have Brandi still out there playing her heart out, there's a lot to be said for that," said Montoya, 33.

Chastain, a three-time Olympic medalist from San Jose, was a member of the CyberRays of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association that launched after the success of the 1999 World Cup. She will be used as an attacking midfielder.

Milbrett marks her return to the American soccer scene after not being drafted. She had to attend a tryout just to get invited to camp although she is one of the greatest offensive players in U.S. history with 100 goals in 202 matches with the national team.

"She still has the burst of speed and athleticism that she had 10 years ago," Montoya said. "She's got enough where she leaves people behind in her tracks."

The deadline to announce the 22-player roster that includes four developmental prospects is Wednesday. The Gold Pride opens its season April 5 at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Boston Breakers.

http://www.mercurynews.com/othersports/ci_11973187?nclick_check=1&forced=true&team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 25, 2009, 01:36:52 PM
Chastain and Milbrett Secure Spots on FC Gold Pride 18-Player Regular Season Roster

by FC Gold Pride

Santa Clara, California
Monday 23rd March, 2009

FC Gold Pride head coach Albertin Montoya confirmed on Sunday that US Soccer icon Brandi Chastain and one of the United  States all-time top goal scorers, Tiffeny Milbrett would both occupy roster spots when the regular season kicks off in less than two weeks.

Chastain and Milbrett served as trailblazers for women’s soccer as part of the golden decade of the US Women’s National team during the 90’s, one of the most dominant teams the sport has seen to date.

The Bay Area native, Chastain is best known for elevating the profile of women’s soccer with her game winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup that defeated China and ignited an explosive soccer following and increased participation in the sport.   Chastain was selected by the Pride in the seventh round (45th overall) in the WPS Draft.

Milbrett, one of the most dangerous forwards the US has ever fielded, scored 100 goals in international competition during her illustrious career that saw her earn 204 caps.  She joined the Pride in March as a non-roster invitee, playing her way onto the roster during training camp.

In addition to penciling in women’s soccer veterans Chastain and Milbrett, FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya made some roster moves on Sunday afternoon, reducing the roster size in preparation for the season.  FC Gold Pride waived WPS General Draft picks Tracy Hamm and Jill Oakes and released non-roster invitees Stacy Alberico and Caitlin Fisher.

The Pride will be required to make adjustments to the roster in order to meet the league requirements of 18 rostered players and up to four developmental players which must be announced on or before Wednesday, March 25.

Only 13 days until FC Gold Pride kicks off the Inaugural WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10320.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on March 26, 2009, 02:14:59 PM
FC Gold Pride Finalizes Opening Day Roster
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
by FC Gold Pride

Santa Clara, California - March 25, 2009

FC Gold Pride and Head Coach Albertin Montoya released the team’s final opening day roster today in compliance with the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandate that requires to teams to set the Opening Day roster by today.

FC Gold Pride will carry a full roster of 18 players and currently has three developmental players with space for a fourth. The Pride roster features 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup hero Brandi Chastain, US Soccer Star Tiffeny Milbrett as well as international stars including Brazil’s captain Formiga, Eriko Arakawa (Japan) and Canada’s captain and all-time leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair.

FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. Season tickets, starting at only $100 for all 10 regular season games and a bonus exhibition match on March 21st. Tickets are on sale now. Call (408) 541-3511 or log on to FCGoldPride.com to reserve your seats.

FC GOLD PRIDE OPENING DAY ROSTER

21 Adriane (Brazil) - Midfield
30 Eriko Arakawa (Japan) - Forward
  1 Nicole Barnhart - Goalkeeper
  4 Rachel Buehler - Defender
  6 Brandi Chastain - Midfield/Forward
19 Carrie Dew - Defender
  5 Christina DiMartino - Midfield
20 Erika (Brazil) - Defender
31 Formiga (Brazil) - Midfield
13 Kristen Graczyk - Midfield/Forward
15 Tiffeny Milbrett - Forward
10 Leslie Osborne - Midfield
  7 Leigh Ann Robinson - Midfield
12 Christine Sinclair (Canada) - Forward
  8 Tiffany Weimer - Forward
18 Allison Whitworth - Goalkeeper
  9 Kandace Wilson - Forward
  2 Kimberly Yokers - Midfield
 
Development Players
 3  Marisa Abegg - Defender
23 Lindsay Massengale (D) - Defender/Midfield
22 Meagan McCray (D) - Goalkeeper

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10560.aspx?team=bayarea
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on April 02, 2009, 06:11:51 PM
Icons Chastain and Milbrett anchor new soccer team
Tom FitzGerald, San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It behooves a fledgling soccer team to keep a sense of humor when it has to rotate around three practice sites. So it was a good sign that forward Christine Sinclair, when asked Tuesday how it feels to be on the same team as Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett, said, "Who are they?"

