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Title: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 17, 2007, 12:44:10 PM
Week 1

Friday May 11th

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 3 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Saturday May 12th

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
Long Island Rough Riders 0 New York Magic 2

Sunday May 13th

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 23, 2007, 12:54:43 AM
Week 2

Friday 18th May

Atlantic Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Mid West Division
Michigan Hawks 4 Fort Wayne Fever 0

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 1 Washington Freedom 3

Saturday 19th May

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 2 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0
Richmond Kickers Destiny 3 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

North East Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Sunday 20th May

Mid West Division
Chicago Gaels 4 Fort Wayne Fever 2

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Seattle Sounders 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 28, 2007, 08:08:58 PM
Week 3

Wednesday 23rd May

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 0 San Diego Sunwaves 1

Friday 25th May

Atlantic Division
Cocoa Expos 6 Bradenton Athletics 0
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 4 London Gryphons 1

Northern Division
Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 Toronto Lady Lynx 4

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 2 San Diego Sunwaves 3

Saturday 26th May

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 3

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 2 Chicago Gaels 0
West Michigan Firewomen 1 Fort Wayne Fever 1

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 3 Hamilton Avalanche 0
Vermont Lady Voltage 1 Laval Comets 7

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 New York Magic 1

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0

Sunday 27th May

Northern Division
Laval Comets 3 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Long Island Rough Riders 1
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 New York Magic 0

Western Division
Mile High Edge 0 San Diego Sunwaves 4

Monday 28th May

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 1
(This game was abandoned due to storm conditions - presumably to be replayed)
 



Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 05, 2007, 12:50:45 AM
Week 4

Wednesday 30th May

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Michigan Hawks 0

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 6 Hamilton Avalanche 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 2 Fort Collins Force 0

Thursday 31st May

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 4 Bradenton Athletics 0

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 2 London Gryphons 4

Western Division
Mile High Edge 2 Seattle Sounders 0

Friday 1st June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 0

Mid West Division
Cleveland Internationals 3 Chicago Gaels 1

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 3 Boston Renegades 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 3 Seattle Sounders 2

Saturday 2nd June

Atlantic Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 3 Bradenton Athletic 0

Midwest Division
London Gryphons 1 Chicago Gaels 4

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 1 Laval Comets 0
Rochester Raging Rhinos 6 Hamilton Avalanche 2
Toronto Lady Lynx 3 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Boston Renegades 0
New York Magic 0 Jersey Sky Blue 3
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 Washington Freedom 4

Sunday 3rd June

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 0
New Jersey Wildcats 3 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Seattle Sounders 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 11, 2007, 12:08:46 PM
Week 5

Wednesday 6th June

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Cleveland Internationals 1

Northern Division
Laval Comets 6 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 2 Real Colorado Cougars 1

Thursday 7th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 0 Hampton Roads Piranhas 4
Cocoa Expos 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 0

Friday 8th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 0 Minnesota Lightning 1

Western Division
Mile High Edge 1 Fort Collins Force 2
Seattle Sounders 2 San Diego Sunwaves 0

Saturday 9th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 3
Cocoa Expos 4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 0

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 1 Michigan Hawks 2

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 0 New Jersey Wildcats 1
Northern Virginia Majestics 3 Boston Renegades 2
Washington Freedom 7 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
 
Sunday 10th June

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 5 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 7 Cleveland Internationals 0
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Minnesota Lightning 2

Northern Division
Laval Comets 4 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Ottawa Fury 4

North East Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 6 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
Washington Freedom 4 Boston Renegades 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 0 Mile High Edge 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 San Diego Sunwaves 2

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 12, 2007, 01:00:15 AM
Atlantic Division
(up to 10.06.2007)

1   Richmond Kickers Destiny         5   4   0   1   14- 3   12
2   Atlanta Silverbacks                  5   4   0   1     7- 3   12
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles              6   3   1   2   10- 8   10
4   Cocoa Expos                          3   2   1   0   10- 0     7
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas         5   2   0   3     6- 9     6
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   5   1   0   4     4-10     3
7   Bradenton Athletics                 5   0   0   5     2-20     0

Mid West Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1   Michigan Hawks                   4   3   1   0   10- 2   10
2   Chicago Gaels                    6   3   0   3   17-10     9
3   Minnesota Lightning            3   3   0   0     5- 1     9
4   Cleveland Internationals      4   2   0   2     4- 9     6
5   London Gryphons               3   1   0   2     6-10     3
6   Fort Wayne Fever               6   0   2   4     4-12     2
7   West Michigan Firewomen   2   0   1   1     3-  5     1

Northern Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1   Laval Comets                  5   4   0   1   20-2   12
2   Toronto Lady Lynx           5   4   0   1   17-4   12
3   Ottawa Fury                    3   3   0   0   8-2     9
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  4   1   0   3   6-12    3
5   Hamilton Avalanche         3   0   0   3   2-15    0
6   Vermont Lady Voltage      4   0   0   4   1-19    0

North East Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                       4   4   0   0   18-2   12
2   New Jersey Wildcats                        5   3   2   0    7-2   11
3   Jersey Sky Blue                               4   3   0   1    9-1    9
4   North Virginia Majestics                    5   2   1   2   11-9    7
5   Long Island Rough Riders                  4   1   1   2    5-6    4
6   New York Magic                               4   1   0   3    3-6     3
7   Boston Renegades                            5   1   0   4   4-12    3
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 5   1   0   4   1-20   3   

Western Division
(up to 10.06.2007)
1   San Diego Sunwaves   5   3   1   1   10-6   10
2    Fort Collins Force       5   3   0   2    9-9    9
3   Seattle Sounders         6   2   1   3    8-8    7
4   Mile High Edge            4   2   0   2    5-6    6
5   Vancouver Whitecaps   3   1   1   1    4-5    4
6   Real Colorado Cougars 5   1   1   3    4-6    4
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 17, 2007, 02:51:11 PM
Week 6

Tuesday 12th June

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 1 San Diego Sunwaves 0

Wednesday 13th June

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Toronto Lady Lynx 2

North East Division
New York Magic 0 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Thursday 14th June

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Cocoa Expos 1

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 1 West Michigan Firewomen 0
Minnesota Lightning 2 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Friday 15th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Bradenton Athletics 0
Richmond Kickers Destiny 2 Cocoa Expos 1

Midwest Divisiion
London Gryphons 2 Cleveland Internationals 3

North East Division
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Jersey Sky Blue 5

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 4 Fort Collins Force 0

Saturday 16th June

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 4 Bradenton Athletics 0
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Cocoa Expos 3

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 4 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Ottawa Fury 7
Rochester Raging Rhinos 4 Vermont Lady Voltage 1

North East Division
Boston Renegades 0 Jersey Sky Blue 8
Long Island Rough Riders 4 Northern Virginia Majestics 0
New Jersey Wildcats 2 New York Magic 0

Sunday 17th June

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 2 Vermont Lady Voltage 1
Laval Comets 1 Ottawa Fury 2

North East Division
Washington Freedom 3 Northern Virginia Majestics 0

Western Division
San Diego Sunwaves 0 Real Colorado Cougars 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 4 Fort Collins Force 0
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 18, 2007, 11:43:02 AM
At the end of week 6, only Minnesota, Ottawa amd Washington still have 100% records. In most divisions there is a clear divide between winning and losing team with the exception of the West, where all teams seem capable of taking points off each other.

Atlantic Division
(up to 17.06.2007)

1   Richmond Kickers Destiny         6   5   0   1   16- 4   15
2   Atlanta Silverbacks                  6   5   0   1     8- 3   15
3   Cocoa Expos                          6   4   1   1   15- 2    13
4   Charlotte Lady Eagles              7   4   1   2   14- 8   13
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas         6   2   0   4     6-10     6
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   6   1   0   5     4-13     3
7   Bradenton Athletics                 7   0   0   7     2-25     0

Mid West Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1   Minnesota Lightning            5   5   0   0    11- 1    15
2   Michigan Hawks                   5   4   1   0   11- 2   13
3   Chicago Gaels                    6   3   0   3   17-10     9
4   Cleveland Internationals      5   3   0   2     7-11     9
5   London Gryphons               4   1   0   3     8-13     3
6   Fort Wayne Fever               8   0   2   6     4-18     2
7   West Michigan Firewomen   3   0   1   2     3-  6     1

Northern Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1   Toronto Lady Lynx           6   5   0   1   19-4   15
2   Ottawa Fury                    5   5   0   0   17-4    15
3   Laval Comets                  6   4   0   2   21-4   12
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  5   2   0   3   10-13    6
5   Hamilton Avalanche         6   1   0   5   5-25    3
6   Vermont Lady Voltage      6   0   0   6   3-25    0

North East Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1   Jersey Sky Blue                               6   5   0   1    22-1   15
2   Washington Freedom                       5   5   0   0   21-2   15
3   New Jersey Wildcats                        6   4   2   0    9-2   14
4   Long Island Rough Riders                  6   2   2   2    9-6    8
5   North Virginia Majestics                    7   2   1   4   11-16    7
6   New York Magic                               6   1   1   4    3-8     4
7   Boston Renegades                            6   1   0   5   4-20    3
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 6   1   0   5   1-25   3   

Western Division
(up to 17.06.2007)
1   Seattle Sounders         8   4   1   3   13-8   13
2   San Diego Sunwaves   7   3   1   3   10-8   10
3   Fort Collins Force       7   3   0   4    9-17    9
4   Vancouver Whitecaps   4   2   1   1    8-5    7
5   Real Colorado Cougars 6   2   1   3    5-6    7
6   Mile High Edge            4   2   0   2    5-6    6

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 27, 2007, 01:56:06 AM
Week 7

Wednesday 20th June

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Washington Freedom 1

Thursday 21st June

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Michigan Hawks 2

North East Division
New York Magic 1 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1

Friday 22nd June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Hampton Roads Piranhas 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 4
San Diego Sunwaves 3 Mile High Edge 1

Saturday 23rd June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 0 Cocoa Expos 0
Charlotte Lady Eagles 4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Laval Comets 2
Ottawa Fury 4 Toronto Lady Lynx 1
Vermont Lady Voltage 3 Rochester Raging Rhinos 1

North East Division
New York Magic 0 Boston Renegades 1
Northern Virginia Majestics 2 Long Island Rough Riders 1
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 New Jersey Wildcats 4

Sunday 24th June

Midwest Division
London Gryphons 1 West Michigan Firewomen 3

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 3 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 5 Boston Renegades 0
Washington Freedom 6 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Western Division
San Diego Sunwaves 4 Mile High Edge 0

Monday 25th June

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3

Title: Re: W League
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 27, 2007, 10:01:52 AM
Some of the team names are really bizarre, like 'Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers' or 'West Michigan Firewomen.'  'Vermont Lady Voltage' is the best.  Do they work in the prison service by some chance on death row, ha.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 29, 2007, 01:58:02 AM
Atlantic Division
(up to 25.06.2007)

1   Atlanta Silverbacks                  7   6   0   1    10- 3   18
2   Charlotte Lady Eagles              8   5   1   2   18- 9   16
3   Richmond Kickers Destiny         6   5   0   1   16- 4   15
4   Cocoa Expos                          7   4   2   1   15- 2    14
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas         8   2   0   6     7-16     6
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   6   1   0   5     4-13     3
7   Bradenton Athletics                 8   0   1   7     2-25     1

Mid West Division
(up to 25.06.2007)
1   Michigan Hawks                   6   5   1   0   13- 2   16
2   Minnesota Lightning            5   5   0   0    11- 1    15
3   Chicago Gaels                    6   3   0   3   17-10     9
4   Cleveland Internationals      5   3   0   2     7-11     9
5   West Michigan Firewomen   5   1   1   3     6-  9     4
6   London Gryphons               5   1   0   4     9-16     3
7   Fort Wayne Fever               8   0   2   6     4-18     2

Northern Division
(up to 25.06.2007)
1   Ottawa Fury                    7   7   0   0   24-5    21
2   Laval Comets                  7   5   0   2   23-5   15
3   Toronto Lady Lynx           7   5   0   2   20-8   15
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  7   2   0   5   11-19    6
5   Vermont Lady Voltage      7   1   0   6   6-26    3
6   Hamilton Avalanche         7   1   0   6   6-27    3

North East Division
(up to 25.06.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                       7   6   1   0   28-3   19
2   Jersey Sky Blue                               7   6   0   1   27-1   18
3   New Jersey Wildcats                        8   5   3   0   14-4   18
4   Northern Virginia Majestics               8   3   1   4  13-17  10
5   Long Island Rough Riders                  8   2   2   4  10-14  8
6   Boston Renegades                            8   2   0   6   5-25   6
7   New York Magic                               8   1   2   5   4-10   5
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 8   1   1   6   3-30   4   

Western Division
(up to 25.06.2007)
1   San Diego Sunwaves   9   5   1   3   17-9   16
2   Vancouver Whitecaps   6   4   1   1   15-7   13
3   Seattle Sounders         8   4   1   3   13-8   13
4   Fort Collins Force       8   3   0   5   10-21    9
5   Real Colorado Cougars 7   2   1   4    6-9    7
6   Mile High Edge            6   2   0   4    6-13    6
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 03, 2007, 10:23:37 AM
Week 8
Unlike the W.P.S.L. which has quite a few games between teams in different divisions as well as the "League" results, I thought the W League was organised more straightforwardly on the usual model (home and away against each team in your division). It apparently isn't quite that simple - in some divisions they will play their rivals three times. Don't the Americans love to make up their own rules!

Wednesday 27th June

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 9 West Michigan Firewomen 0

Northern Division
Vermont Lady Voltage 2 Laval Comets 1

North East Division
Washington Freedom 0 Jersey Sky Blue 3

Western Division
Mile High Edge 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2

Thursday 28th June

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 5 London Gryphons 1

Friday 29th June

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Cleveland Internationals 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 1 New Jersey Wildcats 0

Saturday 30th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2
Cocoa Expos 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 2 Chicago Gaels 2

Northern Division
Rochester Raging Rhinos 2 Laval Comets 0

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1
New York Magic 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 3

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Sunday 1st July

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 3 Atlanta Silverbacks 4
Cocoa Expos 1 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Northern Virginia Majestics 1
New York Magic 0 Washington Freedom 1

Western Division
Mile High Edge 1 Fort Collins Force 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 03, 2007, 12:41:08 PM
Atlantic Division
(up to 01.07.2007)

1   Richmond Kickers Destiny         8   7   0   1   20- 5   21
2   Atlanta Silverbacks                  9   7   0   2    14- 7   21
3   Cocoa Expos                          9   5   2   2   17- 4    17
4   Charlotte Lady Eagles              8   5   1   2   18- 9    16
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas         8   2   0   6     7-16     6
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   6   1   0   5     4-13     3
7   Bradenton Athletics                10  0   1   9     5-31     1

Mid West Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Michigan Hawks                   7   6   1   0   18- 3   19
2   Minnesota Lightning            6   5   1   0    13- 3    16
3   Chicago Gaels                    8   4   1   3   28-12    13
4   Cleveland Internationals      6   4   0   2     9-11    12
5   West Michigan Firewomen   7   1   1   5     6- 20     4
6   London Gryphons               6   1   0   5    10-21     3
7   Fort Wayne Fever               8   0   2   6     4-18     2

Northern Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Ottawa Fury                    7   7   0   0   24-5    21
2   Laval Comets                  9   5   0   4   24-9   15
3   Toronto Lady Lynx           7   5   0   2   20-8   15
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  8   3   0   5   13-19   9
5   Vermont Lady Voltage      8   2   0   6   8-27    6
6   Hamilton Avalanche         7   1   0   6   6-27    3

North East Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                       9   7   1   1   29-6   22
2   Jersey Sky Blue                               8   7   0   1    30-1   21
3   New Jersey Wildcats                       10   5   3   2   14-6   18
4   Northern Virginia Majestics               10   5   1   4  17-19  16
5   Long Island Rough Riders                  9   3   2   4   14-15  11
6   Boston Renegades                            9   3   0   6   6-25    9
7   New York Magic                              10   1   2   7    6-14   5
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 9   1   1   7   4-34    4   

Western Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Vancouver Whitecaps   8   5   2   1   18-9   17
2   San Diego Sunwaves   9   5   1   3   17-9   16
3   Seattle Sounders         8   4   1   3   13-8   13
4   Fort Collins Force       9   3   1   5   11-22   10
5   Real Colorado Cougars 8   2   2   4    7-10    8
6   Mile High Edge            8   2   1   5   8-16    7

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2007, 10:59:58 AM
Week 9

Wednesday 4th July

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Jersey Sky Blue 2

Thursday 5th July

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 6 Michigan Hawks 1
Minnesota Lightning 4 West Michigan Firewomen 1

Friday 6th July

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Cocoa Expos 2

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 1 London Gryphons 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 1

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 3 Mile High Edge 1

Saturday 7th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 2 Cocoa Expos 1
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 8 London Gryphons 0
Minnesota Lightning 4 West Michigan Firewomen 0

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 3 Toronto Lady Lynx 3
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Hamilton Avalanche 2

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 2 Washinton Freedom 3
New York Magic 1 New Jersey Wildcats 1
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 2 North Virginia Majestics 5

Sunday 8th July

Atlantic Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2

Northern Division
Laval Comets 8 Hamilton Avalanche 0

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Mile High Edge 2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2007, 11:55:26 AM
Atlantic Division
(up to 08.07.2007)

1   Richmond Kickers Destiny         9   8   0   1   22- 5   24
2   Atlanta Silverbacks                 10   7   1   2    16- 9   22
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles              9   6   1   2   20-10    19
4   Cocoa Expos                         11   5   3   3   20- 8    18
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas         9   2   1   6     8-17     7
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   8   1   1   6     5-16     4
7   Bradenton Athletics                10  0   1   9     5-31     1

Mid West Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Minnesota Lightning            8   7   1   0    21- 4    22
2   Michigan Hawks                  8   6   1   1   19- 9     19
3   Cleveland Internationals      8   6   0   2    23-12    18
4   Chicago Gaels                    8   4   1   3   28-12    13
5   London Gryphons               8   2   0   6    12-30     6
6   West Michigan Firewomen   9   1   1   7     7- 28     4
7   Fort Wayne Fever               9   0   2   7     5-20     2

Northern Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Ottawa Fury                    8   7   1   0   27-8    22
2   Laval Comets                 10   6   0   4   32-9   18
3   Toronto Lady Lynx           8   5   1   2   23-11  16
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  8   3   0   5   13-19   9
5   Vermont Lady Voltage      9   2   0   7   8-29    6
6   Hamilton Avalanche         9   2   0   7   8-35    6

North East Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                      10   8   1   1   32-8   25
2   Jersey Sky Blue                              10   8   0   2   34-4   24
3   New Jersey Wildcats                       12   5   4   3   15-9    19
4   Northern Virginia Majestics               12   6   1  5  23-23   19
5   Boston Renegades                           10   4   0   6   8-26   12
6   Long Island Rough Riders                  9   3   2   4   14-15  11
7   New York Magic                              11   1   3   7    7-15   6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 10   1   1   8   6-39    4   

Western Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Vancouver Whitecaps   9   5   3   1   20-11   18
2   San Diego Sunwaves   9   5   1   3   17-9     16
3   Seattle Sounders         9   5   1   3   16-10   16
4   Fort Collins Force        9   3   1   5   11-22   10
5   Real Colorado Cougars 8   2   2   4    7-10    8
6   Mile High Edge           10   2   2   6  12-21    8
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 09, 2007, 12:01:29 PM
Some of the team names are really bizarre, like 'Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers' or 'West Michigan Firewomen.'  'Vermont Lady Voltage' is the best.  Do they work in the prison service by some chance on death row, ha.

Make us seem quite dull, don't they. Now of course if you were to call your favourites Everton Lady Toffees we might be getting somewhere.
Apart from the ones you've quoted, one of the most bizarre ones I've come across is Albuquerque Lady Asylum in the W.P.S.L..  Can't imagine the origins of that one.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 16, 2007, 12:10:40 PM
Week 10

Monday 9th July

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Tuesday 10th July

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 7 New York Magic 0

Wednesday 11th July

Western Division
San Diego Sunwaves 4 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Thursday 12th July

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 1 Real Colorado Cougars 2

Friday 13th July
 
Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 3 London Gryphons 2
Michigan Hawks 2 Cleveland Internationals 1

Northern Division
Laval Comets 2 Toronto Lady Lynx 0

North East Division
W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 2 Long Island Rough Riders 3

Saturday 14th July

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 3

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 1 Minnesota Lightning 2
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Cleveland Internationals 3

Northern Division
Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 Ottawa Fury 3
Vermont Lady Voltage 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 1 Long Island Rough Riders 0
Northern Virginia Majestics 4 New York Magic 1
Washington Freedom 2 New Jersey Wildcats 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 4 Mile High Edge 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Seattle Sounders 2

Sunday 15th July

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 4 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1

Midwest Division
London Gryphons 0 Michigan Hawks 5
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Minnesota Lightning 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Ottawa Fury 1

North East Division
Washington Freedom 6 New York Magic 0

Western Division
Mile High Edge 2 Real Colorado Cougars 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 16, 2007, 02:56:37 PM
Atlantic Division
(up to 15.07.2007)

1   Richmond Kickers Destiny         9   8   0   1   22- 5   24
2   Charlotte Lady Eagles             10   7   1   2   23-10    22
3   Atlanta Silverbacks                 10   7   1   2    16- 9   22
4   Cocoa Expos                         11   5   3   3   20- 8    18
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas        10   2   1   7     8-20     7
6   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners   9   1   1   7     6-20     4
7   Bradenton Athletics                11  1   1   9     9-32     4

Mid West Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   Minnesota Lightning           10  9   1   0    24- 5    28
2   Michigan Hawks                10   8   1   1   26-10    25
3   Cleveland Internationals     10   7   0   3   27-14    21
4   Chicago Gaels                   10   5   1   4   32-16    16
5   London Gryphons              10   2   0   8    14-38     6
6   West Michigan Firewomen  10   1   1   8     7- 29     4
7   Fort Wayne Fever              10   0   2   8     5-23      2

Northern Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   Ottawa Fury                   10   9   1   0   31-9   28
2   Laval Comets                 11   7   0   4   34-9   21
3   Toronto Lady Lynx         10   6   1   3   25-14  19
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos  9   3   0   6   14-22   9
5   Vermont Lady Voltage     10   2   0   8   9-31    6
6   Hamilton Avalanche        10   2   0   8   8-36    6

North East Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                      12  10   1   1   40-8   31
2   Jersey Sky Blue                              11   9   0   2   41-4   27
3   Northern Virginia Majestics               13   7   1  5  27-24   22
4   New Jersey Wildcats                       13   5   4   4   15-11  19
5   Boston Renegades                           12   6   0   6  11-26   18
6   Long Island Rough Riders                11   4   2   5   17-18  14
7   New York Magic                              14   1   3  10    8-32   6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 12  1   1  10   8-44    4   

Western Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   San Diego Sunwaves  10   6   1   3   21-10   19
2   Seattle Sounders        10   6   1   3   18-11   19
3   Vancouver Whitecaps  11   5   3   3   22-17   18
4   Fort Collins Force       11   4   1   6   16-26   13
5   Real Colorado Cougars 10   3   2   5   10-13  11
6   Mile High Edge           12   3   2   7  16-26   11
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 23, 2007, 09:18:02 PM
Week 11

Tuesday 17th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0

Wednesday 18th July

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 4

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 1 Fort Wayne Fever 2
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Chicago Gaels 4

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 3 Rochester Raging Rhinos 1
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Ottawa Fury 5

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 0 Jersey Sky Blue 3
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 Boston Renegades 6

Thursday 19th July

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 3 Real Colorado Cougars 1

Friday 20th July

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 5 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 2 West Michigan Firewomen 0
London Gryphons 3 Minnesota Lightning 2

Northern Division
Rochester Raging Rhinos 2 Hamilton Avalanche 1

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 2 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Western Division
San Diego Sunwaves 5 Fort Collins Force 2

Saturday 21st July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 8 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Chicago Gaels 3
Michigan Hawks 0 Minnesota Lightning 1

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 11 Vermont Lady Voltage 0
Toronto Lady Lynx 1 Laval Comets 1

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Washington Freedom 4
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 Jersey Sky Blue 2

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Real Colorado Cougars 0

Sunday 22nd July

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 2 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1

Midwest Division
London Gryphons 2 Michigan Hawks 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 4

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 2 Long Island Rough Riders 1
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Washington Freedom 4

Western Division
San Diego Sunwaves 2 Seattle Sounders 0
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 23, 2007, 11:49:52 PM
Atlantic Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1   Atlanta Silverbacks                 12   9   1   2    25-10   28
2   Richmond Kickers Destiny        12   9   1   2   25-10   28
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles             12   8   2   2   31-10    26
4   Cocoa Expos                         11   5   3   3   20- 8    18
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas        11   2   1   8     9-22     7
6   Bradenton Athletics                11  1   1   9     9-32     4
7   Fredericksburg Lady Gunners  11   1   1   9     6-33     4
Atlanta are divisional champions on head-to-head results v Richmond

Mid West Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1   Minnesota Lightning          12  10   1   1   27- 8    31
2   Michigan Hawks                12   8   1   3   27-13    25
3   Cleveland Internationals     12   8   0   4   30-16    24
4   Chicago Gaels                   12   7   1   4   39-16    22
5   London Gryphons              12   4   0   8    19-41   12
6   Fort Wayne Fever              12   1   2   9      7-27     5
7   West Michigan Firewomen  12   1   1  10     7-35     4

Northern Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1   Ottawa Fury                   12  11   1   0   47-9   34
2   Toronto Lady Lynx          12   7   2   3   29-16  23
3   Laval Comets                 12   7   1   4   35-10  22
4   Rochester Raging Rhinos 12   5   0   7   21-28  15
5   Hamilton Avalanche        12   2   0  10   11-42  6
6   Vermont Lady Voltage     12   2   0  10   9-47    6

North East Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1   Washington Freedom                      14  12   1   1   48-10  37
2   Jersey Sky Blue                              14  12   0   2   48-6   36
3   Northern Virginia Majestics               14   7   1  6  28-26   22
4   Boston Renegades                          14    7  0   7   19-31  21
5   New Jersey Wildcats                       14   5   4   5   16-13  19
6   Long Island Rough Riders                 14  5   2   7  20-24   17
7   New York Magic                              14   1   3  10    8-32   6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 14  1   1  12   9-54    4   

Western Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1   San Diego Sunwaves  12   8   1   3   28-12   25
2   Seattle Sounders        12   7   1   4   21-14   22
3   Vancouver Whitecaps  12   6   3   3   24-17   21
4   Fort Collins Force       12   4   1   7   18-31   13
5   Real Colorado Cougars 12   3   2   7   11-18  11
6   Mile High Edge           12   3   2   7  16-26   11
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 24, 2007, 11:36:01 AM
With the regular Divisional season over, the W League now goes into the end of season Conference and Divisional play offs.

The League Championship finals will be based in Rochester and the hosts, Rochester Raging Rhinos, get an automatic berth despite having an indifferent season.  The other three slots go to the winners of the the Central, Eastern and Western Conference titles.

Central Conference covers the Atlantic and Midwest Divisions and the title will be contested between the champions and runners-up of the two divisions.

Atlanta Silverbacks
Richmond Kickers Destiny
Minnesota Lightning
Michigan Hawks

Minnesota will host the Conference play-offs because of their superior regular season record.

Eastern Conference covers the North East and Northern Divisions and the title will be contested between the champions of the two divisions and the winners of two divisional play-offs between the 2nd/3rd placed teams in each division.

Ottawa Fury
Washington Freedom
Toronto Lady Lynx or Laval Comets
Jersey Sky Blue or Northern Virginia Majestics

Ottawa will host the Conference play-offs because of their superior regular season record.

Western Conference title is a straight play-off between the champions and runners-up in the Western Division.

San Diego Sunwaves
Seattle Sounders
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2007, 09:31:42 AM
Eastern Conference - Divisional Play-Offs

Jersey wins playoff opener 3-1
Sky Blue advance to conference playoff tournament
Jersey Sky Blue News Release - www.skybluesoccer.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

BEDMINSTER, NJ -- Tricia DiPaolo, Lara Dickenmann, and Katie Griffin all connected in the first half as Jersey Sky Blue cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Northern Virginia Majestics in the opening round of the W-League Eastern Conference playoffs at Drew University.

Sky Blue advances to face the Ottawa Fury on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the semifinal round in Ottawa. The Washington Freedom face the winner of tonight's game between the Toronto Lady Lynx and the Laval Comets in the other semifinal on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sky Blue wasted no time taking control of the game with two goals in the back of the net before the 20-minute mark. Dickenmann helped open the scoring in the eighth minute when she ran onto a bad back pass and looped the ball over the head of Majestics goalkeeper Kerri Butler. DiPaolo ran onto the bouncing ball and stuffed it into the open net for the 1- 0 lead.

The teams traded chances with Butler diving to stop a left-footed shot from Dickenmann in the 10th minute and with Ashley Banks going just wide right from the top left corner of the box in the 16th minute for Northern Virginia's only shot of the opening half.

In the 19th minute, Sky Blue added to the lead when Gina DeMaio lifted a nice pass up the middle of the field for Dickenmann. The Swiss striker lobbed a shot over the head of a helpless Butler from 15 yards out to give Sky Blue a two-goal lead.

Butler's diving save off a DiPaolo header from a DeMaio cross in the 22nd minute was the best chance for Sky Blue until the 42nd minute when Griffin added a goal for the 3-0 lead. Erla Arnardóttir swerved a nice ball up the left side of the field for Leah Tapscott and she beat Butler to the ball lifting a pass into the center of the box for Griffin to head into the vacated goal.

Sky Blue held a 16-2 advantage in shots in the second half but it was the Majestics that got the board after halftime with both shots coming on the scoring play. Substitute Jasmine Riley cut in on the left side before firing a high shot that forced Sky Blue keeper Erin Guthrie to make a diving save. Guthrie couldn't hold the ball and the rebound bounced right to Banks to bury into the open goal.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/matchreports/195232.html
 


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2007, 09:36:48 AM
Toronto clinch final Eastern Conference play-off spot

Lady Lynx rally past Laval 3-1 to advance
Toronto Lady Lynx News Release - www.lynxsoccer.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Lady Lynx picked a fine time to record their first-ever win over the Laval Comets, recording a 3-1 come-from-behind victory Wednesday at Centennial Park Stadium in the Division Round match-up.   

The Lady Lynx recorded three second-half tallies to sink the Comets and advance to the Eastern Conference finals this weekend being held in Ottawa.  Toronto will face the Northeast Division champion Washington Freedom at 2:00 PM at Keith Harris Stadium in the first semifinal.  The winner will face the winner of the second semifinal between the host Ottawa Fury and Jersey Sky Blue on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM in the Eastern Conference final.  The champion will represent the Eastern Conference in the W-League finals being held in Rochester the following weekend.

Laval opened the scoring early when Andreanne Gagne launched a mammoth shot to goal from 40 yards out, beating a leaping Justine Bernier in the Lynx goal to make the score 1-0 for the visitors in the 7th minute. 

The Lady Lynx, however, rallied quickly and began to push forward and attack their guests after the goal, but were unlucky on a number occasions and were not able to find the back of the net. The first half ended at 1-0 in favour of Laval.

Toronto continued to press after the interval, and within two minutes levelled the match.  Defender Lexi Marton, who was named to the W-League Team of the Week today after her strong performance in last week’s matches, recorded her first-ever goal to make the score 1-1 in the 47th minute.  Adrienne Ruhe Lischke corralled a loose ball inside the Laval penalty area and flicked it on to Marton, who chipped it past Marie-Pier Bilodeau in the Comets goal. 

Claire Ramsdale gave the Lady Lynx the lead ten minutes later when she also recorded her first W-League goal.  The English midfielder picked up a deflected ball inside the box and slammed it into the open Comets net to give the Lady Lynx their first lead of the evening at 2-1. 

Laval thought they had scored the equalizer one minute later, but the score was ruled offside and the game remained at 2-1 in favour of Toronto.

The Lady Lynx put the game away in the 70th minute when Stefania Morra headed home a brilliant left-footed cross from Danielle Blair to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.   

Laval battled to the end, but the Lady Lynx defense held, and the game ended in favour of the Lady Lynx.

The Lady Lynx will now make their second trip in three seasons to the Eastern Conference finals.  The club narrowly lost 2-0 to the Ottawa Fury in 2005 in the Conference Final, and will look to better that performance this weekend. 

The Washington Freedom, who joined the W-League from the now-defunct WUSA, present a formidable opponent for the Lady Lynx in their opening match, finishing the regular season a stellar 12-1-1 record and claiming the Northeast Division in their first season as a full-fledged member of the USL.  The club finished the season on a six-game winning streak, and boast a host of US Internationals and veterans of their 2003 WUSA championship squad. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart, however, expects his squad to be fully prepared for the encounter and looks forward to the challenge.  "We expect to win on Saturday.  We’ve matured as a squad as the season has progressed, and our performance tonight shows just how far we’ve came.  It’s exciting that we have the chance to move on and challenge for the W-League title."

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/matchreports/195242.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2007, 02:25:39 PM
Divisional and Conference Play-Offs

Wednesday 25th July

Northern Division Play-Off
Toronto Lady Lynx 3 Laval Comets 1

North East Division Play-Off
Jersey Sky Blue 3 Northern Virginia Majestics 1

Friday 27th July

Central Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Minnesota)
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Michigan Hawks 0
Minnesota Lightning 4 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2

Western Conference Play-Off Final (at San Diego)
San Diego Sunwaves 1 Seattle Sounders 2




Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2007, 02:29:21 PM
Atlanta grounds Hawks 4-0
Atlanta Silverbacks News Release - www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks Women showed no mercy in their first W-League playoff appearance tonight when they stunned the Michigan Hawks 4-0 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Silverbacks will advance to play for the Central Conference Championship tomorrow night at 8:00 pm against the Minnesota Lightning.

The Silverbacks Women got on the board first in the 13th minute when Sarah Steinmann netted her sixth goal of the season. Krista Davey sent the ball into Steinmann just inside the Hawks’ defensive third of the field, where she dribbled into the box, beat the keeper, and recorded the Silverbacks’ first postseason goal.

The Silverbacks doubled their lead in the 45th minute just before end of the half when Melanie Schneider played ball into Davey who shot a ball into the box and it deflected off a Hawks defender and went into the net.

The Silverbacks Women would not settle for just a two goal lead as Steinman put away another goal in the 73rd minute from the top of the box off an assist from Kay Harbrueger.

Harbrueger scored a goal of her own in the 86th minute when she tackled a Michigan defender, beat the Hawks’ goalkeeper, and tapped the ball into the net.

The Silverbacks Women left the field with their first postseason win and trip to the Central Conference Championship.

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2007, 02:34:07 PM
Lightning pull away in overtime 4-2
Minnesota Lightning News Release - www.mnthunder.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

ST PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Lightning defeated the Richmond Kickers Destiny 4-2 after an intense game that went into overtime. Caroline Smith scored three goals for the Lightning, two of them occurring in overtime to secure the win. The Lightning will play the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday at 7:05pm for the Central Conference Final.

It was a slow first few minutes for both teams, both teams only splitting about eight shots between them. The Lightning didn’t have a shot on goal in the first 15 minutes. In the 20th minute, the Lightning was looking to capitalize on a free kick by Caroline Smith. The shot went just wide for a Richmond possession.

The Lighting scored late into the first half, when Lyndsey Mueller was looking for a pass to Caroline Smith that went just over Smith’s head. The Richmond keeper was caught off guard and was on the ground along with Smith. Mueller’s shot trickled in the 38th minute, putting them up 1-0 to go into halftime.

The Lightning held off the Kickers late into the game. The most dangerous opportunity for Richmond came in the 40th minute when Karen Frederick took a free kick looking for Becky Saverbrunn. Sauerbrunn took the shot, but it went just wide for a Lightning goal kick.

The Lightning scored again in the 69th minute. After a ball from Jen Gaylor, Smith beat a defender and then the Richmond goalkeeper. Smith hit a ball into the open goal, scoring her first of three goals for the night.

Ann Gleason had a solid game, with 13 saves. In the 76th minute, Richmond’s leading scorer Jen Parsons went on a breakaway. Gleason came out fast, stopping the break before Richmond could score.

Richmond finally got on the board in the 79th minute. Savenbrunn was all alone with Gleason and finally got past the keeper. This made the score 2-1, but Richmond scored just shortly after in the 88th minute.

Sauerbrunn sent a ball from 30 yards out to Parsons. Parsons then hit the ball with the outside of her foot, finding the back of the net. This goal was crucial for the Kickers, and it sent the game into overtime, to see which team would advance to the conference championship.

The Lightning dominated the overtime, scoring twice in the short 30 minutes. Caroline Smith started her overtime scoring in the 103rd minute. After another assist from Gaylor, Smith beat Kickers defender Samara Stephen-Down and hit the ball just past the Richmond keeper. This put the Lightning up 3-2 early into the overtime.

Smith got her third and final goal of the game in the 110th minute. After an impressive attack against three defenders, Smith sent the ball soaring past the Richmond keeper for a Lightning goal and win. The Lightning finished the game winning 4-2 and advancing to the Central Conference Championship against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Kickoff is Saturday at 7:00pm.

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 10:50:04 AM
San Diego Sunwaves News Release - www.sandiegosunwaves.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Seattle Sounders defeated the San Diego Sunwaves 2-1 in the Western Conference Championship playoff match before 848 fans at Southwestern College's DeVore Stadium on Friday night.

Sunwaves players were so confident of advancing to the USL W-League championship round next weekend in Rochester, New York that they'd already cancelled previous commitments, planning to be out of town the first week in August.

Apparently the Seattle Sounders weren't aware of those plans, as their steady, aggressive play derailed the Sunwaves travel plans and hopes for a championship in their inaugural season.

Seattle, essentially the wild card team that the Sunwaves beat in the season finale last Sunday in San Diego to claim the Western Conference Championship, prevailed last night, also winning the season series 3-1.

Similar to last week's match, the Sunwaves opened the scoring when USD's Amy Epsten scored at the 30 minute mark putting the ball past former San Diego Spirit and WUSA star goalie Carly Smolak for a 1-0 lead. Jayme Cargnoni was credited with the assist.

But Seattle answered quickly, at the 34th minute when the Sounders Dani Bridges headed in a jump ball near the Sunwaves goal for a score. Malia Arrant received the assist. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second half was fairly even until the 60th minute when Seattle's Lyndsay Patterson put in a Michelle French feed for a 2-1 lead.

And despite a flurry of Sunwaves chances, that's how the game and the Sunwaves season would end, with a disappointing 2-1 loss and elimination from the playoffs.

"We were just a little off our game," commented Coach Elio Bello on the loss. "Seattle's a good team and they capitalized on a couple of our mistakes. They played a well-organized game. And we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."

Despite the loss the all agreed Sunwaves have much to be proud of and build upon. Taking into account that the Sunwaves are the new iteration of the former San Diego Gauchos; this inaugural Sunwaves team went from worst to first. Bello's optimistic for the future, saying that all the players, including Mexican superstar Maribel Dominguez want to come back and play for the Sunwaves next year.

"We've added quite a bit of talent since the last Gauchos team," added Sunwaves Goalkeeper Sophia Perez, a former Gauchos player. "It's amazing what a year can bring. We're a very good team that will be around for quite awhile."

Team co-owner Scott McDermand echoed Bello's and Perez's sentiments. "We're very proud of these girls. They're not only amazing athletes, but great role models. They played their hearts out all year and had a great season. We're so impressed with how they've carried themselves, both on and off the field."

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 10:53:42 AM
Conference Play-Offs

Saturday 28th July

Central Conference Play-Off Final  (at Minnesota)
Minnesota Lightning 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 5

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi-Finals (at Ottawa)
Ottawa Fury 4 Jersey Sky Blue 0
Washington Freedom 6 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2007, 10:58:50 AM
Backs blast Lightning 5-2
Atlanta moves on to W-League Championship
Minnesota Lightning News Release - www.mnthunder.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

ST PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Lightning came up short against the Atlanta Silverbacks in the Central Conference Championship Saturday night. The Silverbacks scored four of their goals in the first 30 minutes of the game. The Lightning couldn’t come back from the five goal deficit, and their season ended.

The Lightning played a hard game the night before, going into overtime with the Richmond Kickers Destiny. With no more than 24 hours to recover, it seemed the Lightning was a bit worn out from 120 minutes of play from the night before.

The Silverbacks started the scoring early in the 4th minute. Krista Davey chipped a ball to Christine Latham who put the ball past Ann Gleason for a Silverbacks goal very early in the first half.

The Silverbacks scored again in the 16th minute. Sharlota Nonen took a free kick looking for Melanie Schneider. Schneider hit the ball high over Gleason and the Silverbacks secured a 2-0 lead.

In the 22nd minute, the Silverback scored again. Davey beat a tired Lightning defense and was all alone with Gleason. She scored again for Atlanta, making the score 3-0.

The Silverbacks continued their scoring streak in the 30th minute. Nonen took a cornerkick for Atlanta, looking to get Latham her second goal of the game. Latham collected the ball and sent it past Gleason for the fourth Silverback goal very early in the game.

It seemed there was no hope for the Lightning until the closing minutes of the game. In the 85th minute Lindsey Schwartz sent a ball to leading scorer Caroline Smith. Smith beat three Silverback defenders and then hit the ball passed keeper Courtney Cripps. This made the score 5-1 Silverbacks.