She quickly got serious. "They're out there proving themselves every day," she said. "And they're the last ones on this team who need to prove themselves."

Chastain, 40, and Milbrett, 36, of course, are two of the most celebrated American soccer players in history. But they're going to have to be more than icons if the Bay Area's newest pro team, FC Gold Pride, is going to have a successful season.

It's possible that neither will start when the Pride open their 20-game regular-season schedule in the new Women's Professional Soccer at 3 p.m. Sunday against the Boston Breakers at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium.

Both will play extensively this season, according to coach Albertin Montoya. He admits Chastain has surprised the coaching staff with her fitness level and her unflagging energy during a month of training.

"She's been very impressive," he said. "She gives the same level of play every day. Some younger players have stepped out with muscle soreness or an injury here and there. Brandi hasn't missed a day."

No other athlete in history has been so identified with an undergarment as Chastain was when she ripped off her jersey and fell to her knees in a sports bra after the USA won the 1999 World Cup. She had just delivered the decisive penalty kick to beat China.

Milbrett was the top goal scorer on that American team. In her 202-match international career, she scored 100 goals.

In contrast to the World Cup final at the Rose Bowl, which drew the biggest crowd (90,185) ever to see a women's sports event, Sunday's game probably will draw only a few thousand. Chastain and Milbrett are simply happy to be setting another league's foundation.

Both were mainstays in the Women's United Soccer Association, which existed from 2001 to 2003 before drowning in red ink. Organizers of the new league are confident WPS will have more staying power because expenses will be kept under control.

Play will be at a much higher caliber in WPS, according to Chastain, who played for the WUSA's San Jose CyberRays.

"From top to bottom, it's better," she said. "The CyberRays were good, and the league was good before. But the younger players coming up this time around have had more experience internationally with youth national teams. My generation didn't really have that. It was the full national team or nothing."

In recent years, Milbrett has played with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W League, one of the top amateur leagues in North America, between stints in Sweden's pro league. Despite her fame, she wasn't chosen in the WPS draft and had to attend a tryout to get invited to the Gold Pride camp.

"To be honest, I was shocked," she said. "What that showed me was they didn't see me play. Maybe they saw '36' and thought I was over the hill."

Said Montoya: "We weren't sure that she would still have that burst that she had 10 years ago, which made her extremely dangerous. She still has that pace, and obviously the experience and the knowledge of where to be on the field."

At 34, he's younger than either Chastain or Milbrett.

Chastain and her husband, Santa Clara women's coach Jerry Smith, have a 21/2-year-old son, Jaden. Asked if her young teammates call her mom, she said, "Only when I bring them food."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/31/SP2516QBIS.DTL

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on April 04, 2009, 10:04:21 PM
New women's soccer team has several goals

by Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury
2nd April 2009

Because this is soccer, the word "goal" is thrown around quite a bit by the FC Gold Pride. But these players and coaches aren't just talking about putting the ball in the back of the net.

That's only part of the mission for the Gold Pride, the Bay Area's entry in the new seven-team Women's Professional Soccer league. When the curtain goes up Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Pride will be shooting for other goals.

Be entertaining.

"I always tell my players: 'Let's go out and put on a show,'" Coach Albertin Montoya said.

Or as midfielder Leslie Osborne put it: "We want people to watch us and say, 'Wow.'"

Help the fledgling league get off on a good foot.

Oh, and winning would be nice.

"Everybody talks about parity and how it's good for the fans and good for the games," said midfielder Brandi Chastain, referring to the league's attempt to equally distribute the top talent. "But trust me, the players aren't interested in parity. We're all interested in scoring lots of goals and killing everybody on the field."

WPS has been praised for implementing a more realistic business model than its predecessor, the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003 after just three seasons. Yet the deepening recession hardly makes it an ideal time to be launching a new sports venture.

The league opener, last Sunday between the Los Angeles Sol and Washington Freedom, drew 14,832 spectators in Los Angeles. The expectation is that there will be a more modest turnout for the Gold Pride opener. Thus far the team has sold about 1,000 season tickets.

But the mantra of the organization — which has been trying to cultivate support in the Bay Area's vast network of youth leagues — is that if people come, they will like what they see.

"We just need to get them out there one time," Osborne said.

The squad features 11 players who have played on their country's national teams. Some names are familiar. Chastain, a local favorite, was the star of the 1999 Women's World Cup. Osborne is a former Santa Clara standout. Tiffeny Milbrett was a U.S. national team fixture for years.