The Lightning fought until the end of the game. Smith was fouled inside the Silverbacks penalty box and the Lightning was awarded a penalty kick. Smith lined up to take the kick and scored, making the score 5-2 in the 86th minute.

The Lightning couldn’t seem to get the three goals they needed in the short time, ending the game 5-2 in favor of Atlanta. The Lightning ended their season at an impressive 11-2-1 and 34 points. Atlanta will go on to play in the W-League Final Four in Rochester, New York.

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Post by: redrobin on July 30, 2007, 09:47:19 AM
Ottawa blanks Sky Blue 4-0
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

OTTAWA, ON -- The Fury soared past Jersey Sky Blue 4-0 this evening at Keith Harris Stadium, Carleton University to set up an intriguing Eastern Conference playoff final tomorrow evening at 5:00 PM against the Washington Freedom.

The Freedom had a comfortable 6-1 victory over the Toronto Lady Lynx in the first semi-final held earlier in the day. The winner of this weekend’s Conference finals will advance to the W-League Championship finals to be held next weekend in Rochester, New York.

The Fury and Sky Blue sparred with each other for the first 15 minutes with both sides showing perhaps too much respect to the other. Rachael Axon shot wide following a free kick early on and Kelly Parker and Jodie Taylor combined to force Erin Guthrie in the Sky Blue goal to save from Taylor. Both sides looked a little nervy at the back and it took a great save from Fury keeper Vanessa Bosshart-Phillips to keep the dangerous W-League leading scorer Lara Dickenmann off the score sheet.

The Fury would take the lead in the 30th minute when a through ball from Kelly Parker was converted by Jodie Taylor who held off a defender and best the onrushing Guthrie to the ball. It was Bosshart-Phillips to the rescue again in the 34th minute when she made a point blank save from Dickenmann after good work by Leah Tapscott. At the other end, Parker set Anne Hamel in down the right hand side and from Hamel’s pull back, Taylor’s fierce shot went narrowly wide. In the 41st minute, the Fury almost made it two when Parker pulled the ball back for Taylor whose shot was deflected across goal.

The second half started slowly with the Fury holding most of the possession for the first ten minutes. Gradually, the Fury began to create the better chances. In the 55th minute Parker just failed to turn home across from Hamel and ten minutes later Hamel fed Taylor whose shot screamed across the goalmouth. It was Taylor who broke the game open in the 68th minute when she took a pass from Anna Laue and ghosted her way around two Sky Blue defenders before slipping the ball past Guthrie into the net. The Sky Blue responded with a series of offensive substitutions but the Fury defence held firm with Faye White dominant in the aerial challenges.

In the 71st minute, Anna Laue sealed the game when she rose to head a fine cross from Hamel past the diving Guthrie. With Sky Blue pressing forward, a defensive mistake allowed Hamel to run in alone and shoot past the advancing Guthrie to make the score 4-0. There was still time for the Sky Blue’s Icelandic international Erla Arnadottir to hit the cross bar in the 78th minute and go close again in injury time.

The Washington Freedom advanced to Sunday’s playoff final after a comfortable 6-1 victory over the Toronto Lady Lynx. The Freedom established their superiority in the first half with two goals from Lori Lindsay and one from Christie Welsh. In the second half they added three more through Katie Watson, Kelly Hammond and Jill Porto. Alyssha Chapman got the Lynx on the score sheet.

The W-League regular season champions and #1 seed Ottawa Fury will now play the #2 seed Freedom for the right to go to the W-League Championships in Rochester where, as a result of the seedings, the winner will play the host Rochester Rhinos Women in the second semi-final on Friday night.

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Post by: redrobin on July 30, 2007, 09:50:16 AM
Freedom fly past Lady Lynx 6-1
Win puts Freedom versus Fury for conference title
Toronto Lady Lynx News Release - www.lynxsoccer.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Lady Lynx' 2007 W-League playoff run ended this afternoon with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Washington Freedom in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final at Keith Harris Stadium in Ottawa. 

The Freedom will now advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the host Ottawa Fury, who defeated the Jersey Sky Blue 4-0 in the other semi-final this afternoon. 

The Lady Lynx return home proudly with a stellar 8-4-2 record including regular season and playoff games in 2007.

Washington, a legacy of the champions of the now-defunct professional WUSA in 2003, dominated the match from the opening whistle, taking full advantage of their edge in experience over the young Lady Lynx team.  The Freedom scored three first-half tallies to take a 3-0 lead, and take control of the match. 

Veteran Lori Lindsey, a member of the 2003 WUSA championship team, opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and quickly made the score 2-0 with a second goal in the 26th minute. 

United States National Team striker Christie Welsh, who set up the opener, found the net five minutes later, and the route was on for the Freedom.   

The Lady Lynx fought gamely throughout the match, and tenacious midfielder Allysha Chapman slammed home a Brittany Bisnott feed to make the score 4-1 in the 78th minute, after midfielder Katie Watson had given Washington a 4-0 lead two minutes earlier. 

Kelly Hammond and Jill Porto added tallies in the 80th and 90th minutes respectively to round out the scoring for the Freedom.

"I'm proud of how the team played today and all season all season," said Lady Lynx head coach Danny Stewart after the loss.  "Today was a tough game against a very experienced team, and our girls played very well despite the scoreline.   We gained a lot of experience today though, and we will use it to our advantage next year.  We went one step further this year than last and we will use today to build towards taking the next step in 2008."

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Post by: redrobin on July 30, 2007, 09:53:30 AM
Conference Play-Offs

Sunday 29th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final (at Ottawa)
Ottawa Fury 0 Washington Freedom 1

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 31, 2007, 10:43:57 AM
Freedom end Ottawa's semifinal streak
Welsh goal send Washington to W-League Championship
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Sunday, July 29, 2007

OTTAWA, ON -- For the first time in five seasons, the Fury will not be going to the W-League Championship Final Four. A Christie Welsh goal in the 24th minute was enough to send the Washington Freedom, 1-0, to next weekend’s finals in Rochester, NY as the Eastern Conference champions. The Freedom will join the Atlanta Silverbacks, Seattle Sounders and host Rochester Rhinos in the final four.

Despite losing six players to the Canadian National team residency program, the Fury had put together an unbeaten regular season and reached the conference championship game Sunday by knocking off third-seeded Jersey Sky Blue 4-0.

The Fury started the game without the leadership of co-captain Kelly Parker who was nursing a groin injury. Head coach Frank Lofranco was forced to reshuffle his line up and it showed as the Fury were put under pressure by the Freedom and made uncharacteristic errors throughout the half. 

US international Christie Welsh showed all her experience in the 14th minute as she turned Faye White on the edge of the box, but fortunately for the Fury she shot wide.

Welsh would find the target on the 24th minute however when she netted a goal which would eventually prove to be the game winner. Australian international Kelly Golebiowski put Welsh in behind the Fury defence and she slotted the ball past Vanessa Bosshart-Phillips in the Fury goal.

Lori Lindsay caused the Fury problems throughout the half. She had a shot deflected which was saved by Bosshart-Phillips, shot wide when well placed and then set up a chance for Welsh which was brilliantly saved by the Fury keeper.

The Fury were fortunate to be only down a goal at the half. They regrouped at halftime and introduced Parker into the game. The move brought dividends as the Fury began to press the Freedom.

In the 54th minute it looked like the Fury had equalized but Marie-Eve Nault’s pile driver of a shot rebounded off the far post into play.

While trying to remain patient, the Fury pushed more and more players forward as the half progressed. This left openings at the back which Lindsay almost capitalized on but shot wide, and substitute Ali Andrzejewski hit a post when clear through the Fury defence.

The Fury mounted a series of attacks in the final minutes in search of a goal but despite close efforts from Faye White and Anna Laue, the Freedom were to carry the day. The shots were even at 6 and Katie Spisak earned the shutout for the Freedom.

The Fury finish the season as W-League regular season champions and with a record of 12-1-1 but the W-League championship remains as elusive as ever.

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 04, 2007, 08:21:32 PM
League Championship Play-Offs

Friday 3rd August

Semi Finals (in Rochester, NY)
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Seattle Sounders 1
Washington Freedom 3 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 06, 2007, 10:50:20 AM
League Championship Play-Offs

Sunday 5th August

3rd Place Play-Off
Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 Seattle Sounders 2

Championship Final
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Washington Freedom 3
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 06, 2007, 07:30:48 PM
Washington Wins 2007 W-League Title
US international Christie Welsh leads Freedom to championship
USL News Release

Sunday, August 5, 2007

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Washington Freedom rode two first half goals in Rochester, New York Sunday to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks to capture the 2007 W-League Championship in their first season in the league.

Washington set the tone immediately with a goal less than a minute into the match when Rebecca Moros split the Atlanta defense on the right side of the box and sent a 16-yard shot over the reach of goalkeeper Courtney Cripps into the far side of the goal.

Semifinal standout Sarah Huffman set up the second goal to double the lead in the 40th minute when she sent a perfect through ball past the back line of the Silverbacks to an on-rushing Christie Welsh. The US international, who spent part of the season in the Women’s National Team camp, put the shot past Cripps for what proved to be the game-winner.

“It was a great ball,” said Welsh, who was honored as the W-League Championship Most Valuable Player. “Sarah Huffman has been playing great for us all year and she played a perfect ball through and I just had to find the corner.”

Atlanta put some life into the match in the 67th minute when Sarah Steinman took the ball on the right flank from a pair of Washington defenders and sent a cross into the box. Flying into the penalty area from the left side, Krista Davey got to the end of the cross and cut the lead in half from eight yards out.

“They picked it up big time and we did a great job of connecting with each other and keeping our rhythm even though they were down our throats for a bit,” said Welsh. “We came out and played a great game today and I’m proud of the way our team performed.”

Second half sub Tiffany McCarty put away a mishandled save in the 88th minute to put the match away for the Freedom. Jill Porto created the goal when she danced her way into the box from the left flank and beat two Silverbacks defenders before letting loose a low line drive. Cripps saw the shot slip through her hands and between her legs as she dropped to the turf, allowing the 16-year old McCarty to crash in on goal and outstretch an Atlanta defender to tap in the insurance strike.

The Freedom, winners of the 2003 WUSA Founder’s Cup III championship, took home their second USL championship following last year’s USL Super-20 Women’s Championship. Starters Kele Golebiowski, Lori Lindsey and Casey Zimney were all members of the 2003 championship team. Super-20 champions Katherine Watson and Chante Sandiford were with the team in Rochester. Watson saw 16 minutes off the bench in the semifinals while Sandiford, the Super-20 Championship MVP last year, did not see action serving as the back-up goalkeeper.

Sounders earns Third Place hat-trick

For the third time in as many trips to the W-League final four, the Seattle Sounders side won the consolation match to earn a Third Place finish in the league, downing the host Rochester Rhinos in a back-and-forth 2-1 decision Sunday. They previously finished third in 2003 and 2006.

After controlling much of the play in the first half and outshooting the Rhinos, 13-4, the Sounders came out firing in the second, and took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute courtesy of Malia Arrant’s first goal of the postseason. The Sounders midfielder placed a right-footed strike from 20 yards out past a diving McKenzie and into the lower left corner of the net.

Rochester seemed to have tied the game in the 68th minute, but midfielder Erica Henderson’s goal was called back because of an offside play.

Kinmond was onside in the 70th minute, however, when she brushed off three defenders and stuck a right-footed shot from ten yards inside the left post. The 15-year-old Kinmond will enter her sophomore year at Spencerport High School this fall.

Seattle’s game-winner came off the head of Arica Slawson in the 75th minute following a strong cross from Pulse on the right side.

Kinmond nearly tied the score again in the 78th minute, but Seattle defender Nicole Martinez kept the Rhinos youngster at bay in a one-on-one situation inside the penalty area.

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 28, 2007, 12:39:25 PM
RailHawks add W-League team
Women's soccer returns to Carolina at SAS
Carolina RailHawks News Release - www.carolinarailhawks.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

CARY, NC -- The Carolina RailHawks announced on Wednesday night the formation of a USL W-League women’s soccer team for the 2008 season.

The Carolina RailHawks Women will play home games in the Atlantic Division of the USL W-League at SAS Soccer Park in Cary. The team will be coached by Jay Howell, Director of Coaching for the Capital Area Soccer League and will be comprised by some of the best talent the Triangle has to offer. Star players from Duke, NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill as well as Wake Forest University and UNC-Greensboro have already agreed to be a part of the team.

“The Triangle has a tradition of producing fantastic women’s soccer teams and players at the club and collegiate level,” said Jay Howell. “Like the Raleigh Wings and the Carolina Courage in the past, this team will showcase the best soccer talent from this area and beyond. I am excited and honored to coach the new W-League team. This will be a wonderful opportunity to work with high quality players, and to represent the Carolina RailHawks organization.”

The W-League is the USL’s highest level of women’s soccer in the US and Canada. Founded in 1995, the 2007 season was comprised of thirty-five teams divided in four conferences playing twelve or fourteen regular season matches. The W-League is also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The W-League features some of the top players in the world; fifty-four current and former W-League players are currently participating in the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China representing nine countries and seventeen current W-League teams.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing women’s soccer back to the Triangle,” said Carolina RailHawks President and GM Chris Economides. “This will be a great addition to the ever growing Carolina RailHawks Family.”

This new W-League franchise is not the first women’s soccer team to live in the Triangle. The Raleigh Wings were the area’s first elite women’s soccer team and were arguably the best club team in the world at the time, dominating play in the W-League between 1998 and 2000 with players like Wendy Gebauer, Siri Mullinix and Carla Overbeck. Overbeck was one of the founding members of the Carolina Courage of the now defunct Women’s United Soccer Association, who in 2002 and 2003 took residence at SAS Soccer Park bringing soccer fans to the stadium to enjoy professional soccer.

“The Carolina Courage were such a big part of this community when they were here, from 2001-2003, that we felt an obligation to bring a women’s team back to the Triangle,” said Carolina RailHawks VP of Marketing and former Carolina Courage Sponsorship Director Brad Myers. “The fact that the now defunct WUSA was unsuccessful was not indicative of the Courage’s success in this area. From community relations, to sponsorships, to attendance, the Courage was a leader in the league and a model for other women’s franchises. We hope to emulate that success and put a quality product on the field as well as a team that is active in the community in which they play.”

The Carolina RailHawks continue to have a strong impact in the community both on and off the field. The addition of the W-League will further the success the RailHawks organization and help them soar to new heights in 2008.

http://carolinarailhawks.com/press-releases/carolina-railhawks-announce-usl-w-league-team-for.html


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on October 06, 2007, 07:47:58 PM
Outrage for new Kalamazoo club
Expansion side unveils name and logo for PDL, W-League teams
Kalamazoo Outrage News Release - www.tkosoccer.org

Friday, October 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO, MI – TKO Premier Soccer Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan officially unveiled the name and logo of its expansion Premier Development League and W-League teams. The Kalamazoo Outrage will take the field in the summer of 2008.

The Kalamazoo Outrage name was one of two finalists that were selected from over 100 entries to the “Name the PDL and W-League Contest” that was held last spring. A vote was held on the TKO Premier Soccer website, and The Kalamazoo Outrage received the most votes.

The winning name was submitted by 14-year old Alyssa Davison of Mattawan. Alyssa said that she pick the name because it sounded “intimidating and cool,” She stated, “It would be really neat to someday be able to play on a team that you named.” As winner of the contest, Alyssa will receive a family season ticket for 2008, a team jersey, and a team gear package.

“It was nice to get the community involved in the naming of these soccer teams,” said TKO President Doug Hammerberg. “When it comes down to it, these are community soccer teams, and we felt that it was imperative that the community have a voice in naming them.”

The idea for the Kalamazoo Outrage logo was developed over several months in collaboration with a University of Michigan-bound artist and a local web designer. The club name TKO has been undefined since the inception of the club and we wanted the Outrage logo to maintain some of the same mysteriousness.

Simon Borst sketched the original design loosely basing it on a Raptor.

“When we first started considering logos and design concepts we wanted to represent more of an emotion instead of an object or mascot. We wanted simple, different. In the beginning several attempts and ideas were presented. None of it seemed right. Our patience paid off. We are very pleased with the result and have had a lot of positive feedback. Simon has held true to TKO. The creature depicted in the logo is ambiguous, without a true definition."

The color and style of the Kalamazoo Outrage logos also match the new TKO club logo in design.

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Post by: redrobin on October 17, 2007, 08:03:44 PM
W-League expands to Palisades in LA
Blues to be guided by experienced coaching staff
USL News Release

Monday, October 15, 2007

TAMPA, FL -- It was announced today that the Pacific Palisades in the greater Los Angeles area will be the home of the newest W-League expansion team, the Pali Blues. California businessmen Ali Mansouri and Rudi Bianchi announced that they have secured the rights to the new team, which will be headed up by successful W-League coach Charlie Naimo.

“We have always been impressed by the high level of support and participation in women’s soccer among the Palisades residents,” Mansouri commented. “We have always been interested in bringing the highest level team soccer team to the area, and now our dream has been fulfilled.”

Mansouri, a former college soccer player in Ohio, has lived in the Pacific Palisades since 1999. He serves as the President and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Blues Soccer Club, Inc. Bianchi was born in Italy and has lived in the Pacific Palisades since 1985. The Milan native has seen a lifetime of success in soccer at both the playing and coaching level. He has also served in many organizational and management positions in the world of soccer, including his serving on the organizing committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Pali Blues will be the third business the two proprietors operate under the L.A. Blues Soccer Club banner.

Also announced was the hiring of Kenzo Bergeron to the position of Director of Operations. In addition to experience, Bergeron brings a sincere passion and respect for the women’s game to the Pali Blues.

“For too long, there has been a shortage of pro quality environments for the highly talented female player to demonstrate their talents,” Bergeron stated. “Now they will have one right here in the LA area.”

Bergeron grew up in the West Los Angeles area and has coached soccer for over ten years. He is currently the director of a local soccer camp and coaches the Crossroads School Girls’ Varsity soccer team.

“I believe that the Pali Blues Soccer Club has great potential to succeed in the Palisades, which is why we chose this area as a home site,” Bergeron continued. “I believe that the Palisades will welcome our club and players. The formation of this club is exciting, and I know that we will stand out as one of the best women’s soccer organizations in the country.”

The Pali Blues announced that former W-League Coach of the Year, Charlie Naimo, will serve as the club’s inaugural head coach and general manager, while Skylar Little will handle the assistant coaching duties.

“I have no doubt that we will put together a championship-caliber team this season,” Naimo predicted. “The Pali Blues organization is very welcoming, and I look forward to getting everything started on and off the field.”

Over the last four seasons, Naimo has amassed an astounding 53-3-0 regular season coaching record. He coached this past season for Jersey Sky Blue. The first-year franchise finished 12-2-0 in the regular season before falling to the Ottawa Fury in the conference championship semifinal. The club led the league in goals for and goals against while producing the W-League’s Most Valuable Player, Lara Dickenmann.

“We believe that Charlie possesses the skills to create a winning tradition for our club,” Pali Blues co-owner Ali Mansouri said in reference to Naimo’s hiring. “His enthusiasm for the game is matched only by his record of success.”

Naimo first put on the head coaching hat in 1998 with the Central Jersey Splash and shortly after was honored as the W-League Coach of the Year in 1999. After a stop with the New Brunswick (NJ) Power, he took over a struggling New Jersey Wildcats club, and with the assistance of the team’s ownership orchestrated an entire reconstruction of the organization. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo compiled a 41-1-0 regular season record, leading the club to regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while winning the W-League championship in 2005. In 2005 the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year.

“Charlie has a wealth of experience working with players at all levels and has an unbelievable pool of players from which to draw,” Pali Blues Director of Operations Kenzo Bergeron stated. “The southern California soccer culture will embrace Charlie as a professional and hard-working talent.”

In addition to the hiring of Naimo, the Pali Blues announced that former WUSA player Skylar Little will assume the role of assistant coach. Along with her twin sister, Jacqui, the Palisades native was regarded as one of the best players to emerge from the region. Little started every game over her four-year college career at UCLA, filling a trophy case along the way. Her sophomore year, she was named the team’s Most Improved Player before being named team captain prior to her junior year. In addition to being named an All-America honorable mention that season, the UCLA Most Valuable Player was named to the NSCAA All-Far West team and the Soccer Buzz All-West first team. She was again named club captain and Most Valuable Player her senior year. Little went on to play in the Women’s United Soccer Association for the Washington Freedom for the three years that the league was in existence.

“I am really excited about the idea of having a W-League team in the Palisades,” Little commented. “I believe that it is a team that the community will really support.”

Bergeron also expressed his happiness regarding the hiring of Little.

“Skylar is regarded as one of the most talented female players to ever emerge from this area,” he continued. “The relationships that she has with her alma maters, Marymount High School and UCLA, will be very important for our club.”

The Pali Blues logo incorporates the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean for which the city of Pacific Palisades is known as ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.’ The town is a well known area in LA famous for former residents California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and 40th US President Ronald Reagan, as well as movie mogul Steven Spielberg.

http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/209323.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on October 17, 2007, 11:08:13 PM
Quite a controversial move, really. The W League and WPSL are rivals of about the same standard. For a club to switch between them is rare.

FC Indiana joins W-League
W-League returns to Indianapolis in 2008
USL News Release

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday that FC Indiana, a successful and established women’s team in the United States, has acquired the W-League franchise rights for Indianapolis and will begin play in the 2008 season in the Midwest Division.

“We are thrilled to have FC Indiana join the W-League family,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “We have always felt that their club, on and off the field, met the high standards of the W-League, and have no doubt that they will match the excellence already displayed by many of our clubs.”

Established in 2001, FC Indiana has dominated the WPSL since 2004, winning league championships in 2005 and 2007. They also captured the 2005 USASA Women’s National Open Cup and reached the 2007 final. The team is coached by Shek Borkowski, who has a record of 46-5-3 with the team. Under Borkowski, FC Indiana has been unbeaten at home for the last three years.

“Joining the W-League represents a new and exciting challenge for all our players and coaching staff,” said Borkowski. “There are some very good teams in our division, and I’m aware of the dangerous players such as Caroline Smith from Minnesota who played for me before, so we expect a very tough competition in every match.”

Like many W-League clubs, FC Indiana has grown beyond just a women’s team, incorporating a youth program and a recently-opened indoor facility, which is home to their office in Lafayette, Indiana. The 60,000 square foot multi-level facility houses an indoor training field on one floor with the offices, locker rooms, and exercise facility on the other.

At the close of their 2007 season, FC Indiana defeated the Women’s World Cup-bound New Zealand Women’s National Team 1-0 in an international friendly. The club also boasts wins over the Women’s National Teams of Australia and Trinidad and Tobago.

The core players from the 2007 championship winning squad including Mexican international and last season’s team’s leading goal scorer Monica Ocampo, Australian Aivi Luik, and former NCAA Division I standouts Christie Shaner (Notre Dame), Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), and Lisa Grubb (Ohio State) are expected to return for the 2008 season. The team will play its home games at Kuntz Memorial Stadium in Indianapolis, the previous home of the Indiana Blaze (W-League) and Blast (USL First Division).

Club ownership is also involved with the ownership group led by highly regarded soccer executive Peter Wilt for the Chicago-based team committed to the new professional women’s soccer league set to begin play in 2009. They would be the third W-League franchise directly involved in the launch of the new league, joining Jersey Sky Blue and the former WUSA side Washington Freedom.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/209646.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 09, 2007, 01:07:51 AM
2008 W-League details announced
Alignment and competition structure set for next season
USL News Release

Friday, December 7, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Friday details for the 2008 USL W-League season, which will see two divisions swap conferences for the upcoming campaign. Among the details finalized recently at the 2007 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL were the alignment, schedule and playoff details for the upcoming campaign.

The W-League will consist of 41 teams in 2008. The biggest change in the alignment is the shifting of the Northern Division to the Central Conference and the Atlantic Division’s move to the Eastern Conference. Several teams were also re-aligned to accommodate the new divisional adjustments.

“The time had come to take a step back and look at the overall alignment without divisional groupings and make adjustments based on the interest of the overall long-term health of the league and its member teams,” said W-League Director of Operations Kristin Lettiere. “We believe 2008, the league’s 14th season, will be an outstanding campaign with this fresh look to the alignment along with 10 new clubs in the league this year. The new rivalries created by the re-alignment and the influx of the new teams should bring a new excitement for W-League fans everywhere.”

Expansion teams that have been formally announced to date are the Kalamazoo Outrage, FC Indiana, Carolina RailHawks, Pali Blues and Connecticut. The Carolina Dynamo will also make a return to the league after a year’s absence. Additional expansion teams yet to be announced will be in Tampa (FL), West Virginia, Los Angeles and Ventura (CA).

All teams in the league, excluding the Western Conference, will play a 14-game regular season schedule. The Western Conference sides will play a 12-game season. The season will open May 2 and close July 20.

The playoffs will begin almost immediately with a midweek divisional playoff round. The three Conference Championship Tournaments will be held July 25-27. The W-League Championship Tournament will be held August 1 and 3. The W-League Championship host is determined via a bid process with the host team receiving a bye to the W-League Semifinals August 1.

W-League Alignments and Playoff Structure by Conference

Central Conference

Midwest Division: Chicago Gaels, Cleveland Internationals, Fort Wayne Fever, FC Indiana, Kalamazoo Outrage, Michigan Hawks, Minnesota Lightning, West Michigan Firewomen
Northern Division: Hamilton Avalanche, Laval Comets, London Gryphons, Ottawa Fury, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Toronto Lady Lynx, Vermont Lady Voltage, Western Mass Lady Pioneers

Central Conference Playoffs: The playoffs open with a Divisional Round between the second and third-place teams in the Northern Division hosted by the higher seed. The winner of the Divisional Round will advance to the conference tournament with the regular season Northern Division champion and the top two teams from the Midwest Division. The top seeds will play the lower seeds from the opposite division in the conference semifinals. The conference champion will advance to the W-League Championship Tournament. The regular season conference champion has the first right to host the conference tournament if they meet the pre-established hosting requirements.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division: Atlanta Silverbacks, Bradenton Athletics, Carolina Dynamo, Carolina RailHawks, Charlotte Lady Eagles, Hampton Roads Piranhas, Richmond Kickers Destiny, Tampa (TBA), West Virginia (TBA)
Northeast Division: Boston Renegades, Connecticut, Fredericksburg Lady Gunners, Jersey Sky Blue, Long Island Rough Riders, New Jersey Wildcats, New York Magic, Northern Virginia Majestics, Washington Freedom

Eastern Conference Playoffs: The playoffs open with a Divisional Round between the second and third-place teams in the Northeast Division hosted by the higher seed. The winner of the Divisional Round will advance to the conference tournament with the regular season Northern Division champion and the top two teams from the Atlantic Division. The top seeds will play the lower seeds from the opposite division in the conference semifinals. The conference champion will advance to the W-League Championship Tournament. The regular season conference champion has the first right to host the conference tournament if they meet the pre-established hosting requirements.

Western Conference

Alignment: Fort Collins Force, Los Angeles (TBA), Pali Blues, Real Colorado Cougars, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Ventura (TBA)

Western Conference Playoffs: The regular season conference champion will play host to the second-place finisher in the Conference Championship match. The winner advances to the W-League Championship Tournament.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/216914.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 10, 2007, 01:53:43 PM
The manager/coach scenario in the US doesn't normally stir my interest except for perhaps the clamour for Ryan's head during and after the World Cup in China. This one caught my eye though because Keith Jones was one of the unsung heroes of the Charlton side that finally made it to the FA Premiership a decade ago. Last year he took the Atlanta Silverbacks to the W League Championship Final and it's just been confirmed that he'll be back for 2008.

Jones back as Silverbacks coach in 2008
Atlanta Silverbacks News Release - www.atlantasilverbacks.com
Friday, December 7, 2007

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced first-year W-League coach Keith Jones will return for a second campaign in 2008 after leading the club to the W-League Championship match in 2007.

Just three seasons after the Atlanta Silverbacks launched a USL W-League franchise, the Atlanta Silverbacks Women have become a dominating force in the league both on and off the field.

On the field, the Silverbacks advanced to the 2007 W-League Championship match, winning a Central Conference and Atlantic Division title along the way. The team fell just shy of playoff qualification in the first two years, but in 2007 the Silverbacks went 12-3-1 and made numerous franchise records. The Silverbacks went 5-0-1 at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium, joining just five other teams in the entire W-League to remain undefeated at home.

Head Coach Keith Jones led the team throughout the successful season.

"We’re happy to have Keith back for another year," commented Silverbacks’ W-League Executive Director Laura Fedrigo. "He did a great job last season in his first year with the team and we’re looking forward to bringing home a championship this time around."

Off the field, the United Soccer Leagues recognized the Atlanta Silverbacks as the W-League Organization of the Year - the highest honors for any W-League franchise. The Silverbacks received the award at the USL’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner in Tampa, FL.

"We feel we’ve made great progress since starting the franchise in 2005 and we’re looking forward to the 2008 season," said Silverbacks’ President and CEO Stephen Pratten. "Both players and staff have worked hard to put a quality product on the field for our Atlanta fans and I’m very pleased that hard work has been recognized at the league level."

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/216912.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 20, 2007, 11:17:22 AM
PDL rivals add W-League teams

Ventura County and Los Angeles expand for 2008
USL News Release

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today that the Ventura County Fusion and Los Angeles Storm of the Premier Development League will be adding W-League franchises to their clubs for the 2008 campaign, extending their rivalry into the women’s game.

The pair round out the seven-team Western Conference, and will be part of a trio of new teams in the greater Los Angeles area along with the expansion Pali Blues.

“We are thrilled that two of our PDL franchises have made a commitment to the women’s game through the W-League and look forward to what should be an exciting season in Southern California soccer,” said W-League Director of Operations Kristin Lettiere. “As we continue to expand on the west coast, we believe that these three California clubs will serve as a solid foundation for future growth. Each brings a unique identity to the league via their club structure and staff that will make the Western Conference very dynamic.”

In just their first year in the PDL the Ventura County Fusion were playoff contenders in an extremely competitive Southwest Division as the top four teams finished within a two-point spread in the standings. The Fusion, at 9-4-3, narrowly missed the postseason by those two points.

Ventura was also a leader off the field, finishing fifth in the PDL in attendance with an average of 1,176 on the year, joining the Fresno Fuego (3,068) as the leaders in the Western Conference.

"We are exciting to be bringing the highest level of women’s soccer in the US to the Ventura County areas,” said Fusion General Manager Ranbir Shergill. “Our goal was always to expand the Fusion brand and the addition on the W-League is a very exciting move for our soccer loving public and female soccer players. Having a successful fisrt season in the PDL with tremendous community support meant that the W-League was just a natural progression in creating the all-embracing soccer organization. The acquisition brings us closer to completing the top-to-bottom soccer pyramid model that every soccer organization in the US is trying to strive for."

The Los Angeles Storm saw improvement in 2007 as they moved up the table from their inaugural 2006 campaign, finishing fifth at 6-5-5 for the year. The Storm also saw success off the field with their attendance growing over 30 percent from their opening campaign as several games had crowds in excess of 1,000. The club also played host to over 2,200 fans in a friendly with Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA.

The Storm’s new W-League franchise, name to be announced, will serve as the peak of the women’s pyramid for the club’s youth partner Glendora Football Club. Glendora FC is also a member of the Super Y-League via the team’s participation in the Coast Soccer League, which serves as the SYL’s Pacific Southern California Division. The U13 Girls advanced to the SYL North American Finals last November and finished 1-1-1 in a group in which the top two teams advanced to the semifinals. Glendora played the group-winner and eventual North American Champion Cleveland Internationals to a 1-1 draw.

"We wanted a W-League team from the very beginning, but just wanted to make sure the timing was right before launching a second team," said Storm co-owner and General Manager Josh Hodges. "We have built a very strong fan base and foundation with our PDL team over the past two years and I believe that our fans will welcome the addition of a W-League team with open arms, especially since most of the games will be doubleheaders."

"The competitive girls’ level of our youth partner Glendora FC is growing rapidly and it is very realistic to think that we could take players from our youth system and have them compete for us at this level in the near future. Our surrounding communities have a lot of talent. We are excited to provide a platform for these players to compete locally at the highest level US Soccer has to offer women and give our younger players something to aspire to."

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/218470.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 29, 2007, 11:49:08 PM
Fusion to field women's team in '08
by Joe Curley 
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Not content to be a one-year wonder, Ventura County Fusion soccer club announced Tuesday the creation of a women's team that will play in the W-League, the top women's league in North America.

The Fusion women's team will begin play in May in a reshaped Western Conference. The team will announce a head coach later this week. Tryouts begin next month at Ventura College.

"Part of our goal at the outset was having the complete club-level pyramid, being an all-embracing club," said Fusion general manager Ranbir Shergill.

"A big part of our presence in Ventura County was that we cater to the women's game. It's something we've thought about since we started."

The announcement is a sign the Fusion, the closest thing the county has to a professional sports franchise, plans to be a summer fixture for local sports fans for years to come.

"It shows our long-term commitment to the franchise, to the community and to the game," said Shergill.

The W-League is part of the United Soccer Leagues, which also includes the Premier Development League. With a roster that included nine players who played for UCLA and UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Division I men's national title game, plus 10-goal English striker Mark Draycott, the Fusion men's team was 9-4-3 in its inaugural PDL season last summer, one win from a Southwest Division title and postseason berth.

The Fusion hopes to build on that success in the W-League, which has filled the void for professionals and internationals since the 2003 collapse of WUSA, yet still maintains "open" status that allows elite collegiate players to participate without compromising their amateur status.

The Fusion will be one of 17 clubs that play in both the PDL and W-League. Shergill said the club will host at least three men's and women's doubleheaders this coming season and have an announcement soon on the development of its youth academy.

"It's a natural progression toward completing the top-to-bottom pyramid model that every soccer organization in the U.S. is striving for," said Shergill.

The W-League sent 54 current and former players, representing nine countries and 17 franchises, to the Women's World Cup in China earlier this year, including Formiga (Brazil) and Faye White (England). U.S. internationals Cat Whitehill, Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly won the 2005 W-League title with the New Jersey Wildcats.

The team will play a 12-game schedule in a conference that includes two other expansion franchises in Southern California, the Palisades Blues and the Los Angeles Storm, three existing teams in Colorado and two historic teams in the Pacific Northwest, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders.

"We've finally tapped into the California market, which is where we've struggled," said Kristin Lettiere, the W-League's Director of Operations. "We're thrilled that we've finally got some teams in the Southern California area.

"It's one of the biggest things we've been working on for the last three years."

The Western Conference includes the Vancouver Whitecaps, for which U.S. international Tiffeny Milbrett and Canadian superstar Christine Sinclair, who tied for the most goals in the 2002 Women's World Cup, are current and former players.

Sinclair is expected to spend the season preparing for the Olympics with the Canadian national team.

"I haven't heard from a lot of teams lately," said Lettiere. "They'll get as many big names as they can. Honestly, it depends on which countries are in the (Olympic) tournament."

The local response was triumphant.

"I haven't heard about it, but I think everyone would be interested in that," said Oaks Christian senior Kelsea Smith, who has committed to Pepperdine. "That's exciting. It's about time."

"It's a great opportunity for women that love the game and want to pursue it," said Buena High senior Amelia Mathis, who will play soccer for UCLA next year.

"Of course I think it's a wonderful opportunity for girls who continue to aspire to play at the next level," said Vince Thomas, who coached Mathis on two national championship youth club teams with the Camarillo Eagles. "I would love to see it grow into something that's lasting."

The last two Western State Conference Most Valuable Players both said they'd try out.

"I'm so excited," said former Ventura College star Sienna Kluck. "I think we'll have a great team."

"For sure, I love soccer and anytime I can support it or go out and play, that's something that I'm interested in," said Moorpark College sophomore Jessica Zuehlsdorf.

Kelsey Davis, the Thousand Oaks native who keeps goal for University of Portland, has several friends who play for the Whitecaps.

"Anytime that you can get a team like this locally, it's awesome for the younger kids to look up to and for players my age to compete on," said Davis.

The U.S. Under-23 national team goalkeeper was certainly interested in learning more about the team.

"If I decide to come home this summer, it's cool that I have a team for play for," said Davis.

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/dec/19/fusion-to-field-womens-team-in-08/


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 30, 2007, 12:00:40 AM
RailHawks looking at Triangle's talent

Dozens of men and women try out
by Rachel Carter

RALEIGH
Jay Howell took the field to look for more players for his RailHawks women's team, which will begin play mid-May in the W-League. None of the players will be getting paid -- the W-League is usually a mix of professional players and college players who are not paid and can keep their college eligibility.

Howell has 14 commitments and hopes to have roughly 22 players by February.

Anna Rodenbough, one of North Carolina's goalkeepers, already has committed to play for the RailHawks women. She and a number of other players already committed turned up for the tryouts to help Howell.

Millbrook senior Casey Godwin, who will play at UNC-Greensboro in the fall, said she wanted to test her skills.

"It's a just good opportunity," she said. "This is the first year they've done it with girls, and I just wanted to come see how I could do."

Howell has been getting inquiries from pros, college athletes and moms who want to get back into the game.

RailHawks president and general manager Chris Economides said he was more eager to watch the women's tryouts than the men's. Raleigh previously had a successful W-League team in the Raleigh Wings, which won league titles in 1998 and 1999. The short-lived Carolina Courage also thrived in the Triangle, winning the WUSA title in 2002, before the league folded.

"With the girls, we're where we were last year," Economides said. "This is brand new, it's a new horizon for us. ... We're very excited. This is a great community in terms of supporting women's soccer here. We're very proud and pleased to bring it back."

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/story/844425.html


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 07, 2008, 07:28:22 PM
West Virginia newest W-League side

Illusion to begin play in Morgantown in 2008

USL and West Virginia Illusion News Release - www.westvirginiaillusion.com

Monday, January 7, 2008

MORGANTOWN, WV -- The West Virginia Illusion announced Monday the formation of a USL W-League women’s soccer team for the 2008 season. The W-League franchise will be based in Morgantown and will be the first elite women’s soccer franchise in the history of the state of West Virginia.

The West Virginia Illusion will be members of the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division in 2008. The team will be coached by Joe Dorini, Director of Coaching for West Virginia United Soccer Club and Director of Soccer Operations at PROPerformanceRx, and will consist of past WVU stars as well as the best talent in the surrounding areas.

“West Virginia has always been an unknown item in the soccer community and we are hoping to show that this area has some great talent to offer. We have some real good backing and great family ownership (The Lynch Family) that will help us create a soccer environment suited for the best teams in the country. We are contacting many schools and soccer powers in the area to bring some great talent to the team as well as some possible unknown players to make a surprise impact,” said Head Coach and General Manager Joe Dorini.

Dorini brings professional USL experience as well as high level coaching experience to the team having played for the Carolina Dynamo in the USL Second Division. He is assisted by Christen “Suggie” Seaman, a former standout defender at WVU, will take on player-coach duties. Marisa Kanela, another former WVU star, has also committed to the team for the 2008 season.

The team will be training out of PROPerformanceRx, an 80,000 square foot training and fitness facility in Morgantown, WV (www.properformancerx.com).

Future endeavors for the Illusion include bringing Super Y-League and USL Super-20 League teams to the area. The club is currently setting up youth camps throughout North Central West Virginia for the next upcoming months and though the summer.

"We hope to make the WV Illusion a hometown team by involving the community and by providing a family friendly atmosphere to every home game and Illusion event. Our goal is to provide exciting high level and competitive team to the Morgantown area. We are going to be affiliated with West Virginia United Soccer Club, and also the West Virginia Chaos of the USL Premier Development League, as well as having open arms to anyone who wants to be a part of our commitment to the community. We can’t wait to start in May 2008,” said Dorini.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/220007.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 17, 2008, 12:09:51 PM
New Los Angeles Legends

In December, the Los Angeles Storm announced that would be joining the W-League's Western Conference next summer. Following the latest announcement yesterday, the Storm have been relaunched as the Legends following further amalgamations with local clubs.

Los Angeles Legends News Release
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The ownership of the Los Angeles Storm Premier Development League team announced today the finalization of a merger of two local youth clubs in the area Glendora FC and FC Stampede with the PDL and its new sister W-League side, forging the newly-named Los Angeles Legends Football Club.

After two years of competing in the USL and now the addition of the W-League franchise, the ownership felt it is important to take the next step towards their vision for a true soccer development program. The Los Angeles Legends PDL and W-League franchises will serve as the peak of the development pyramid for the newly formed Legends Football Club. Both GFC & Stampede have operated successfully for the past six years and agreed that joining forces together would be the best for everybody in the area.

“We are excited for the new name and the new direction,” said Los Angeles Legends President Josh Hodges.“Change is good and I believe this will be a change that will allow us to have a great foundation to grow even more in the future.”

The partnership will have the Legends program fielding 50 or more competitive boys and girls teams, a year-round soccer academy, and many other supporting programs. In addition to having all of the teams and programs, the PDL and W-League franchises will make the Los Angeles Legends one of the most unique soccer clubs in the Southern California area.

“We are excited about the opportunities that Legends FC will open up for our players, teams, members, and staff,” said Legends FC Director of Coaching Billy Bizzarro. “The USL teams will be a great focal point for our players to aspire to play at some day.”

The Los Angeles Legends PDL and W-League teams will continue to play at Citrus College Stadium which seats 10,000. There are five scheduled double headers for this upcoming 2008 season. The players, coaching staff, and new website will be announced soon.