And there's an international flavor. Christine Sinclair, Canada's all-time leading goal-scorer and a former University of Portland standout, and Japan's Eriko Arakawa will be starting forwards. Also in the mix are a trio of Brazilians who go by the singular names of Formiga, Adriane and Erika.

You don't sign players from Brazil — who play some of the globe's most creative fútbol — and then ask them to play a lock-down defensive style.

"We want to show an offensive flair and try to emulate some of the world's great teams, like Barcelona and Manchester United," said Montoya, who has been a successful local club coach. "We don't want to play direct, ugly soccer. And when you have these players, you better give them the freedom to entertain."

At the center will be a three-player midfield featuring some combination of Chastain, Osborne, Formiga and Tina DiMartino. Osborne is slated in the "holding mid" position that anchors the field by winning balls and feeding the attack.

Chastain, who turns 41 in July, continues to be a marvel. Despite time away from the game raising a 21/2-year-old son, Chastain still looks and acts like an athlete at least a decade younger.

"She's remarkable," Montoya said. "She's leading the way, day in and day out. Sometimes players take a day off mentally. But she's never checked out. She's such a professional."

Male pro athletes rarely get asked if they feel the need to help sell their sport. They have the luxury of just playing. Not so for women. Gold Pride players feel a sense of responsibility to do everything possible to make this new league a success.

Osborne remembers the frustration of watching the WUSA fail before her senior year at Santa Clara.

"I was fortunate to keep playing with the national team," Osborne said. "But I've been waiting for another league to come along. I don't want it to just last one year. I want this to be around long after I'm done playing."

Just add that to the list of goals.

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_12060712?nclick_check=1&team=bayarea

Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on April 30, 2009, 12:27:26 PM
Milbrett's strike lifts FC Gold Pride to 2-1 win over Boston Breakers

WPS - 5th April 2009
Santa Clara, California

FC Gold Pride and the Boston Breakers opened their Inaugural Season of WPS Action today, facing off at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara, Calif.  The Pride took the first of three cross-coast meetings between these teams, by a score of 2-1.

The match was a significant one for both teams, marking numerous firsts including the first-ever meeting between these clubs as well as first-ever WPS goals for each team.  Striker Eriko Arakawa put away the game’s first goal and first-ever for FC Gold Pride, flicking the ball into the net off of a perfectly served ball from Tiffany Weimer in the 32nd minute of play.       
 
After numerous fruitless scoring opportunities for both teams, Kelly Smith scored the Breakers’ first-ever WPS goal, unassisted in the 79th minute, tying the score at 1-1.
 
A lot of credit is due to Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who came up big, twice saving close range shots from Boston’s attack.
 
“Nicole was fabulous, she kept us in the game,” said Albertin Montoya, head coach of FC Gold Pride. “I think she is one of the best keepers in the world and I can’t say enough about her.”
 
FC Gold Pride subbed in strikers Tiffeny Milbrett and Kandace Wilson in the 69th and 83rd minute respectively.  The late addition of speed on the front line seemed to be the tipping point for the Pride, as Milbrett put away the  game winner in the 89th minute of play, knocking in a deflected save by Boston’s keeper Kristin Luckenbill.  The save was made on a shot from Kandace Wilson, setting up Milbrett for the close range goal. 
 
“I just took a poke at it to bring the ball back under control.  I knew that I needed to cut it back a little bit and put some steam on it so it could get through there.”   Milbrett said of her goal. “It was a good day at the office.”
 
Both teams will be back in action on Sunday, April 11.  The Breakers will return home tonight to prepare to host the Saint Louis Athletica in their home opener, while FC Gold Pride will hit the road on Thursday for the first road game of the season, heading to the East Coast to take on Sky Blue FC.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Brandi Chastain
On the vibe at the stadium…
“I gave a talk to the team before the game, as the oldest player, I told them about the importance of this game and how we’re going to make a huge impact on the community both locally and across the country.  We showed it by coming back to win it.” 

On the game, coming back to win it…
“I could see it in our eyes, we all had that attitude kind of saying we have to get it together and we did.” 
On the crowds cheers as she came into the game…
“I didn’t hear anything except the beating of my heart, the excitement was overflowing.  I was like a rookie out there, I was so excited.”

Tiffeny Milbrett
On getting the game winning goal…
“I just took a poke to bring it back, put some steam on it and shot it in.  It was a good day at the office.”

Rachel Buehler
On what team and league mean to the community…
“It’s so great to have an avenue for soccer, it’s exciting to have it back for women.”

Nicole Barnhart
On her performance during the game…
“It got a little hectic towards the end but our defense held strong, we weathered the storm.  Kelly Smith is just a great player, they chipped it in behind us and it was a bullet of a shot, great finish.  I love being back there, any save I can make, it helps keep us in it.”