For more information on the Los Angeles Legends, we will be having a formal presentation on Thursday, January 31, 2008. The event will kick off at 7:00 p.m. at the Diamond Bar Center. The address is 1600 S. Grand Ave, Diamond Bar CA 91765.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/221557.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 17, 2008, 12:22:29 PM
Hellenic unveiled as new Tampa team

W-League club owned by Fotopoulos to debut in 2008
USL News Release

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues and Hellenic, LLC are proud to announce the formation of the Tampa Bay Hellenic, a member of the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League. The Hellenic will begin play in 2008 as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Hellenic, LLC is fronted by George Fotopolous and Maryanne Bishop.

Fotopolous, former women’s head coach at Louisiana State University and current Girls’ Director of Coaching (U13-U19) for the HC United Soccer Club, will also serve as the head coach of the Hellenic. His squad will consist of current and former U.S. Women’s National Team players and former WUSA players, as well as local collegiate talent. He will be assisted by his wife, Danielle Fotopolous, a former US Women’s National Team and WUSA player.

“We are excited to bring the highest level of women’s soccer to the Tampa area,” commented Fotopolous. “The W-League has demanded throughout its existence the highest standards from it’s franchises. We are committed to putting a highly competitive team on the field, and we look forward to our inaugural season.”

The Hellenic will play 14 games, including seven at their home field at the Ed Radice Sports Complex, located at 14720 Ed Radice Drive, about 20 miles Northwest of downtown Tampa. The Ed Radice Sports Complex is home to HC United, the official youth arm of the Hellenic, and has been a host site for the USL SoccerFest’s Super Y-League North American Finals the past three years.

The season starts out with a match on Saturday, May 10 against their closest rival geographically, the Bradenton Athletics. The regular season will conclude with a game at the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, July 12, in Cary, NC. In between, the Hellenic will look to make their mark on the Atlantic Division. Other teams joining Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Bradenton Athletics, Carolina Dynamo, Carolina RailHawks, Charlotte Lady Eagles, Hampton Roads Piranhas, Richmond Kickers Destiny and West Virginia Illusion.

“We are thrilled to have W-League soccer returning to our hometown of Tampa,” said W-League Director of Operations Kristin Lettiere. “USL’s presence in the community has grown tremendously over the last few years with events such as the USL SoccerFest and Annual General Meetings. We are looking forward to having an active, year-round presence via the Hellenic.”

Tampa Bay was also home from 1997-2002 to the Tampa Bay Extreme, a team famous for the signing of Hall of Famer and US international Michelle Akers in 1998. The team, which primarily called Clearwater home over its existence, also featured players such as Tara Minnax, Siri Nordby, Heather Mitts and Danielle Fotopolous, wife of the new Hellenic owner. The history of the W-League and the Fotopolous family also extends into the history of the USL front office, where Spirit Fotopolous (George’s sister) was the first Director of W-League Operations from 1996-98.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/221556.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on February 12, 2008, 12:47:47 PM
After all the various new team franchise announcements and the re-shuffling of the League's divisions, the 2008 summer season is expected to consist of the following teams. The season gets under way in May.

W-League 

Central Conference

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels
Cleveland Internationals
FC Indiana (joined from WPSL) (re-christened as FC Indiana Lionesses)
Fort Wayne Fever
Kalamazoo Outrage (new team)
Michigan Hawks
Minnesota Lightning
West Michigan Firewomen

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche
Laval Comets
London Gryphons
Ottawa Fury
Rochester Raging Rhinos
Toronto Lady Lynx
Vermont Lady Voltage
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks
Bradenton Athletics
Carolina Dynamo  (returning after a year's absence)
Carolina RailHawks (new team)
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Hampton Roads Piranhas
Richmond Kickers Destiny
Tampa Bay Hellenic  (new team)
West Virginia Illusion (new team)

Northeast Division
Boston Renegades
Connecticut Passion (new team)
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners
Jersey Sky Blue
Long Island Rough Riders
New Jersey Wildcats
New York Magic
Northern Virginia Majestics
Washington Freedom

Western Conference
Fort Collins Force
Los Angeles Legends  (new team)
Pali Blues  (new team)
Real Colorado Cougars
Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps
Ventura County Fusion (new team)

The League also seems to have lost one or two teams since last summer, although there have been no announcements that I have come across:-

San Diego Sunwaves, despite a good opening season
(Chelsea's Laura Cooper played for this outfit)
Subsequent news is that although the Sunwaves seemed to have shut down, their key personnel are involved in the new SD United operation which has started up in the WPSL.
 
Cocoa Expos
(Liz Hansen, the Canadian striker playing for Doncaster Rovers Belles was with the Expos last summer)
Subsequent news is that the Expos have joined the WPSL as Brevard County Cocoa Expos.

Mile High Edge
(based at Denver)


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2008, 12:34:48 AM
Week 1

Saturday 10th May

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1
Carolina Dynamo 0 Carolina Railhawks 2
West Virginia Illusion 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 3

North East Division
Boston Renegades 0 Jersey Sky Blue 1
Long Island Rough Riders 1 Washington Freedom 3
New York Magic 2 Connecticut Passion 2

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 0 Pali Blues 5

Sunday 11th May

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 0 Bradenton Athletics 1

 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 12, 2008, 02:08:49 PM
Week 2

Wednesday 14th May

Atlantic Division
Carolina Dynamo 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 2

Thursday 15th May

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 1 Ventura County Fusion 0

Friday 16th May

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 5
Charlotte Lady Eagles 3 Carolina Dynamo 2

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 2

Saturday 17th May

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 3

North East Division
Boston Renegades 7 Northern Virginia Majestics 1
Connecticut Passion 1 Jersey Sky Blue 3
Long Island Rough Riders 2 New York Magic 1

Western Division
Pali Blues 4 Los Angeles Legends 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Ventura County Fusion 2

Sunday 18th May

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Carolina Railhawks 3
West Virginia Illusion 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 3

Northern Division
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Toronto Lady Lynx 2


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 21, 2008, 12:18:55 AM
Week 3

Tuesday 20th May

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 5 Connecticut Passion 0

Wednesday 21st May

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletic 1 Tampa Bay Hellenic 3

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 5 Michigan Hawks 0

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 4 London Gryphons 0

Friday 23rd May

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 1

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 2 Fort Wayne Fever 1

Northern Division
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Laval Comets 7

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Los Angeles Legends 1

Saturday 24th May

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 1 Carolina Dynamo 1
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 6
West Virginia Illusion 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 5

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 3 Kalamazoo Outrage 1

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Washington Freedom 3
New Jersey Wildcats 5 New York Magic 1

Northern Division
Rochester Rhinos 3 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Toronto Lady Lynx 3

Sunday 25th May

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 5 Fort Wayne Fever 1

Northern Division
London Gryphons 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 0 Los Angeles Legends 0




Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 27, 2008, 11:20:18 AM
Week 4

Monday 26th May

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 3

Tuesday 27th May

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 1 Michigan Hawks 2

Northern Division
Laval Comets 2 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

Wednesday 28th May

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 3

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Friday 30th May

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 3 Michigan Hawks 2

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Saturday 31st May

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 4 Carolina Dynamo 1
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0
West Virginia Illusion 1 Carolina Railhawks 2

North Eastern Division
Connecticut Passion 1 New York Magic 1
Jersey Sky Blue 0 Boston Renegades 2
Long Island Rough Riders 1 Northern Virginia Majestics 1
New Jersey Wildcats 3 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1

Northern Division
London Gryphons 1 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 3 Ventura County Fusion 1

Sunday 1st June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 4 Richmond KIckers Destiny 3

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 3
Minnesota Lightning 2 West Michigan Firewomen 0

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 2 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1
New Jersey Wildcats 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 2
Washington Freedom 0 Boston Renegades 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 2 Rochester Rhinos 0
Toronto Lady Lynx 3 Vermont Lady Voltage 0
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 Laval Comets 5

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 2 Fort Collins Force 1


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 02, 2008, 11:26:52 AM
Week 5

Tuesday 3rd June

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 2 Kalamazoo Outrage 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 3 Los Angeles Legends 0

Wednesday 4th June

Atlantic Division
Carolina Dynamo 3 Bradenton Athletics 1

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 5 Kalamazoo Outrage 0

Northern Division
London Gryphons 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 2

Thursday 5th June

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 2 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Los Angeles Legends 0

Friday 6th June

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 4 Bradenton Athletics 0
Charlotte Lady Eagles 4 Tampa Bay Hellenic 2

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 5
Michigan Hawks 1 Chicago Gaels 3

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 1 Pali Blues 2

Saturday 7th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 6 Tampa Bay Hellenic 0
Charlotte Lady Eagles 5 Bradenton Athletics 0
West Virginia Illusion 0 Carolina Dynamo 3

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 5 Kalamazoo Outrage 0

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Boston Renegades 6
Jersey Sky Blue 0 New York Magic 0
Northern Virginia Majestics 2 Connecticut Passion 3

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 1 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
Rochester Rhinos 2 Vermont Lady Voltage 1

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Seattle Sounders 1
Ventura County Fusion 3 Los Angeles Legends 2

Sunday 8th June

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1 Connecticut Passion 2
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 Boston Renegades 4
Washington Freedom 5 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Vermont Lady Voltage 0
Laval Comets 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Pali Blues 5

 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 05, 2008, 12:46:00 AM
Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 1st June 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          6   6   0   0   21     3   18
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      6   5   0   1   18     5   15
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         5   4   0   1   10     2   12
4  Carolina Railhawks          5   3   1   1     8     7   10
5  Bradenton Athletics         4   2   0   2     6     9     6
6  Hampton Roads Piranhas  4   1   0   3     5     8     3
7  Carolina Dynamo             5   0   1   4     4   12     1
8  West Virginia Illusion       4   0   0   4     1   13     0
9  Richmond Kickers Destiny 5   0   0   5     3   17     0

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 1st June 2008
1  Long Island Rough Riders     5   3   1   1   11     6   10
2  Boston Renegades               4   3   0   1   10     2     9
3  New Jersey Wildcats            3   2   1   0   10     4     7
4  Washington Freedom           3   2   0   1     6     2     6
5  Jersey Sky Blue                   3   2   0   1     4     3     6
6  Connecticut Passion              4   0   2   2     4   11     2
7  New York Magic                   4   0   2   2     5   10     2
8  Northern Virginia Majestics    3   0   2   1     4   10     2
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 3   0   0   3     2     8     0

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 1st June 2008
1  Pali Blues                     3   3   0   0   12     1   9
2  Vancouver Whitecaps     4   2   2   0     6     4   8
3  Real Colorado Cougars   2   1   1   0     3     2   4
4  Seattle Sounders           2   1   1   0     1     0   4
5  Los Angeles Legends      3   0   1   2     1     6   1
6  Ventura County Fusion    4   0   1   3     3   11   1
7  Fort Collins Force           2   0   0   2     1     3   0
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 09, 2008, 11:57:28 AM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 8th June 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses         5   5   0   0   20     1   15
2 Minnesota Lightning           3   3   0   0   10     2     9
3 Michigan Hawks                6   3   0   3     9   13     9
4 Cleveland Internationals      2   1   0   1     5     5     3
5 West Michigan Firewomen   3   1   0   2     4     5     3
6 Chicago Gaels                   2   1   0   1     3     4     3
7 Fort Wayne Fever              2   0   0   2     2     7     0
8 Kalamazoo Outrage           5   0   0   5     1   17     0

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 8th June 2008
1 Toronto Lady Lynx                    5   5   0   0   14   1   15
2 Laval Comets                           4   4   0   0   18   1   12
3 Hamilton Avalanche                  2   2   0   0   3    0   6
4 Rochester Rhinos                     3   2   0   1   5    4    6
5 London Gryphons                     4   2   0   2   6   6    6
6 Ottawa Fury                             1   1   0   0   1   0    3
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  6   0   0   6   2   19   0
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               7   0   0   7   1   19   0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 8th June 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          7   7   0   0   27     3   21
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      8   7   0   1   27     7   21
3  Carolina Railhawks          6   4   1   1   12     7   13
4  Tampa Bay Hellenic         7   4   0   3   12   12   12
5  Carolina Dynamo             7   2   1   4   10   13     7
6  Bradenton Athletics          7   2   0   5     7   21    6
7  Hampton Roads Piranhas  5   1   0   4     6    10    3
8  Richmond Kickers Destiny 6   1   0   5     5   18     3
9  West Virginia Illusion       5   0   0   5     1   16     0

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 8th June 2008
1  Boston Renegades               6   5   0   1   20     3    15
2  Long Island Rough Riders     5   3   1   1   11     6    10
3  Washington Freedom           4   3   0   1    11     3     9
4  Connecticut Passion             6   2   2   2     9    14     8
5  New Jersey Wildcats            4   2   1   1    11     9     7
6  Jersey Sky Blue                   4   2   1   1     4     3     7
7  New York Magic                   5   0   3   2     5   10     3
8  Northern Virginia Majestics    5   0   2   3     7   17     2
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 5   0   0   5     3   16     0

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 8th June 2008
1  Pali Blues                     5   5   0   0   19     3   15
2  Vancouver Whitecaps     5   3   2   0     9     5   11
3  Real Colorado Cougars   4   2   1   1     5     7   7
4  Seattle Sounders           3   1   1   1     2     3   4
5  Ventura County Fusion   5   1   1   3     6   13   4
6  Fort Collins Force          4   1   0   3     5     5   3
7  Los Angeles Legends      6   0   1   5    3    13   1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 10, 2008, 12:01:34 AM
Week 6

Tuesday 10th June

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Chicago Gaels 1

Wednesday 11th June

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 6 Fort Wayne Fever 1
FC Indiana Lionesses 1 Minnesota Lightning 1

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 2 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
Real Colorado Cougars 1 Seattle Sounders 1

Thursday 12th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics v West Virginia Illusion
(abandoned due to lightning storm in 37th minute - match resumes on Saturday 14th in the morning!)

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 Michigan Hawks 0

Friday 13th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Carolina Railhawks 0
Tampa Bay Hellenic 4 West Virginia Illusion 0

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 0 Seattle Sounders 0
Ventura County Fusion 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3

Saturday 14th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 1 West Virginia Illusion 2
Carolina Dynamo 1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 2
Charlotte Lady Eagles 2 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 Cleveland Internationals 4
Minnesota Lightning 1 Chicago Gaels 0
West Michigan Firewomen 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 9

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Long Island Rough Riders 2
Washington Freedom 2 New York Magic 1
**Jersey Sky Blue's game against Connecticut Passion was postponed due to lightning storms

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 6 London Gryphons 0

Sunday 15th June

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Carolina Railhawks 0

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 1 Cleveland Internationals 2

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 2 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1
Washington Freedom 1 Northern Virginia Majestics 1

Northern Division
Laval Comets 3 London Gryphons 0
Ottawa Fury 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 2
Rochester Rhinos 2 Hamilton Avalanche 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 4 Vancouver Whitecaps 0



Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 16, 2008, 02:14:48 PM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 15th June 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses         7   6   1   0    30     2    19
2 Minnesota Lightning          5   4   1   0    12     3     13
3 Cleveland Internationals     5   4   0   1    17     7    12
4 Michigan Hawks                8   3   1   4    10   15     10
5 Chicago Gaels                   4   2   0   2     4     5     6
6 West Michigan Firewomen  4   1   0   3     4    14     3
7 Kalamazoo Outrage           7   0   1   6     1    21     1
8 Fort Wayne Fever              4   0   0   4     3    14     0

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 15th June 2008
1 Toronto Lady Lynx                    7   6   1   0   17   3   19
2 Laval Comets                           5   5   0   0   21   1   15
3 Rochester Rhinos                      4   3   0   1    7   4     9
4 Hamilton Avalanche                   4   2   1   1   4    3     7
5 Ottawa Fury                             3   2   0   1    8    2    6
6 London Gryphons                     6   2   0   4    6   15    6
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  6   0   0   6    2   19    0
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               7   0   0   7    1   19    0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 15th June 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          8   8   0   0   29     3    24
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      9   8   0   1   29     7    24
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         9   6   0   3   17   12    18
4  Carolina Railhawks          8   4   1   3   12   10    13
5  Carolina Dynamo             8   2   1   5   11   15     7
6  Hampton Roads Piranhas   6   2   0   4     8   11    6
7  Bradenton Athletics          8   2   0   6     8   23    6
8  Richmond Kickers Destiny 7   1   0   6     5   20    3
9  West Virginia Illusion       7   1   0   6     3   21    3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 15th June 2008
1  Boston Renegades               7   6   0   1   22     3     18
2  Washington Freedom           6   4   1   1    14     5    13
3  Long Island Rough Riders     6   4   1   1   13      7    13
4  Connecticut Passion             7   3   2   2    11    15   11
5  Jersey Sky Blue                   5   3   1   1     6     4    10
6  New Jersey Wildcats             6   2   1   3    13   13     7
7  New York Magic                   6   0   3   3     6    12     3
8  Northern Virginia Majestics    6   0   3   3     8    18     3
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 7   0   0   7     4    20     0

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 15th June 2008
1  Pali Blues                     6   6   0   0   23     3   18
2  Vancouver Whitecaps     8   5   2   1   14    11   17
3  Real Colorado Cougars   5   2   2   1     6     8     8
4  Seattle Sounders           5   1   3   1     3     4     6
5  Fort Collins Force          5   1   1   3     5     5     4
6  Ventura County Fusion   6   1   1   4     7   16     4
7  Los Angeles Legends      7   0   1   6    4    15     1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 20, 2008, 12:23:38 AM
Week 7
 
Wednesday 18th June

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 3 Cleveland Internationals 0

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 0 Washington Freedom 1
New York Magic 0 Long Island Rough Riders 2

Northern Division
Laval Comets 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 2
Ottawa Fury 4 Vermont Lady Voltage 0

Thursday 19th June

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Chicago Gaels 4

Friday 20th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0
Carolina Dynamo 3 West Virginia Illusion 1

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 3 Fort Wayne Fever 2

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Northern Virginia Majestics 3

Saturday 21st June

Atlantic Division
Carolina Dynamo 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2
Hampton Roads Piranhas 2 West Virginia Illusion 1

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 3 Fort Wayne Fever 1
Kalamazoo Outrage 2 West Michigan Firewomen 1

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 6 New Jersey Wildcats 1
Long Island Rough Riders 2 Boston Renegades 0
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Jersey Sky Blue 1

Northern Division
London Gryphons 2 Laval Comets 4
Rochester Rhinos 0 Ottawa Fury 7
Vermont Lady Voltage 1 Hamilton Avalanche 2

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 2 Ventura County Fusion 0

Sunday 22nd June

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Jersey Sky Blue 2
New York Magic 0 Boston Renegades 2

Northern Division
London Gryphons 0 Rochester Rhinos 0
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Ottawa Fury 3
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Hamilton Avalanche 4

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 Pali Blues 3






Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 24, 2008, 12:30:26 AM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 22nd June 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses         8   7   1   0    33     2    22
2 Minnesota Lightning          6   5   1   0    15     5    16
3 Cleveland Internationals    6   4   0   2     17   10    12
4 Chicago Gaels                  6   4   0   2    11     6    12
5 Michigan Hawks                8   3   1   4   10    15    10
6 Kalamazoo Outrage           8   1   1   6     3    22     4
7 West Michigan Firewomen  6   1   0   5     5    20     3
8 Fort Wayne Fever              6   0   0   6     6    20     0

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 22nd June 2008
1 Toronto Lady Lynx                    9   7   1   1   21   7   22
2 Laval Comets                           7   6   0   1   26   5   18
3 Ottawa Fury                             6   5   0   1   22   4   15
4 Hamilton Avalanche                  6   4   1   1   10    4   13
5 Rochester Rhinos                      6   3   1   2    7   11  10
6 London Gryphons                     8   2   1   5    8   19    7
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  7   0   0   7    2   23    0
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               9   0   0   9    2   25    0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 22nd June 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          9   9   0   0   32    3    27
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles     10   8   1   1   31    9    25
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         9   6   0   3   17   12    18
4  Carolina Railhawks          8   4   1   3   12   10    13
5  Carolina Dynamo           10   3   2   5   16   18    11
6  Hampton Roads Piranhas  7   3   0   4   10   12     9
7  Bradenton Athletics          8   2   0   6    8   23     6
8  Richmond Kickers Destiny 8   1   0   7    5   23     3
9  West Virginia Illusion       9   1   0   8    5   26     3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 22nd June 2008
1  Boston Renegades               9   7   0   2    24    5    21
2  Long Island Rough Riders     8   6   1   1    17    7    19
3  Washington Freedom           7   5   1   1    15    5    16
4  Jersey Sky Blue                   8   5   1   2     9    5    16
5  Connecticut Passion             8   4   2   2    17  16    14
6  New Jersey Wildcats             7   2   1   4   14  19     7
8  Northern Virginia Majestics    8   1   3   4   11  19     6
7  New York Magic                   8   0   3   5     6  16     3
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 9   0   0   9     4  25     0