Tiffany Weimer
On having Brandi out on the field, crossing it to Eriko for the first goal…
“I heard her, you could always hear Brandi.”

Eriko Arakawa (through a translator)
On the game, scoring the first goal in FC Gold Pride History…
“I felt like, yes, I made it, it’s a goal.  We practice plays like that over and over in practice and it happened.  I knew what to expect because we had gone over it in practice.  I received the ball and knew it was coming back and I finished it.  I came to this country to play professional football because in Japan I had played in an amateur league.  To make the inaugural goal is so special and I appreciate my teammates and coaching staff and everyone surrounding me.”

Albertin Montoya
On the goal conceded...
“We did a good job most of the game, we gave it up to Kelly Smith and she made us pay.”

On the game, and why he chose not to start Brandi and Tiffeny…
“We got a little tired towards the end and I take responsibility for that.  Our fitness will come with time.  So far it’s been about playing with heart, desire and passion.”

“We needed ball winners to start out, as soon as the players started getting tired, we were kind of losing it, it was a good chance to bring it that experience of Brandi and Tiffeny and it worked out well for us.”

On Tiffeny not being drafted and trying out for the team…

“Tiffeny is one of the best players in history, how can I not give her a shot?”

On the game…
“I thought to myself do I play to tie or to win it at home for the fans and everyone who came out and I took a chance and it paid off.  It means a lot to win the way we did it.  We faced adversity and found a way to pull off a win.”
“It’s a valuable attitude to have and helps the players buy into what the coaches are trying to do.”

On Nicole Barnhart…
“Nicole was fabulous, she kept us in the game.”
“I think she is one of the best keepers in the world and I can’t say enough about her.”

On Tiffany Weimer
“She is my type of player.  I wasn’t the tallest player and I couldn’t rely on physical advantages and she is so creative and unpredictable and I let her play like that.  She’s the type of player that excites you, her play was fabulous.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090405-milbretts-strikes-lifts-FC-Gold-Pride-to-win

Gold Pride: 1 Nicole Barnhart, 4 Rachel Buehler, 7 Leigh Ann Robinson, 8 Tiffany Weimer, 10 Leslie Osborne (6 Brandi Chastain, 65), 12 Christine Sinclair (15 Tiffany Milbrett, 69), 13 Kristen Graczyk, 19 Carrie Dew, 30 Eriko Arakawa (9 Kandace Wilson, 83), 31 Formiga

Goals - Eriko Arakawa (15) , assist by Tiffany Weimer
           Tiffany Milbrett (90)
 
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on April 30, 2009, 01:03:45 PM
O'Reilly's effort helps Sky Blue FC tie FC Gold Pride, 1-1

WPS Staff Report
11th April 2009
Bridgewater, New Jersey

It took a while but Sky Blue FC finally found the back of the net for the franchise’s first goal ever. Local girl Heather O’Reilly did the honors connecting in the latter stages of the second half to help Sky Blue FC salvage a 1-1 tie with FC Gold Pride in a Women’s Professional Soccer match at TD Bank Ballpark.

After suffering a shutout loss to the Los Angeles Sol in its first-ever match last weekend, Sky Blue FC came from behind to earn the tie with the California Bay Area team. O’Reilly scored in the 76th minute to erase the lead that Carrie Dew had given FC Gold Pride in the 33rd minute on the team’s only shot on goal of the game.

Sky Blue FC didn’t lack quality chances in the match with the first coming in the 17th minute. Collette McCallum drove in a short corner kick that was met by the head of Keeley Dowling but her attempt bounded off the top of the bar and over the goal.

FC Gold Pride’s goal came thanks to a couple of fortunate deflections. A short corner kick from Tiffany Weimer deflected back to Dew, who hit a shot from the top of the box that took a deflection into the lower left corner of the goal past Sky Blue FC 'keeper Karen Bardsley.

Four minutes after the opening goal, the visitors threatened again but Bardsley did well to kick away a shot from Christine Sinclair as the Canadian international broke into the box.

Sky Blue FC had the better of the play in the second half culminating with O’Reilly’s goal. Natasha Kai and FC Gold Pride 'keeper Nicole Barnhart were involved in a big collision in the box but the loose ball was cleared out. One minute later, Kai laced a shot from outside the box that just deflected wide right.

In the 62nd minute, Sarah Walsh laid off a nice pass for O’Reilly but Barnhart was on point with a diving save at the near post.

O’Reilly, an East Brunswick, N.J. native, thrilled the home crowd that contained many fans from her hometown East Brunswick Soccer Club. Sarah Walsh set up the play for O’Reilly, who was serving as the team captain in the absence of injured defender Christie Rampone. O’Reilly burst into the box and rolled a right-footed shot into the lower left of the goal from 10 yards out.