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 22nd June 2008
1  Pali Blues                     7   7   0   0   26     3    21
2  Vancouver Whitecaps     9   5   2   2   14    14   17
3  Real Colorado Cougars   5   2   2   1     6     8     8
4  Fort Collins Force          6   2   1   3     7     5     7
5  Seattle Sounders           5   1   3   1     3     4     6
6  Ventura County Fusion   7   1   1   5     7   18     4
7  Los Angeles Legends      7   0   1   6    4    15     1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 24, 2008, 11:35:00 AM
Week 8

Monday 23rd June

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 3 Ventura County Fusion 0

Tuesday 24th June

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 6

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Jersey Sky Blue 1

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 0 Pali Blues 1

Wednesday 25th June

Northern Division
Vermont Lady Voltage 1 W. Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 5

Thursday 26th June

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 6 West Michigan Firewomen 0

Friday 27th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Bradenton Athletics 0
Charlotte Lady Eagles 1 Carolina Railhawks 0

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Michigan Hawks 0
Minnesota Lightning 0 Cleveland Internationals 0

Northern Division
Laval Comets 2 Hamilton Avalanche 1

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 1 Fort Collins Force 4

Saturday 28th June

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1
Richmond Kickers Destiny 4 West Virginia Illusion 0
Tampa Bay Hellenic 4 Carolina Dynamo 0

North East Division
Boston Renegades 1 New Jersey Wildcats 0
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0

Northern Division
London Gryphons 1 Ottawa Fury 5
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Rochester Rhinos 3

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Fort Collins Force 1
 
Sunday 29th June

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 2 Carolina Dynamo 5

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 5 Cleveland Internationals 0
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Kalamazoo Outrage 0
Michigan Hawks 1 West Michigan Firewomen 0

North East Division
New York Magic 2 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Ottawa Fury 3

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 01, 2008, 11:10:39 AM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 29th June 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses         9   8   1   0    39     2    25
2 Chicago Gaels                  8   6   0   2    22     6    18
3 Minnesota Lightning          7   5   2   0    15     5    17
4 Cleveland Internationals    8   4   1   3     17   15   13
5 Michigan Hawks              10   4   1   5    11    16   13
6 Kalamazoo Outrage           9   1   2   6     3    22     5
7 Fort Wayne Fever              9   1   1   7     7    26     4
8 West Michigan Firewomen  8   1   0   7     5    27     3

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 29th June 2008
1 Toronto Lady Lynx                    9   7   1   1   21   7   22
2 Ottawa Fury                             8   7   0   1   30   6   21
3 Laval Comets                           8   7   0   1   28   6   21
4 Hamilton Avalanche                  8   4   1   3   12    9   13
5 Rochester Rhinos                      7   4   1   2  10   11  13
6 London Gryphons                     9   2   1   6    9   24    7
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  8   1   0   7    7   24   3
8 Vermont Lady Voltage             11   0   0  11   3   33    0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 29th June 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks        10  10   0   0   36    3    30
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles     11   9   1   1   32    9    28
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic       10    7   0   3   21   12   21
4  Carolina Railhawks        10   5   1   4   16   12    16
5  Carolina Dynamo           12   4   2   6   21   24    14
6  Hampton Roads Piranhas  8   3   0   5   11   16     9
7  Richmond Kickers Destiny 9   2   0   7    9   23     6
8  Bradenton Athletics        10   2   0   8   10   32     6
9  West Virginia Illusion      10   1   0   9    5   30     3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 29th June 2008
1  Boston Renegades                10   8   0   2    25    5    24
2  Long Island Rough Riders       8   6   1   1    17    7    19
3  Jersey Sky Blue                     9   6   1   2    10    5    19
4  Washington Freedom             7   5   1   1    15    5    16
5  Connecticut Passion               8   4   2   2    17  16    14
6  New Jersey Wildcats             10   2   1   7   15  23      7
8  Northern Virginia Majestics      9   1   4   4   11  19      7
7  New York Magic                     9   1   3   5     8  17      6
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 10   0   1   9     4  25      1

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 29th June 2008
1  Pali Blues                     8   8   0   0   27     3    24
2  Vancouver Whitecaps     9   5   2   2   14    14   17
3  Fort Collins Force          8   3   2   3    12     7   11
4  Real Colorado Cougars   6   3   2   1     9     8    11
5  Seattle Sounders           6   1   3   2     3     5     6
6  Ventura County Fusion   9   1   1   7     8    25     4
7  Los Angeles Legends      8   0   2   6    5    16     2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 01, 2008, 11:13:51 AM
Week 9

Monday 30th June

Western Division
Pali Blues 2 Fort Collins Force 0
Seattle Sounders 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2

Tuesday 1st July

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 10 West Michigan Firewomen 1

Wednesday 2nd July

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 2 Michigan Hawks 1

North East Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Washington Freedom 1

Thursday 3rd July

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 6
Carolina Railhawks 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 3
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 0 Seattle Sounders 3

Friday 4th July

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 Chicago Gaels 2

Northern Division
Laval Comets 0 Ottawa Fury 3

Saturday 5th July

Atlantic Division
Bradenton Athletics 1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 5

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 0 Chicago Gaels 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 3 Long Island Rough Riders 3
Jersey Sky Blue 0 Connecticut Passion 1
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Washington Freedom 4

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 8 Rochester Rhinos 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 1 Seattle Sounders 0

Sunday 6th July

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 6

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 1 Long Island Rough Riders 2
New York Magic 1 Jersey Sky Blue 1

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 2 Hamilton Avalanche 1
Rochester Rhinos 3 London Gryphons 2

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 2 Seattle Sounders 4
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 07, 2008, 01:11:11 PM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 6th July 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses        11  10  1   0    55    3    31
2 Chicago Gaels                 10   8   0   2    26    6    24
3 Minnesota Lightning          8   5   2   1    15   11    17
4 Cleveland Internationals   10   5   1   4    19   18    16
5 Michigan Hawks              11   4   1   6    12   18    13
6 Kalamazoo Outrage         10   1   2   7     3    24     5
7 Fort Wayne Fever              9   1   1   7     7    26     4
8 West Michigan Firewomen  9   1   0   8     6    37     3

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 6th July 2008
1 Ottawa Fury                             10   9   0   1   35   7   27
2 Toronto Lady Lynx                    10   8   1   1   29   7   25
3 Laval Comets                             9   7   0   2   28   9   21
4 Rochester Rhinos                       9   5   1   3   13  21   16
5 Hamilton Avalanche                    9   4   1   4   13  11  13
6 London Gryphons                     10   2   1   7   11  27    7
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers   8   1   0    7    7   24   3
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               11   0   0  11   3   33    0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 6th July 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          12  11   1   0   42    3    34
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      12  10   1   1   35     9    31
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         12    7  2   3    22   13   23
4  Carolina Railhawks          11   5   1   5    16   15   16
5  Carolina Dynamo             12   4   2   6    21   24   14
6  Hampton Roads Piranhas  11    4   1   6   17   19   13
7  Richmond Kickers Destiny 10   3   0    7   10   23    9
8  Bradenton Athletics          12   2   0  10   11   43    6
9  West Virginia Illusion       10   1   0   9    5     30    3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 6th July 2008
1  Boston Renegades                11   8   1   2    28    8   25
2  Long Island Rough Riders      10   7   2   1    22  11   23
3  Washington Freedom             9    7   1   1    20    5   22
4  Jersey Sky Blue                    11   6   2   3    11    7   20
5  Connecticut Passion              10   5   2   3    19  18    17
6  Northern Virginia Majestics    10   1   4   5    11  20      7
7  New York Magic                   10   1   4   5      9  18      7
8  New Jersey Wildcats             11   2   1   8    15  27      7
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 10   0   1   9     4   25     1

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 6th July 2008
1  Pali Blues                    10  10   0   0   30     3    30
2  Vancouver Whitecaps    10   5   3   2    16   16    18
3  Seattle Sounders          10   3   4   3    12   10    13
4  Fort Collins Force           9   3   2   4    12     9    11
5  Real Colorado Cougars    6   3   2   1     9      8    11
6  Ventura County Fusion  10    1   1   8     8    28     4
7  Los Angeles Legends      9    0   2   7     7    20     2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 08, 2008, 10:38:46 AM
Week 10

Tuesday 8th July

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 6 West Michigan Firewomen 3

Wednesday 9th July

North East Division
Jersey Sky Blue 1 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Northern Division
London Gryphons 1 Hamilton Avalanche 2
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Laval Comets 1
W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 Vermont Lady Voltage 1

Western Division
Fort Collins Force 1 Real Colorado Cougars 1

Thursday 10th July

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 7

Western Division
Pali Blues 6 Real Colorado Cougars 0

Friday 11th July

Atlantic Division
Carolina Dynamo 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 3
West Virginia Illusion 0 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 1 Minnesota Lightning 4
West Michigan Firewomen 1 Cleveland Internationals 1

North East Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 New Jersey Wildcats 1

Saturday 12th July

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 3 Tampa Bay Hellenic 2
Charlotte Lady Eagles 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 4
West Virginia Illusion 0 Hampton Roads Piranhas 4

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 6 Michigan Hawks 0
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Cleveland Internationals 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Connecticut Passion 1
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 New York Magic 2
Washington Freedom 3 Jersey Sky Blue 0

Northern Division
Ottawa Fury 2 Rochester Rhinos 0
Toronto Lady Lynx 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 3
Vermont Lady Voltage 1 London Gryphons 2

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Real Colorado Cougars 2

Sunday 13th July

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 3 Carolina Dynamo 2

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 2 Kalamazoo Outrage 0
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Minnesota Lightning 3

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Connecticut Passion 2
Northern Virginia Majestics 1 New York Magic 0
Washington Freedom 6 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 1

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
Laval Comets 0 Rochester Rhinos 0

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Fort Collins Force 1
Ventura County Fusion 0 Real Colorado Cougars 2



Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 10, 2008, 05:43:18 PM
Coaches set for USL W-League Combine
USL News Release

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today the eight coaches selected to manage the 128 players that will be participating in the inaugural USL W-League Combine this upcoming September 4-7 in Tampa, Florida. Each division of the W-League will be represented by at least one coach at the event, which will provide players with professional aspirations an opportunity to showcase their talents for Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and other professional scouts and coaches.

The coaches managing the eight squads that will be assembled from the elite players selected for the event will be Peter Amos (Rochester Rhinos), Tony Anglin (Atlanta Silverbacks), Shek Borkowski (FC Indiana Lionesses), Craig Deacon (Fort Collins Force), George Fotopoulos (Tampa Bay Hellenic), Darren Gallagher (Boston Renegades), Denise Reddy (Jersey Sky Blue) and Craig Smith (Ottawa Fury). The coaches will conduct training sessions on the opening day and manage a series of three games for each team over the following three days of the event. In addition to their duties at the event, the coaches will also serve as advisors in regards to identifying the current elite W-League players in the selection process.

The combine will consist of invited elite W-League players as well as those selected from an open application process. The deadline for players submitting an Open Application is August 6. It will be held at the Ed Radice Sports Complex, home to the W-League Tampa Bay Hellenic and the USL Super Y-League North American Finals.

The USL W-League Combine will cap what will be an important five-week span in North American women’s soccer beginning with the W-League Championship tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia July 31 to August 2. The rest of August will feature the US and Canadian women’s national teams vying for Olympic glory in China from August 6-21.

With many current and former internationals, as well as collegiate standouts, it is expected that numerous players drafted and signed by WPS will hail from the W-League. Historically, the same occurred with the launch of the Women’s United Soccer Association in 2001. A total of 92 current and former W-League players were allocated or drafted by the WUSA leading up to the first of its three seasons.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/261442.html

The link includes profiles of the 8 coaches. Two of them, Tony Anglin of Atlanta Silverbacks and Craig Smith at Ottawa Fury have a British background on either side of the border - Toad can probably guess which ;D 

A third coach, Craig Deacon at Fort Collins Force, spent a chunk of his playing career at Barnsley and Brighton. 


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 15, 2008, 11:34:18 AM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 13th July 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses        13  12   1   0    64   3     37
2 Chicago Gaels                  11   9   0   2    32    6    27
3 Minnesota Lightning          10   7   2   1    22  12    23
4 Cleveland Internationals    12   6   2   4    22  20    20
5 Michigan Hawks               13   4   1   8    12  31    13
6 Fort Wayne Fever             11   2   1   8    14  31     7
7 Kalamazoo Outrage          12   1   2   9      4  30     5
8 West Michigan Firewomen 12   1   1  10    10  47    4

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 13th July 2008
1 Toronto Lady Lynx                    12  10  1   1   35  11   31
2 Ottawa Fury                             11  10  0   1   37   7    30
3 Laval Comets                           11   7   1   3   29  11   22
4 Hamilton Avalanche                  11   5   2   4   15  12   17
5 Rochester Rhinos                      11   5   2   4   13  23   17
6 London Gryphons                     12   3   1   8   14  30   10
7 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  11   1   2   8   11  29    5
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               13   0   1  12   5   36    1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 13th July 2008
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          13  12   1   0   46    5    37
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      13  10   1   2   37    13   31
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         14   8   2   4    27   16   26
4  Carolina Railhawks          12   6   1   5    19   17   19
5  Hampton Roads Piranhas  12   5   1   6    21   19   16
6  Richmond Kickers Destiny 12   5   0   7    14   25   15
7  Carolina Dynamo             14   4   2   8    23   30   14
8  Bradenton Athletics          12   2   0  10   11   43     6
9  West Virginia Illusion       12   1   0  11    5    35     3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 13th July 2008
1  Washington Freedom            11    9   1   1   29    6   28
2  Boston Renegades                12   9   1   2    30    9   28
2  Long Island Rough Riders      11   7   2   2    22  12   23
4  Jersey Sky Blue                    13   7   2   4    12  10   23
5  Connecticut Passion              12   6   2   4    22  21   20
6  Northern Virginia Majestics    12   2   5   5    13  21   11
7  New York Magic                   12   2   4   6     11  19   10
8  New Jersey Wildcats             13   2   2   9     17  30    8
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 12   0   1  11     5   33    1

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 13th July 2008
1  Pali Blues                    11  11  0   0    36     3    33
2  Vancouver Whitecaps    11   6   3   2    19   17    21
3  Real Colorado Cougars  10   5   3   2    14   16    18
4  Seattle Sounders          10   3   4   3    12   10    13
5  Fort Collins Force         11   3   3   5    14   13    12
6  Ventura County Fusion  11   1   1   9      8   30      4
7  Los Angeles Legends    10    0   2   8     8   22      2

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 16, 2008, 11:53:08 AM
Week 11

Monday 14th July

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 1 Minnesota Lightning 0

Tuesday 15th July

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 6 Fort Collins Force 1

Wednesday 16th July

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 2 Boston Renegades 1
Washington Freedom 1 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 London Gryphons 1
Ottawa Fury 3 Laval Comets 0
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 3 Rochester Rhinos 2

Thursday 17th July

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 3 Chicago Gaels 0

North East Division
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0 Long Island Rough Riders 1

Friday 18th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 7 West Virginia Illusion 0
Hampton Roads Piranhas 1 Carolina Railhawks 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 4 Minnesota Lightning 2
Kalamazoo Outrage 2 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Pali Blues 3
Seattle Sounders 1 Real Colorado Cougars 0

Saturday 19th July

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 West Virginia Illusion 1
Richmond Kickers Destiny 3 Bradenton Athletics 0

Midwest Division
Michigan Hawks 0 Minnesota Lightning 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 1 Washington Freedom 1
New York Magic 0 Northern Virginia Majestics 4

Northern Division
Rochester Rhinos 1 Laval Comets 6
Toronto Lady Lynx 4 Hamilton Avalanche 1
Vermont Lady Voltage 0 Ottawa Fury 8
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 4 London Gryphons 0

Sunday 20th July

Atlantic Division
Carolina Railhawks 3 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1
Hampton Roads Piranhas 6 Bradenton Athletics 0

Midwest Division
Chicago Gaels 6 Kalamazoo Outrage 0
Cleveland Internationals 5 West Michigan Firewomen 1
Fort Wayne Fever 2 Minnesota Lightning 6

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 0 Washington Freedom 1
Jersey Sky Blue 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 0
Long Island Rough Riders 5 New Jersey Wildcats 0
New York Magic 3 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 0
 
Northern Division
Hamilton Avalanche 2 Laval Comets 4
Rochester Rhinos 2 Toronto Lady Lynx 1
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Ottawa Fury 3

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 2 Ventura County Fusion 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Real Colorado Cougars 1




Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 22, 2008, 10:59:00 AM
Central Conference – Mid West Division
Up to Sunday 20th July 2008
1 FC Indiana Lionesses        14  13   1   0     67   3    40
2 Chicago Gaels                  14  11   0   3    39   9    33
3 Minnesota Lightning          14   9   2   3    32  19    29
4 Cleveland Internationals    14   8   2   4     31  23    26
5 Michigan Hawks               14   4   1   9     12  33    13
6 Kalamazoo Outrage          14   2   2   10     6  36     8
7 Fort Wayne Fever             13   2   1  10    16  39     7
8 West Michigan Firewomen 13   1   1  11    11  52     4

Central Conference – Northern Division
Up to Sunday 20th July 2008 (Final Table)
1 Ottawa Fury                             14  13  0   1   51   7    39
2 Toronto Lady Lynx                    14  11  1   2   40  14   34
3 Laval Comets                           14   9   1   4   39  17   28
4 Rochester Rhinos                      14   6   2   6   18  33   20
5 Hamilton Avalanche                  14   5   3   6   19  21   18
6 W.Massachusetts Lady Pioneers  14   3   2   9   18  34   11
7 London Gryphons                     14   3   2   9   15  35   11
8 Vermont Lady Voltage               14   0   1  13   5   44    1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to Sunday 20th July 2008 (Final Table)
1  Atlanta Silverbacks          14  13   1   0   50     6   40
2  Charlotte Lady Eagles      14  11   1   2   44    13   34
3  Tampa Bay Hellenic         14   8   2   4    27   16   26
4  Hampton Roads Piranhas  14   7   1   6    28   19   22
5  Carolina Railhawks          14   7   1   6    22   19   22
6  Richmond Kickers Destiny 14   6   0   8    18   28   18
7  Carolina Dynamo             14   4   2   8    23   30   14
8  Bradenton Athletics          14   2   0  12   11   52     6
9  West Virginia Illusion       14   1   0  13    6    46     3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to Sunday 20th July 2008 (Final Table)
1  Washington Freedom            14  11   2   1   32    7   35
2  Boston Renegades                14   9   2   3    32  12   29
3  Long Island Rough Riders      14   9   2   3    28  13   29
4  Jersey Sky Blue                    14   8   2   4    14  10   26
5  Connecticut Passion              14   7   2   5    24  23   23
6  Northern Virginia Majestics    14   3   5   6    17  23   14
7  New York Magic                   14   3   4   7     14  23   13
8  New Jersey Wildcats             14   2   2  10    17  35    8
9  Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 14   0   1  13     5   37    1

Western Conference
Up to Sunday 20th July 2008 (Final Table)
1  Pali Blues                    12  12  0   0    39     4    36
2  Vancouver Whitecaps    12   7   3   2    21   18    24
3  Seattle Sounders          12   5   4   3    19   11    19
4  Real Colorado Cougars  12   5   3   4    15   19    18
5  Fort Collins Force         12   3   3   6    15   19    12
6  Los Angeles Legends    12    1   2   9    11   26     5
7  Ventura County Fusion  12   1   1  10     9   32      4
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 25, 2008, 11:34:45 AM
Divisional Play-Offs

Wednesday 23rd July

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 1 Boston Renegades 0

Northern Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 0 Laval Comets 2

Both sides now proceed to the Conference play-offs this weekend.

Central Conference Finals are in Indiana

Qualifying Teams
Chicago Gaels
FC Indiana Lionesses
Laval Comets
Ottawa Fury

Eastern Conference Finals are in Atlanta.

Qualifying Teams
Atlanta Silverbacks
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Long Island Rough Riders
Washington Freedom

Western Conference runners-up Vancouver and Seattle meet in a Divisional play-off to determine a place in the League Championship final four. Pali Blues already qualify for and host the finals by virtue of their top overall League record in the regular season.

 

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2008, 07:42:38 PM
Friday 25th July

Central Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Indiana)
Ottawa Fury 3 Chicago Gaels 2
FC Indiana Lionesses 5 Laval Comets 1

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Atlanta)
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Long Island Rough Riders 0
Washington Freedom 6 Charlotte Lady Eagles 5

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2008, 08:05:55 PM
Champs win 6-5 overtime thriller
Washington, Charlotte nearly set league records for playoffs
Atlanta Silverbacks / USL Reports

Friday, July 25, 2008

ATLANTA, GA -- The first game of the Eastern Conference Championship was full of excitement as fans witnessed 11 goals, the second most in league playoff history, in a match between the Washington Freedom and the Charlotte Lady Eagles that was extended to extra time. The night began with strong play from the Washington Freedom as they looked to defend their 2007 W-League title.