FC Gold Pride's best chance of the second half came in the 86th minute when Eriko Arakawa hooked a shot just over the bar from outside the top of the box.

With the tie, that was played in front of 2,753 fans, Sky Blue FC’s record is now 0-1-1 while FC Gold Pride stands at 1-0-1. Sky Blue FC returns to action on April 19 when it travels to face the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.in a match that will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel (6pm ET/3pm PT). FC Gold Pride, meanwhile, travels to face the Los Angeles Sol on Sunday, April 19 (1pm PT).


http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090411-skybluefc-fcgoldpride

Gold Pride: 1 Nicole Barnhart, 4 Rachel Buehler, 5 Christina Di Martino (6 Brandi Chastain, 72), 7 Leigh Ann Robinson, 8 Tiffany Weimer (15 Tiffany Milbrett, 75), 10 Leslie Osborne, 12 Christine Sinclair, 13 Kristen Graczyk (9 Kandace Wilson, 82), 19 Carrie Dew, 30 Eriko Arakawa, 31 Formiga

Goal - Carrie Dew (33), assist by Tiffany Weimer.
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on April 30, 2009, 01:29:52 PM
Los Angeles Sol blank FC Gold Pride, 1-0

WPS - Staff Report
19th April 2009.
Carson, California
 
The Los Angeles Sol defeated FC Gold Pride, 1-0, on a scorching Sunday afternoon at The Home Depot Center to claim its third consecutive shutout victory of the season.

“It was great to see the excitement today,” said Los Angeles Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers.  “There were a lot of great scoring opportunities for both teams. You usually don’t see that type of excitement in a 1-0 game.”

After trading scoring opportunities for the first 44 minutes of the game, Japanese international Aya Miyama received a well placed through ball that gave the Sol a one-on-one scoring opportunity in the closing moments of the first half. But with pressure from FC Gold Pride keeper Nicole Barnhart, Miyama was forced to take a quick shot six yards out that grazed the outside right post and ended the half.

With halftime providing the Sol with an opportunity to escape the heat and regroup, they opened the second half with a new energy and a new formation that allowed them to set the tone for the rest of the game.

In the 47th minute, midfielder Aly Wagner chipped a ball over the backline that found Marta running in stride through the 18-yard box. Marta settled the ball down, took a quick touch and placed it past Barnhart into the back of the net.

“Marta made a great run and was in the gap,” said Wagner. “I played a ball over the backline into an open space and she did a great job finishing it.”

The Los Angeles Sol travel to face Saint Louis Athletica on Saturday, April 25 at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm PT.  FC Gold Pride returns to the Bay Area to host the Washington Freedom on Sunday, April 26 in a match that will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel (6pm ET / 3pm PT).

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090419-la-bay

Gold Pride:  1 Nicole Barnhart, 4 Rachel Buehler, 5 Christina Di Martino, 7 Leigh Ann Robinson (13 Kristen Graczyk, 57), 8 Tiffany Weimer (15 Tiffany Milbrett, 67), 9 Kandace Wilson, 10 Leslie Osborne, 12 Christine Sinclair, 19 Carrie Dew (20 Erika, 15), 30 Eriko Arakawa, 31 Formiga.
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on May 01, 2009, 12:07:53 PM
Freedom edge FC Gold Pride, 4-3

WPS - Staff Report
26th April 2009
Santa Clara, California

It was never a matter of if, it was always a matter of when.

After failing to connect on her first 16 shots over the previous three Women’s Professional Soccer games, Abby Wambach finally did what everyone expected her to do on Sunday – score a goal.

But Wambach didn’t stop there. After heading in the game’s first goal on a free kick from Cat Whitehill, Wambach put the period on the match by heading in another Whitehill free kick in stoppage time to give the Freedom its first WPS win, 4-3 over FC Gold Pride in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Everyone can say there’s a monkey on my back, I do want to score goals for my team but most importantly I want to win games,” said Wambach. “There are still some things to work on – defensively we had a few break downs.  We put some goals in the back of the net today and that’s a big reason why we came out on top today.”

Heading into the half tied up at 1-1, Washington (1-2-1) seemed to put the game away early in the second half as Wambach assisted Lori Lindsey to put the Freedom up 2-1, after which Lindsey assisted Allie Long to increase the lead to 3-1.

FC Gold Pride (1-2-1) answered with goals from Tiffany Weimer and Christine Sinclair to knot things up at 3-3 in the 83rd minute before Wambach’s second goal put the end to the comeback bid.

“Well, I’d rather win in un-dramatic fashion but we are glad that we got the result,” said Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra. “We’ve been playing well the first couple weeks of the season but we haven’t got any bounces and we’ve given up some tough goals and not put our chances away so it was nice to do so today.  Even though it was the last minute, I thought both teams played well attacking-wise but we are very happy to get the first win.” 

Wambach came into the match with the most shots and shots on goal of anyone in WPS, but had failed to score a goal. Her troubles seemed to mirror the entire Washington offense as the Freedom had scored two goals while allowing six on the way to a 0-2-1 record and a spot at the bottom of the WPS standings. The win now vaults the Freedom into a tie for fourth with FC Gold Pride.

“That’s what we knew we were getting, it was nice for her to get a goal no matter how it was today and get her first goal of the season,” Gabarra said. “I think you see when she got one that she’s a lot more relaxed. Cat played a great ball to her and that is not something that is new to either of them. It is certainly very difficult to defend but I thought it was great.  I’m more pleased with her (Wambach’s) assist because that’s the space we need her to get into.”

One of the most encouraging signs for the Freedom aside from the offense has to be the ability of the team to win despite missing Sonia Bompastor, one of the team’s most consistent players through the first three games. Bompastor was called up to play with the French national team this week, causing her to miss the contest.

Her absence created one of several lineup changes for the Freedom, which had Kati Jo Spisak make her debut in goal and saw Kristin DeDycker, Jill Gilbeau and Rebecca Moros all make their first WPS starts.

FC Gold Pride remains in the Bay Area to host Sky Blue FC on Sunday, May 3 at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090425-bay-wsh.aspx

Gold Pride:  1 Nicole Barnhart, 2 Kimberly Yokers (12 Christine Sinclair, 60), 4 Rachel Buehler, 5 Christina Di Martino, 7 Leigh Ann Robinson (23 Lesley Massengale, 78), 8 Tiffany Weimer, 9 Kandace Wilson, 10 Leslie Osborne, 13 Kristen Graczyk, 15 Tiffany Milbrett, 30 Eriko Arakawa.   

Goals - Tiffany Milbrett (30), assist by Tiffany Weimer
           Tiffany Weimer (75), assist by Kandace Wilson
           Christine Sinclair (83), assist by Rachel Buehler
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: redrobin on May 04, 2009, 10:47:12 AM
FC Gold Pride edges Sky Blue FC, 1-0

WPS - Staff Report
3rd May 2009
Santa Clara, California

The skies cleared and the sun shined for the second meeting of the season between FC Gold Pride and Sky Blue FC on Sunday.  The Pride emerged victorious, earning a 1-0 victory over Sky Blue FC in a physical match.

Both teams mounted dangerous attacks throughout the first half and as a result, both keepers were tested and came up with extraordinary saves.  FC Gold Pride keeper Nicole Barnhart earned her first shutout of the season, withstanding numerous seemingly unstoppable shots by Sky Blue FC’s offense.

“I think once again it was definitely an entertaining game,” said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya.  “We played some good soccer out there unfortunately we didn’t get some goals there in the first half.  One thing we focused on this week was getting a clean sheet for the first time and fortunately it paid off for us.”

“I think I have to go out there and try to do everything I can to make sure my team is in it, and it doesn’t really matter what the other goalkeeper is doing,” said Barnhart.  “If I can do that that, it’s what counts and our defense played well too so we came out on top.”

The Pride was given a chance to get on the board in the 38th minute after forward Tiffany Weimer suffered a foul in the box.  Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jenni Branam came up with a big save on Weimer's penalty kick, pushing the shot wide, and keeping the teams even at 0-0. 

“It comes from years of experience,” said Branam.  “It was all or nothing so I held as long as I could and I tried to fake one way and I went the other way.”

The match was filled with plenty of physical play. Sky Blue FC midfielder Kelly Parker may have gotten a little too physical pressuring Formiga and was issued a yellow card in the 44th minute.  The teams exchanged near misses at the end of the first half.  First, Heather O’Reilly hit the post on a sliding, all-out effort to find the back of the net.  Weimer followed up that attack by bouncing a well-struck free kick off the cross bar to end the half.

Both teams shook up their lineup in the second half, using up all three of their substitutions.   FC Gold Pride substituted the entire starting front line seeing Eriko Arakawa, Leigh Ann Robinson and Adriane take over the front line on the attack. 

The fresh legs up top seemed to be the right move for the Pride as Adriane connected with Leigh Ann Robinson for the game winning goal in the 86th minute.  For Robinson, who can usually be seen on the Pride’s back line, this marks the first goal of her professional career.