Washington put on the pressure from the beginning and got on the board in the second minute. Christy Welsh received the ball from Emily Janss with her back to the goal and standing just outside the box. She turned to the inside, blew through the defense, and placed the ball to the left of Charlotte goalkeeper Laura Armstrong.

Charlotte began to string together a bit of passing and was able to score the equalizer in the 11th minute. Nikki Lyons got the ball to Christy Rife who just got a foot on the ball and was able to deflect it into the side netting.

Washington quickly regained possession and continued their assault on the Charlotte defense. Washington’s Ella Masar fed the ball to Welsh in the center of the box and Welsh sent it to Armstrong’s left for her second goal on the night, putting Washington up 2-1 in the 16th minute.

Washington continued to dominate possession as several players got a look at the goal. In the 22nd minute, Washington scored their third goal of the match as Madison Keller lifted the ball past Armstrong off a feed from Sarah Huffman.

Charlotte got down the field in the 28th minute and was able to get on the board again to come within a goal of the Freedom. Charlotte’s Kelly Schmedes received the ball from Nikki Lyons, nimbly moved past her defender and finished with a fine shot to the far side netting past an outstretched Chante Sandiford.

Masar was forced to make an early exit in the 31st minute after sustaining an injury. Rebecca Moros came on for Masar and play continued with both teams getting some looks on goal. Charlotte had a good chance in the 44th minute, but the shot by Schmedes was saved by Sandiford and the follow up by Lyons was sent into the side netting.

Late in stoppage time, Charlotte’s Tina Murphy uncorked a long-range shot that Sandiford just tipped over the bar as the ball dipped toward the goal.

Washington had some good chances to start off the second half, but Charlotte got on the board first to draw the game even at 3-3. Murphy scored straight off a corner for the Eagles.

During the 66th minute, Charlotte took the lead for the first time in the match. Charlotte took a free kick that got cleared out to Schmedes, who placed the ball perfectly to Lyons at the center of the box. Lyons’ one-timer beat Sandiford and Charlotte took the lead 4-3.

Four minutes later Welsh drew a foul inside the area and Moros evened up the match when she placed her spot kick on the ground to the right of Armstrong.

As the match wore on, the Freedom carried the momentum. Washington’s Ali Andrzejewski had a great shot on goal, but Armstrong continued her solid play and was able to push it away off the far post. Armstrong was tested a few more times, but she stood up well to the Washington onslaught. As stoppage time wound down, Charlotte made one last attempt to get the ball down field, but they were stopped by Washington just past midfield and regulation ended in a 4-4 tie.

Washington began the scoring early in extra time as Emily Janss tallied her first goal on the night. Janss received the ball from Huffman on the right flank, pushed through the defense, and tucked the ball into the right side of the goal.

Washington got on the board again in the 103rd minute and cushioned their lead – and they’d need it. Lori Lindsay took a corner for the Freedom and Huffman tipped it to Christie Welsh, who finished it to complete her hat-trick.

Charlotte continued to fight and was able to draw within a goal in the 107th minute. Murphy took a free kick just outside the area and placed the ball over the wall and to the keeper’s left.

As extra time wound down, Charlotte pushed forward in attempt to find the equalizer. They had several good looks on goal, but they were never able to get it into the back of the net and the match ended in a 6-5 win for the Freedom.

The Freedom will next play tomorrow at 8 pm when they look to claim the Eastern Conference title and earn a trip to the final four in Virginia Beach, VA. They will face the winner of the match between the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Long Island Rough Riders in the second match of the semifinal doubleheader.

Historical Footnotes:

The 11 goals scored tied for second most in the W-League’s 14-year history, equaling the Eastern Conference Final showdown in 2004 that saw the New Jersey Wildcats advance 6-5 in regulation against the Montreal Xtreme, who played a 5-4 overtime thriller the night before against the defunct Long Island Lady Riders. French star Marinette Pichon scored the opening three goals for New Jersey in the game before Montreal mounted a rally to tie the game 3-3 and again at 4-4 before two more goals from Pichon in the final five minutes of regulation provided a two-goal margin that proved just enough as Montreal only netted once more before the final whistle. The league record is 13, set in the W-2 Western Conference Championship in 2001 in which the Kansas City Mystics and Oklahoma Outrage, both now defunct, played an back-and-forth thriller. Kansas City led by two after 19 minutes with Oklahoma drawing level in the 36th only to see the hosts reclaim a two goal lead before halftime. Oklahoma scored four straight goals to open the second half to erase the deficit and make a two-goal margin of their own as they went on to score six in the half.

Only three other teams have scored more than six goals in a W-League playoff game. In addition to aforementioned Oklahoma Outrage of 2001, the Maryland Pride tallied seven in a 7-0 drubbing of the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the 1997 Mid Atlantic Division Final and the Chicago Cobras hold the mark with nine in a 9-1 thrashing of Northern Kentucky in the 2003 Midwest Division Final. There have been six other occurrences of a six-goal performance in the playoffs, including one each by the two participants in tonight’s thriller. Washington posted theirs in a 6-1 win over Toronto last year in the conference semifinal and Charlotte recorded theirs in a 2005 conference semifinal win, 6-2, over Cleveland.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/265234.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2008, 08:12:07 PM
Silverbacks Defeat Rough Riders
 
Saturday July 26, 2008
Atlanta – The second match of the Eastern Conference semifinals saw the host Atlanta Silverbacks face off against the Long Island Rough Riders.  The Silverbacks were looking to continue their undefeated season and break the momentum of the Rough Riders who beat the Boston Renegades on Wednesday night to earn a place in the conference tournament.  From the beginning, the match was a back and forth affair, but no one could get on the board.  It was a sharp contrast to the first semifinal match that saw a total of eleven goals.

Atlanta had a chance in the 37th minute during two successive corner kicks, but they were unable to convert either opportunity.  As the half progressed, the Silverbacks continued to press down the field, but they were unable to place any of their shots past the frequently tested Long Island ‘keeper.  At the end of the half, the Rough Riders made a rare foray into the Silverbacks’ end of the field, but it proved unsuccessful.  The teams went to the locker rooms stuck in a 0-0 tie.

The Silverbacks got the lone goal of the night in the 51st minute off a ball that was pounded by Christine Latham.  Lindsey Patterson passed the ball back to Melanie Schneider for the cross and Latham’s rocket hit the cross bar, went straight down, and just crossed the line.

The duo of Latham and Sarah Steinmann continued to put pressure on the Long Island goalkeeper, but they were unable to generate the offensive firepower that Silverbacks fans have grown accustomed to.  The Rough Riders got a few opportunities and looked to threaten on a free kick outside the box, but the shot flew far over the post.

The Silverbacks had a promising opportunity when Latham streaked toward a ball down the right flank and crossed to Steinmann who missed the ball to the left.  Krista Bobo came sprinting through for the follow up, but she was unable to put the ball on goal.

Long Island had another free kick outside the box off a Monica Buff yellow card, but the shot was saved by Silverbacks ‘keeper, Ashley Phillips.

Both teams continued to fight hard as the Silverbacks looked to increase their lead and the Rough Riders pushed for the equalizer.  Tempers flared in the 82nd minute and the Rough Rider’s coach, John Fitzgerald, was ejected from the game.

During the 87th minute, Sarah Steinmann appeared to have a breakaway, but she was called back by the center official, who ruled her offside.  The Silverbacks continued to pepper shots at the goal, but they were unable to get on the board again.  The match ended in a 1-0 victory for the Silverbacks who will be back on the field tomorrow night as they look to claim the Eastern Conference title.

The much anticipated game is a rematch of the 2007 W-League Championship match in which the Freedom defeated the Silverbacks 3-1.  Silverbacks head coach Tony Anglin is looking forward to the rematch with the Freedom.  He feels that the team is “better equipped this year and we’ll be fine as long as we remain defensively strong.”  Both teams will be fighting for the chance to travel to Virginia Beach, VA for the W-League final four.

The Eastern Conference Championship game kicks off at 8pm Saturday night and will see the host Silverbacks face the Washington Freedom at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Tickets are only $10 and will be available at the stadium beginning at 6pm.  For further information, visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com or call 1-866-GOBACKS.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=961&cat=1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 11:13:27 AM
Fury defeat Chicago 3-2 to advance to Central Conference Final

26.07.2008 - Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
Taylor (2) and Powell end the Gaels playoff hopes 

The Ottawa Fury Women defeated the Chicago Gaels 3-2 this evening at Purdue University in Lafayette in the first semi-final of the W-League Central Conference Championships. Both Jodie Taylor and Shay Powell took their season tally to 12 goals this evening as a Taylor brace and a single from Powell saw the Fury past the Gaels 3-2. The Fury will play the hosts FC Indiana, who defeated the Lavel Cometes 5-1 in the second semi-final, in the Conference Final on Sunday at Purdue, Kick off 6:00 PM. The winner moves onto the W-League Championships in Virginia Beach

The Fury settled quickly into their possession game but it was the Gaels who almost took the early in the 10th minute. A brilliant save from Fury keeper Erin Reinke kept the scoreline blank – Reinke pushed a great shot from Emily Maynard over the bar in the 9th minute.  At the other end Courtney Wetzel broke through the Fury defence and only a desperate tackle from Danielle Mutters prevented the Fury midfielder from opening the score. Mutters received a yellow card for bringing down Wetzel. No quarter was asked or given in a first half where Rachael Axon stood out for the Fury and Emily Maynard made some fine jinking runs at the Fury defence.

Two goals within three minutes of each other broke the game open for the Ottawa Fury.  The Fury were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box in the 12th minute and Jodie Taylor shot directly past Erin Kane in the Gaels net to give the Fury a deserved lead. Three minutes later it was Shay Powell who latched onto a fine pass from Lisa-Marie Woods, rounded keeper Kane and scored from an acute angle. With Taylor and Powell giving the Gales defence all sorts of trouble with their pace, Ottawa looked to be moving along comfortably. Not for the only time in the game, the Gaels would fight their way back into the contest. In the 25th minute, a Gaels free kick into the danger area was not cleared definitively by the Fury and the ball fell to Lauren Sprecht  who volleyed the ball past Reinke to narrow the Fury lead to 2-1. The Fury fought back and after rounding two defenders with ease in the 37th minute, a desperate tackle was required to keep Taylor off the team sheet. The Gaels would have another scare just before the half when Erin Kane was caught well out of her penalty area by Lisa-Marie Woods whose goal bound lob was headed off the  line by an alert Gaels defender.

The Fury started the second half brightly. Powell had two shots in quick succession, one narrowly wide of the target and the other saved well by Kane. In the 62nd minute, Jodie Taylor restored the Fury to a 2 goal cushion. Taylor burst through the center of the Gales defence and was hauled down in the penalty area. Taylor took the kick herself and scored easily to make the score 3-1. Rachael Axon and Courtney Wetzel continued to run the midfield for the Fury but, for the second time, the resilient Gaels would bounce back. Thj Gaels would not get the goal they desired until the 88th minute. Zoe Avner brought down a Gaels attacker in the box and Emily Maynard stepped up to score easily.

The Fury played out five  or so anxious minutes as the Gaels pushed players forward to try and secure the equalizer. However, the Fury regained its composure and saw out the remaining minutes to earn, on the balance of play, a much deserved 3-2 victory for the Fury and a spot in the Central Conference Final.  The Fury season record now stands at 14-1-0.

The winner of the Central Conference final will play for the W-League National Championship in the Championship tournament being held in Virginia Beach, VA. The Pali Blues have already qualified for the Finals as 2008 W-League regular season champions and they will be joined in Virginia by the Central, Eastern and Western Conference champions.
 
http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=901
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 11:28:12 AM
FC Indiana 5, Laval 1
July 25, 2008

FC Indiana were firing on all cylinders tonight in West Lafayette as they eliminated the Laval Comets from the playoffs with a 5-1 victory. FC Indiana got two goals from Lauren Sesselmann and one each from Kelly Parker, Annie Hamel and Veronica Phewa.

FC Indiana go on to face Northern Division champions Ottawa Fury Sunday in the Conference final. Sunday’s championship match will be played at 6:00 p.m. at Purdue Soccer Stadium, with the winner advancing to W-League Final Four in Virginia Beach, VA.

LINEUPS:
FC INDIANA: Kristin Luckenbill (Lauren Mason 75’), Jenny Jeffers, Marie-Eve Nault, Aivi Luik, Julianne Sitch (Jessy Havrilesko 75’), Kelly Parker, Fatima Leyva, Jessica O’Rourke (Alicia Milyak 25’), Laura Del Rio (Ocampo 46’), Lauren Sesselmann (Phewa 46’), Annie Hamel (Corie Moore 60’)
LAVAL: Bilodeau, Mercier, Acton, Maramatsu, Robinson, Gagne, Scott, Filion, Busilacchi, Laverdiere, Legault

Source - FC Indiana Lionesses
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 11:49:19 AM
Saturday 26th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final (at Atlanta)
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Washington Freedom 2

Western Conference Play-Off Final (at Vancouver)
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 Seattle Sounders 1



Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 09:29:11 PM
Seattle end Whitecaps women's season
by Alan Douglas
July 26, 2008
Attendance: 4991

Vancouver Whitecaps women saw their season come to a disappointing end on Saturday, as they lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders in the USL W-League Western Conference playoff final at Swangard Stadium.

A spectacular bicycle kick from Sounders top scorer Chalise Baysa on minute 67 was the difference, as Seattle now advance to the W-League semifinals in Virginia Beach, Virginia, next week.

Whitecaps leading scorer Tiffeny Milbrett started the game on the substitutes' bench, as she was suffering from back pains. Midfielder Chelsea Stewart was also a scratch, which meant that Paige Adams and veteran Rosalyn Hicks both came in to get the start in midfield.

The visitors started brightly, as Vancouver goalkeeper Erin McNulty had to make a couple of good early saves. On 10 minutes, she did well to hold a 25-yard shot from Annie Schefter. Three minutes later, Lisa Sari hit a 30-yard blast that was heading to the top right corner of the goal, but McNulty was able to get her gloves to it.

The Whitecaps came more into the play as the half progressed, and twice tested Seattle goalkeeper Jessica Salvi on minute 21. First, a header from Julie Armstrong was gathered comfortably, then a few ticks later, midfielder Paige Adams tried her luck with a powerful shot from 25 yards that was right at the Sounders shot-stopper.

There was a moment of controversy on minute 28, as Vancouver had a goal called back by referee Darci Kruse. Defender Chelsea Stang was apparently called for a foul on a defender, as she challenged for a high ball in the area from an Adams' free kick. Salvi came out and missed the ball, which Armstrong fired at goal and Lexi Marton tapped over the goal line, but by that point, the whistle had already been blown.

It was scoreless at halftime.

Both teams had chances just after the break. On minute 46 following a Seattle corner kick, the ball bounced around dangerously in front, before it was finally scrambled away. Back up the field the other way, Katrin Schmidt turned and hit a 25-yard effort just over the bar. Five minutes later from a free kick in a similar position, Kaylyn Kyle landed a dipping shot on to the roof of the net.

Schmidt's attacking play up the left was a problem for Seattle for most of the game, and on minute 59, the German fullback surged forward again and hit a bending shot that Salvi dove to save.

A minute later, Karla Schacher gained possession to the left of goal and centered it for Monica Lam-Feist in front, but her first touch let her down, allowing Salvi to pounce on the loose ball.

A minute after that, Schmidt made another great run into the box, and when her centering pass rebounded back to her, she snatched a shot just wide, with the Seattle keeper beaten.

After a flurry of Vancouver chances, it was Seattle who got on the scoresheet on 67 minutes. From a Sounders corner on the left, Kate Deines stabbed a bouncing ball high towards goal, which McNulty clawed off the line. Shannon Lovejoy headed it back in front to Baysa on the doorstep and she acrobatically scored off a bicycle kick from two yards out.

Vancouver pressed for the equalizer. On minute 78, Schmidt on the left sent across a good ball to Karla Schacher, who did well to get a head to it, but only to see it come back off the left post. It ran to Milbrett, who had just been subbed into the game, and her shot from 12 yards was superbly saved by Salvi on the Seattle goal line.

Milbrett herself was disappointed not to contribute more to Saturday's playoff contest. "I could have tried to play with my sore back a little bit more, but we weren't trailing until around 65 minutes," she said after the game. "Yet, I admit it's frustrating to not be part of the team for a large part of the game."
 
The Whitecaps last chance came in minute 82, as Lam-Feist sent a ball ahead to Schacher breaking on the left. When Salvi came out to challenge, the Vancouver striker did well to fire the ball past her from a sharp angle, but it rolled inches wide of the far post.

Whitecaps centre back Lexi Marton felt her side performed well, despite the season-ending defeat. "It's a disappointment, as we all wanted to go to Virginia and the final four, but I think we are all happy with our performance today. We started slowly but came through to finish strongly in a the game could have gone either way."

Sounders head coach Teddy Mitalas was delighted that his side could overcome their arch-rivals in such a pivotal game. "It's always a great match-up between our two teams," he told whitecapsfc.com. "When we have an even set of players on both sides of the pitch, it makes for a good game, and people saw a good game today. By countering against Vancouver with a 4-3-3 formation, that helped us out, as we played in the same shape that they do. The championship tournament will be a tall order, but we're just happy to be going to Virginia Beach, as it will be our third year in a row in the final four."

This was the second time that Seattle has upset the Whitecaps in the Western Conference final. In 2003, they eliminated Vancouver on penalty kicks. Seattle now advance to the W-League's 'Final Four', where they will face Western Conference rivals Pali Blues in the single-game semifinals on Thursday, July 31, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Pali advanced directly after claiming the regular season crown with a perfect 12-0-0 record. The other semifinal will feature the champions of the Eastern and Central Conferences.

While Whitecaps head coach Bob Birarda was disappointed to see the season end abruptly on Saturday, he felt there was a lot to take from the 2008 campaign. "We don't like to lose the last game that we play in, but I think the season has been a big success," he told reporters after the game. "With the things that we have gone through and had to deal with, I was pleased by the energy and commitment that they showed, and that they still wanted to play for each other. The only disappointing thing was the result, but Seattle are a good team and we faced a lot of adversity from them today."

http://www.whitecapsfc.com/schedule/match07260802.aspx
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 27, 2008, 09:37:23 PM
Atlanta Silverbacks Women fall to the Washington Freedom
 
Sunday July 27, 2008
The Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s 2008 season ended much like the 2007 season did, at the hands of the Washington Freedom.
 
The Freedom dominated in possession throughout the Eastern Conference Championship game, but only squeaked by the Silverbacks 2-1 in overtime thanks to a 118th minute goal from Ali Andrzejewski.
 
With the win, the Freedom (13-1-2) move on to defend their W-League title as part of the final four with the Pali Blues and the champions of the Central and Western conferences.
 
Last season these same two teams met in the W-League finals, with the same result as Washington topped Atlanta 3-1.
 
This time, the Freedom handed the Silverbacks (14-1-1) their first loss of the season at its most critical juncture.
 
Washington had the run of play throughout the first half, keeping up constant pressure on the Atlanta goal from the opening whistle but Phillips made some aggressive plays on the ball to help keep it scoreless.
 
The Freedom outshot the Silverbacks 11-2 in the first half and 28-11 overall, but Atlanta made their chances count, with Christine Latham cashing in on the team’s second shot of the half in the 23rd minute to give the Silverbacks the 1-0 edge at the break.
 
Washington kept up the pressure through the rest of the half, with the best chance coming when Lori Lindsey took a shot from long distance that Phillips just pushed up into the cross bar. Welsh and Masar both followed with chances on the same sequence, but the Atlanta keeper made the save on Welsh’s shot and then collected the loose ball before Masar could get off a shot to keep the Silverbacks’ 1-0 edge.
 
Overall, Phillips made six first half saves and nine overall, including a diving save on a shot from Welsh in the last few minutes of the first half.
 
Atlanta got more pressure on the Washington net early in second half, with Latham taking a point-blank shot off of corner kick, but Chante Sandiford made the save for the Freedom.
 
Phillips got into trouble in the 60th minute when she took down Welsh inside box, drawing a yellow card and giving Washington a spot kick. Rebecca Moros took the penalty kick but shot it right at Phillips who then corralled the rebound to keep it the Freedom scoreless.
 
Washington amped back up the pressure as the second half wore on, with it paying off in the 77th minute when Welsh one-touched a pass from Emily Janss past Phillips to tie the score at 1-1.
 