“I was just staying out wide; that is what we kept talking about,” said Robinson. “So, I was there and Adriane just got her head up, we made eye contact and she gave me a perfect ball so, I just went towards the goal.”

With Robinson’s goal, the Pride has now had goals scored by six different players, a stat that only the Pride and the Washington Freedom can claim.

With Sunday’s victory, the Pride takes over sole possession of fourth place in the WPS standings with a 2-2-1 record.  For Sky Blue FC, the loss leaves the team still searching of their first WPS victory. They now share the sixth place slot with the Saint Louis Athletica, both teams have a 0-2-2 record.

Today’s match was the second of five consecutive road games for Sky Blue FC.  The team will return home to regroup before heading to Chicago to take on the third place Red Stars on Sunday, May 10 in a match that will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel (6pm ET/3pm PT).  The Pride will take this week to prepare for its first trip to the Midwest to take on the Saint Louis Athletica on Saturday, May 9 (8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT).

Post-Game Quotes:

Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya

Overall impression of the game…

“I think once again it was definitely an entertaining game.  We’re playing some good soccer out there but unfortunately we didn’t get some goals there in the first half.  One thing we focused on this week was getting a clean sheet for the first time and fortunately it paid off for us.”

On calling the right shots with the substitutions…
“When it works out like that, it’s great.  We saw that we could use Leigh Ann’s (Robinson) speed.  It worked out that Adriane came in and she found the ball, turned and played the ball into Leigh Ann (Robinson) when she was making the run down the side. It’s nice to see when it works out that way.  It was a total team effort and we’ve seen that every day in practice.”

Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart

On seeing the opposing goalie making huge saves and what it means for her level of play...

“I think I have to go out there and try to do everything I can to make sure my team is in it and it doesn’t really matter what the other goalkeeper is doing.  If I can do that that, it’s what counts and our defense played well too so we came out on top.”

Midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson

On her goalie and what it means to have her playing so well…

“When Barnie (Nicole Barnhart) plays like that it pumps me up and definitely gets our energy going with amazing save after amazing save that I don’t think other goalies could have made so it sparks our team. 

On her goal and how it unfolded…

“I was just staying out wide; that is what we kept talking about.  So I was there and Adriane just got her head up and we made eye contact and she gave me a perfect ball so I just went towards the goal.”

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/news/general/090503-bay-nj


Gold Pride:  1 Nicole Barnhart, 4 Rachel Buehler, 5 Christina Di Martino, 8 Tiffany Weimer (21 Adriane, 84), 9 Kandace Wilson, 10 Leslie Osborne, 12 Christine Sinclair (7 Leigh Ann Robinson, 70), 13 Kristen Graczyk, 15 Tiffany Milbrett (30 Eriko Arakawa, 57), 19 Carrie Dew, 31 Formiga.
 
Goal - Leigh Ann Robinson (86), assist by Adriane
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: David on May 17, 2009, 01:21:14 PM
FC Gold Pride slashes ticket prices

After drawing the two lowest crowds of the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season for back-to-back games -- 3,321 and 2,533 -- FC Gold Pride, WPS's Bay Area team, announced it was cutting individual game ticket prices by an average of 25 percent. In addition, beginning with the May 24 match against the Los Angeles Sol, the Pride will reduce seating capacity at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Santa Clara University stadium used by MLS's San Jose Earthquakes, from 10,500 to 5,680. 

"Providing value and entertainment to our fans is our top priority," said FC Gold Pride General Manager Ilisa Kessler.  "As a business, we cannot ignore the state of the national and local economy and recognize that we are all making decisions on where to spend our entertainment dollars.  We do not want the price of a ticket to be the barrier that keeps fans from experiencing Women's Professional Soccer."

FC Gold Pride's average individual game ticket was reduced from $30.75 to $23.

"Our new seating configuration is more in line with the team's goals and business plan," said Kessler. "Our intention is to provide fans with the best overall experience at the stadium and to create a real home field advantage for our team.  We feel both of these goals are served through the new seating plan."

http://www.socceramerica.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.showArticleHomePage&art_aid=32247
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 25, 2009, 03:23:56 AM
Gold Pride player Kandace Wilson was hurt during the match right before stoppage time. I tweeted FCGP, and they said it wasn't her knee, as first suspected. She hurt her right hip and strained her right quad muscle.
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: David on April 24, 2010, 03:09:55 PM
It took Kiki Bosio two minutes to understand the difference between playing for Santa Clara University and for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer.

She "got laid out real bad" within 60 seconds of her pro debut two weeks ago at St. Louis.

"It was kind of a wake-up call," said Bosio, who might make her first start tonight when Gold Pride plays host to the Atlanta Beat at Castro Valley High School. "There's not a single player on the team that I say, 'Yeah, she's OK.' No, every player is great."

Bosio is one of three Bay Area college rookies who already have made an impact for the Pride, which features such international standouts as Camille Abily, Rachel Buehler, Marta and Christine Sinclair.

While Bosio is the club's fourth forward, Stanford's Kelley O'Hara and Ali Riley have had a seamless transition to WPS as immediate starters after last year's run to the College Cup title match.

In all, seven players from the 2010 draft have made the Pride's 21-member roster, a tribute to the level of women's college soccer. Perhaps none have accelerated as fast as Bosio, O'Hara and Riley.

"I knew the type of attitude and mentally they had to succeed," said coach Albertin Montoya, who worked with all three in college.

Most expected O'Hara, the 2009 women's college player of the year, to do well. After a stellar senior season at Stanford, the dazzling striker joined the U.S. national team. The Pride took her third overall in the draft.

O'Hara hasn't disappointed. She looked sharp in her pro debut two weeks ago and had two assists in helping Gold Pride win its home opener last weekend.

"International play and college prepared me for this," O'Hara said this week.

Montoya offers another reason:

"She is being challenged by Marta, Sinclair, and Camille every day," he said. "She wants to be at that level. She wants to make a name for herself."

O'Hara and Riley haven't had much idle time since turning pro. They practice in the morning in Danville, then take classes at Stanford in the afternoon. They expect to graduate in December.

When not listening to lectures, they're in the soccer classroom, absorbing the nuances of their acclaimed teammates, including Marta, FIFA's four-time player of the year.

Riley, who might not play tonight because of a viral infection, has been a defender for only two years. Her relative inexperience at fullback makes her ascension that much more remarkable.

"You have to be ready from the first minute for players trying moves on you," she said of WPS. "It's a little scary as a defender."

A member of New Zealand's national team, Riley has improved by practicing against her offensive-minded teammates. But she has gained even more insight from watching defenders Buehler and Candace Chapman, starters for the U.S. and Canadian teams, respectively.

The veterans have helped Riley understand the game's subtleties in a way she couldn't fully develop at Stanford. Montoya saw it coming when drafting her 10th overall.
"She's just sound," he said. "I don't have to worry about Ali. I don't have to think about her."

When Riley entered Stanford as a freshman four years ago the prospects of playing professionally were limited. Now, like many young women getting a chance to play professionally in the two-year-old American league, she appreciates every moment.

"I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up," Riley said.

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_14949290
Title: Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
Post by: David on April 25, 2010, 01:01:25 PM
At 5-feet-9, Carrie Dew is FC Gold Pride's tallest field player.

She needed every inch Saturday night, leaping high to score a dramatic header in the 88th minute as the Pride defeated the Atlanta Beat 2-1 in a Women's Professional Soccer match at Castro Valley High School.

Dew's goal helped Gold Pride (2-1-0) win its second consecutive match and send an announced crowd of 3,002 home feeling good.

The late goal highlighted an otherwise dreary affair bogged down by a defense struggle. Dew scored the only second-half goal after a scramble in front of the net that began with an acrobatic flip throw in by rookie Kiki Bosio.

The ball deflected off a Beat player before Ali Riley kept it alive, allowing Dew to drive home the winner.

"I had a clear shot at it," said Dew, who had missed two earlier headers. "We weren't going to give up until the end."

The Pride scored early and late, but did little in between because the winless Beat made it difficult.

"They put us under a lot of pressure," rookie forward Kelley O'Hara from Stanford said.

Despite starting poorly, Gold Pride took a short-lived lead in the 11th minute when Tiffeny Milbrett scored off a long lead pass from midfielder Camille Abily.

Milbrett patiently waited for the ball to land at her feet in order to stay onside. Then she took two strides and fired from 22 yards past former Pride goalkeeper Allison Whitworth.

The Pride allowed the equalizer 12 minutes later when keeper Nicole Barnhart miscalculated a clearance pass that Angie Kerr controlled. She fed Mexican forward Monica Ocampo, who split two defenders and blasted the ball past Barnhart.

Pride star Marta struggled in the first half because of a bruised right ankle. And Riley was slowed by a viral infection.

But overall, the team couldn't find its rhythm that led to a convincing victory last weekend over Sky Blue FC. It missed Canadians Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman, who played with their national team against China on Saturday.

The Beat suffered a blow when star midfielder Tobin Heath left in the 20th minute with a right ankle injury.

But Gold Pride's defense didn't seem to have an answer for forward Ramona Bachmann, a rising star from Switzerland.

The 19-year-old sped past defenders as she made nice drives to the goal.

"I had never heard of her," O'Hara said.

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_14954802?nclick_check=1