Atlanta went into a defensive shell late in the second half, allowing lots of chances for the Freedom, particularly through corner kicks, with the Freedom holding a 19-4 edge in that statistic in the match. However, Washington wasn’t able to cash in on any of them, with Silverbacks defender Ronda Brooks saving a shot off the line in extra time to send the game into overtime.
 
The overtime periods continued much like regulation, with Washington having the bulk of the chances and Atlanta sneaking a few chances in including a near miss by Latham on a header off of a feed from Tara Minnax near the end of the first overtime period.
 
The Freedom’s constant attack resulted in the game-winner in the 118th minute when Andrzejewski tucked a pass from Welsh into the back of the net past a diving Phillips for the final 2-1 margin.
 
The W-League Championships will be held starting July 31, hosted by the Hampton Roads Piranhas at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex. The Championship match on August 2 will be aired live on Fox Soccer Channel.
 
Atlanta Silverbacks:
Ashley Phillips, Ronda Brooks, Rebecca Hall, Carolyn Ford, Melanie Schneider, Monica Buff (Randi-Lynn Bruso, 91), Lyndsey Patterson (Kay Harbrueger 116), Molly Franklin (Tara Minnax, 84), Krista Bobo (Jill Porto 69, Cortni Joyner 108), Christine Latham.
 
Washington Freedom:
Chante Sandiford, Sarah Senty (Jill Gilbeau, 75), Emily Janss, Alex Singer, Becky Saurebraunn, Lori Lindsey, Kele Golebiowski (Jenn Parsons 58, Christen Karniski 102), Sarah Huffman, Madison Keller (Rebecca Moros 58), Ella Masar (Ali Andrzejewski 67), Christine Welsh.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=965&cat=1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2008, 10:25:42 AM
Play-Offs

Sunday 27th July

Central Conference Play-Off Final
FC Indiana Lionesses 4 Ottawa Fury 3

Final Four are:-
FC Indiana Lionesses (Central Conference)
Pali Blues (Regular Season Champions)
Seattle Sounders (Western Conference)
Washington Freedom (Eastern Conference)

League Championship finals are being held at Virginia Beach this week - starting on Thursday 31st July, with the Final on Saturday.




Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 29, 2008, 10:42:47 AM
Goal 90 seconds from time denies Fury a Finals place

27.07.2008 Lafayette, Indiana
FC Indiana steal past Ottawa 4-3 in overtime to take Conference Title 

The Ottawa Fury Women led FC Indiana by two goals to one in the 92nd minute of regular time this evening and looked set to win the W-League Central Conference championships and a berth in the North American championships next week in Virginia Beach. However, a last minute goal from Spanish international Laura Del Rio would thwart a fine performance by the Fury and send the game into 30 minutes of overtime. FC Indiana would turn out eventual 4-3 winners and move onto the finals. The Fury season ends with a record of 14-2-0.

With both teams going into the game with 13 wins in 14 games both sides showed a lot of respect for each other in the early going. Long shots from Laura Sesselmann for Indiana and Lisa-Marie Woods for the Fury were easily dealt with by the goalkeepers. Both teams were strong on the franks with Del Rio and the Fury’s Jodie Taylor looking dangerous whenever they had possession.  FC Indiana would take the lead when a cross from the left was met by Kelly Parker  at the back post. Her header was parried by Fury keeper Erin Reinke but only into the path of the onrushing Sesselmann who scored from close range. The Fury thought they had equalized soon after when a cross from the right was powerfully headed he by Lisa-Marie Woods. The goal was disallowed for offside as another Fury player was in an offside position and considered active on the play. The Fury would finish the half strongly with Taylor a constant threat but left the field still trailing 1-0.

The Fury took command of the second half and it was no surprise when Anna Caniglia unleashed a fierce free kick which was deflected against the far post and into the net in the 61st minute. Six minutes later the Fury were ahead when Jennifer Hance powered in a corner from Caniglia. The Fury were playing confidently and would hold the lead right into time added on by the officials.  FC Indiana changed formation and piled on the pressure in the latter segments of the game. Finally with stoppage time running down, the ball broke favorably for Del Rio and she took full advantage by slotting home past Reinke.  A devastating blow for the Fury who with only seconds left had Virginia Beach in their sights.

The first period of extra time was even with both teams looking remarkably strong after such a punishing game. The game was changed on a moment of magic from Del Rio who came inside on a run from the right and curled a superbly placed shot into the top corner of the Fury net. The Fury now pushed further forward and left gaps at the bag. South African Veronica Phewa took advantage in the 103rd minute when clear to beat Reinke with a firm shot and give Indiana a two goal cushion. The Fury refused to lie down and in the second period of extra time, Jodie Taylor converted a spot kick after a hand ball was given. The game ended  with FC Indiana edging the Fury by 4-3.

Indiana  now advance to the W-League North American Championships to be held in Virginia Beach, VA. Semi-finals will be played next Thursday with the Championship Finals to be held on Saturday. The championship  tournament will feature Indiana (Central Conference), Washington Freedom (Eastern Conference and Holders),  Seattle Sounders ( Western Conference) and Pali Blues (2008 Regular Season champions). In the semi-finals  Indiana will play Seattle while Washington play Pali Blues.

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=911

 


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 01, 2008, 08:25:47 PM
League Championship Play-Offs

Thursday 31st July

Semi Finals (at Virginia Beach)
Seattle Sounders 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 1
Washington Freedom 0 Pali Blues 2

FC Indiana, Pali reach W-League Final
Lionesses snare late win; Posts and Pali deny Freedom repeat
USL News Release

Thursday, July 31, 2008

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Patience is a virtue, and for FC Indiana, they needed every bit of patience to squeak out a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the W-League over a very game Seattle Sounders club. In the second semifinal, the Pali Blues and the posts denied the Washington Freedom a repeat as W-League champion with Danesha Adams scoring twice for the 2-0 win.

Seattle Sounders 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 1

The game started with FC Indiana dominating possession. They controlled the pace of the game with great spacing and crisp passing.

In the 12th minute FC Indiana had their first real chance when midfielder Kelly Parker beat her defender just outside the 18-yard box and whistled a shot just over the crossbar.

Then the weather became the x-factor that it can be in crucial games. In the 18th minute heavy rain started to fall and persisted for the rest of the half.

Un-phased by the weather, FC Indiana continued to press the issue. Julianne Sitch and Lena Mosebo were consistently dangerous on the wings and peppered crosses in front of Seattle’s goal.

Fortunately for Seattle, they had Jessica Salvi in goal who was up to the task. Salvi showed no fear in constantly denying FC Indiana advances with saves and clearing punches.

FC Indiana’s best chance came in the 33rd minute when the dangerous Kelly Parker again created a scoring chance by defeating her defender and sending in a cross that Lauren Sesselmann headed off the crossbar.

Halftime came with the teams still tied at 0-0 and had an extended break due to a short lightning delay.

Seattle came out strong in the second half and started to gain some of the possession. The majority of the first part of the second half was played in FC Indiana’s end and knocked the Lionesses of guard.

FC Indiana picked up the pace in the 70th minute when Julianne Sitch again streaked down the sideline and sent in a dangerous ball that found the foot of a Seattle defender.

Throughout the game, even though they hadn’t scored, FC Indiana played with discipline and control. Those qualities were rewarded with a spectacular goal by Fatima Leyva in the 87th minute.

Leyva gained possession in the midfield and quickly maneuvered her way around two Seattle defenders before playing a beautiful give and go with W-League assist leader Laura Del Rio and finishing with a striker’s grace in the lower left hand corner.

Seattle was unable to create any chances in the waning moments of the game and fell by the score of 1-0. Seattle became just the second team this season to limit the Lionesses to one goal in a match with the previous match being FC Indiana’s 1-1 draw against Minnesota. The Sounders also had two narrow 1-0 defeats to regular season champion Pali Blues.

Washington Freedom 0 Pali Blues 2

The Pali Blues rode the leg of Danesha Adams as she scored two goals for the Blues as their march to perfection continued Thursday night by defeating the defending W-League Champion Washington Freedom 2-0 in the second semifinal of the W-League Championship.

The Freedom arguably gave Pali their toughest test of the year and for periods of the night were the better team. They just simply could not find the back of the net.

It started in the 6th minute when Freedom forward Christie Welsh sent a beautiful through ball to Kele Golebiowski, who was one on one with Blues goalie Valerie Henderson, but her shot sailed wide right.

Just three minutes later, the star of the match, Adams, had her first scoring chance of the game when she fought off two defenders and sent a shot off the left post before being cleared by a Washington defender.

Both teams continued to trade chances and continued to play an attacking and entertaining style of soccer. In the 22nd minute Washington had their best opportunity of the night when star Pali defender Jill Oakes turned the ball over in front of her goal. Welsh then pounced on the loose ball and sent a low line drive that beat Henderson to the left, but her shot clanked off the post.

Danesha Adams finally got the scoring going in the 26th minute with a beautiful volley off a cross from Collette McCallum. Pali controlled the ball from the backline and fluently worked the play up the wing to McCallum, who sent a perfect cross that Adams was able to bury in the back of the net.

Washington thought they scored the equalizer in the 28th minute when Sarah Huffman broke free and scored a goal. However, a late offside call that did not please the Freedom bench was whistled and the goal was called back. The half ended with Pali holding on to a 1-0 lead.

Washington started the second half strong and continued that play for the rest of the game.

“Washington was the better team through most of the second half,” said Pali Head Coach Charlie Naimo. “We changed formation for a little bit at the start of the second half, but that clearly wasn’t working the way I wanted it to, so we switched back.”

However that did not stop Washington’s pursuit to tie the game. In the 55th minute Pali was whistled for a hand ball right outside the area, which set up a golden opportunity for the Freedom. Washington midfielder Lori Lindsey took the free kick and sent a bending shot that curled around the wall and beat Henderson. But as was the case throughout the night, the soccer God’s did not smile on Washington and Lindsey’s shot hit the post.

Washington continued to dominate possession but could not get anything past the retreating Pali defense.

Adams put the game away in the 82nd minute for the Blues when she tallied her second goal of the game. The US youth international collected a loose ball just beyond the midfield line and used her speed to blow by two Freedom defenders. Adams then calmly chipped the ball over the charging Freedom keeper Chante Sandiford to make it 2-0 in Pali’s favor.

Washington still fought hard over the last few minutes of the game and for lady luck again denied Welsh, who ripped a shot that again found the post with the deflection going safely out of play. The Freedom hit the post a total of three times in the match.

Pali’s win sets up a marquee matchup in the W-League Championship on Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00 p.m. against FC Indiana. Both Pali and FC Indiana have been dominant on the season and their paths will finally meet this Saturday with a W-League Championship at stake.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/266543.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 03, 2008, 05:43:27 PM
League Championship Play-Offs

Saturday 2nd August

Third Place Play-Off
Seattle Sounders 0 Washington Freedom 2

Championship Final
FC Indiana Lionesses 1 Pali Blues 2


Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 03, 2008, 05:54:07 PM
Pali win W-League Championship
Expansion Blues rally from first deficit of the season to win title
USL News Release

Saturday, August 2, 2008

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- It’s not always the case that a game can live up to the hype, but the Pali Blues 2-1 victory over FC Indiana in the W-League Championship game will be remembered for ages.

The Pali Blues came out loose and relaxed and it showed early in the contest. Pali was in control of the game early, dominating possession and getting everyone involved. On the other hand, FC Indiana looked nervous and the big game jitters definitely contributed to early FC Indiana miscues.

Although FC Indiana could not keep possession for any period of time, their defense was solid and Pali could not create any true scoring chances. Jessica O’Rourke was key in FC Indiana’s early defensive play as Head Coach Shek Borkowski unleashed a defensive strategy which clogged up the space that the athletic Blues desperately needed.

“Shek did an excellent coaching job tonight,” said Pali Head Coach Charlie Naimo. “He was able to take away our athleticism and we were really in trouble.”

The first big moment of the match came in the 30th minute when FC Indiana thought they took the early lead. Laura Del Rio played a beautiful curling ball in the front of the Pali goalmouth, where the awaiting Lauren Sesselmann headed into the goal. However, Sesselmann was whistled for being a step offside.

Pali responded quickly to FC Indiana’s scoring chance with one of their own. US youth international Danesha Adams sent a through ball to India Trotter, who looked to have a good shot on goal. However, Trotter tried one too many moves and the retreating FC Indiana defense deflected Trotter’s shot wide.

Right before the end of the first half it looked again like FC Indiana would take a 1-0 lead when midfielder Lena Mosebo blew past a defender on the wing and found an open Spain international Laura Del Rio at the top of the box. Del Rio’s shot was pushed aside by Pali goalie Val Henderson and the deflection went towards the direction of the back post and also towards the direction of a sliding Lauren Sesselmann. However, the sliding Sesselmann was unable to connect as the ball went safely out of play. The two teams headed to the half level, but with the momentum clearly in FC Indiana’s favor.

FC Indiana used that momentum to come out strong in the second half. They dominated the early play and used that advantage to score the first goal of the match. Midfielder and Mexican international Fatima Leyva sent a dangerous curling corner in the 47th minute that found the head of Jessica O’Rourke to make it 1-0 FC Indiana.

This was the first time all season that Pali trailed in a match and it took awhile for the Blues to regain their focus and command of the game.

FC Indiana continued on the offensive following the goal and in the 57th minute almost made the score 2-0 when Lauren Sesselmann went down the sidelines and sent in a cross the Del Rio just headed wide of the goal. Del Rio was at it again in the 70th minute, when she sent another beautiful cross that FC Indiana forward Mexican international Monica Ocampo got too, but was unable to put on goal.

“We were really struggling to make anything happen in the first part of the second half,” said Naimo. “We switched our formation from a 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3 to try and get some energy up top.”

The switch worked magically for Naimo and in the 83rd minute Pali leveled the match. Pali defender Amy LePeilbet beat all FC Indiana players in the air to the ball from a corner sent in by Rosie Tantillo and smoothly deflected the ball past FC Indiana goalie Kristen Luckenbill.

The equalizing goal sent waves of confidence through the Blues players and sent FC Indiana into a state of shock they could not recover from. Pali used the bounce in their step just five minutes later to score the game-winning goal. Defender Kandace Wilson, who was moved up top by Naimo in the second half, beat her defender on the wing and sent in a cross that went over the outstretched hands of Luckenbill. Italian international Ilaria Pasqui jumped at the opportunity and sent a diving header into the back of the net for only her second goal of the year.

FC Indiana frantically tried to gather themselves to find the equalizer, but none came, and Pali rode the strength of two goals in the final 10 minutes to win the 2008 W-League Championship.

“Our depth was a huge reason why we won this game,” said Naimo. “Our bench gave us the energy we needed and helped put us on top.”

FC Indiana’s loss was especially devastating to midfielder Kelly Parker, who is now 0-3 in W-League Championship games.

“To have the game in our hands, to be able to see the trophy right in front of us, this just hurts a lot,” said an obviously dejected Parker. “With the 1-0 goal lead we played a little bit safer but the momentum swing at the end of the game was too much to overcome.”

Kelly Parker was arguably the best player on the field tonight. She made tireless runs up and down the field and was a constant thorn in the side of the Pali Blues.

“I have never seen Kelly play this well,” said Naimo. “I can’t say enough good things about her.”

With the win the Pali Blues finished their season with a perfect 14-0-0 record, trailing only for a period of 36 minutes – as about a perfect a season as any team could produce. Star defender Amy LePeilbet was named the Most Valuable Player of the W-League Championship as she scored the goal that breathed life back to Pali.

Washington claim third in W-League
Freedom dominate in 2-0 win over Seattle
USL News Release

Saturday, August 2, 2008

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The Washington Freedom took out their frustration from a hard fought semifinal loss on Thursday night to cruise to an easy 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in the Third Place Game of W-League Championship.

From the opening whistle the Freedom asserted their dominance on the match. In the fifth minute high pressure from Washington in Seattle’s end caused a turnover which Lori Lindsey almost converted into a goal, but her shot went wide.

The Freedom kept up the pressure the early on in the game and almost got on the scoreboard again in the seventh minute when a dangerous ball was whipped into Seattle’s box that was deflected by Christie Welsh to an oncoming Kele Golebiowski. Golebiowski’s shot, however, clanked off the right post and went out of bounds, continuing Thursday night’s theme of three shots off the woodwork for Washington.

The Freedom finally broke through in the 11th minute when a breakdown at midfield created a two-on-one break for Washington. Ella Masar drove hard at the defender and then laid a pass off to Welsh, who calmly finished in the lower right corner of the net.

The rest of the half continued to be played in the Sounders end, but Washington could not muster any goals and the two teams headed to halftime with the Freedom leading 1-0.

The second half started with Washington substituting a lot of their star players to allow their whole team to get the experience of playing in a championship setting. Seattle seized on the new substitutes and started to gain some possession and create some chances on goal. Seattle midfielders Annie Schefter and Chalise Baysa started to find open spaces but were unable to get anything past Washington goalie Chante Sandiford, the USL Super-20 League Championship MVP two years ago. Sandiford picked up the clean sheet.

Washington finished the scoring in the 86th minute when Sarah Huffman played a nice through ball to Ali Andrzejewski, who was able to send her shot past a diving Katie Hultin.

Washington finished the year with another successful W-League campaign but this time the defending champions had to settle for third place.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home





Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 06, 2008, 11:03:32 AM
W-League Combine Begins

Former WUSA player and current Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder, Tara Minnax named UBS Player of the Day

USL News Release
Friday, September 05, 2008

TAMPA – The on-field action for the inaugural W-League Combine kicked off today at the home of the W-League’s Tampa Bay Hellenic – Ed Radice Soccer Complex in Northwest Tampa. The players spent the early morning hours getting accustomed to their new teammates in an hour-and-a-half practice session. The first of four matches of the event then began at 2:00 PM EDT and ran through 8:00 PM.

In the first match of the afternoon, Tara Minnax, who spent two seasons with the former WUSA side Atlanta Beat and her last three seasons with the W-League Atlanta Silverbacks patrolled the midfield. Throughout the match, Minnax was constantly on the move, dishing out dangerous one-touch passes to her new teammates.

One of several players attending the W-League Combine with WUSA and W-League playing experience, Minnax was able to discuss the differences between the two leagues.

“The biggest difference between the WUSA and the W-League in Atlanta was that the Beat had a more noticeable international presence,” began Minnax. “The Beat was one of the most global teams in the WUSA. We had [Homare] Sawa from Japan as well as two huge U.S. National Team stars in Brianna Scurry and Cindy Parlow. All those international stars made a huge difference. At the same time, four or five of those players from the Beat have now come back to play for the Silverbacks this season: Julie Augustyniak, Sharolta Nonen, myself.”

Minnax hopes to draw the attention of one of the Women’s Professional Soccer coaches attending the W-League Combine and continue her professional career when the league begins play in 2009.

“I believe once we get all the top players back together in one league, the WPS will be just as competitive as the WUSA,” said Minnax. “Even more competitive.”

Now 28, Minnax played in 10 matches with the Silverbacks last season, which doubled as one of the best seasons in Silverbacks history. The club went 13-0-1 during the regular season, winning the Atlantic Division.

“I played in the W-League when I was young and I have to say that the level of play has gotten higher,” said Minnax. “Especially this past season, it was very competitive.”

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/274509.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 10, 2008, 02:14:28 PM
Both of the two major women’s football leagues in America (prior to the establishment of the WPS professional league in summer 2009) have set up “combine” tournaments within the last month.  The tournaments were organised to bring together some of the best talent in the two predominantly amateur leagues in a series of games at which scouts from the new WPS would be able to pick out likely prospects for their sides. The W-League combine involved a much larger roster of players than its WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) counterpart but the concept was the same for both.

Most of the USA and Canadian players will probably be unknown to forum members and visitors, but there were a few involved with connections from the UK and Eire which may be of interest.

W-League Combine

Zoe Avner (Ottawa Fury)
French player who has featured for Bristol Academy.

Nicola Davies (Fredericksburg Lady Gunners)
Welsh international goalie with 20 plus caps who’s been the regular Liverpool keeper at Northern and National Division level. Not sure whether she’s re-signed for Liverpool for this winter – could be that she’s decided to stay out in the USA after this combine. Another absentee from Liverpool’s squad, together with the departures to Blackburn and the coaching changes, which probably explain the Reds poor start to the season.
 
Emma Delves (Richmond Kickers Destiny)
Ex Arsenal academy student who has played for Fulham and Chelsea in recent campaigns.

Anne Houliston (Fredericksburg Lady Gunners)
Scottish youth international who has played for Glasgow City, Lochee United and Ayr United.

Rhonda Jones (Tampa Bay Hellenic)Scottish international who has played for Ayr United.

Tara Kidwell (Northern Virginia Majestics)American player who played for Bristol Rovers in 2005.

Michele O’Brien (Jersey Sky Blue)
Irish international who was part of Arsenal’s squad in 2003 and played for Watford in 2007-08.

Jodie Taylor (Ottawa Fury)
British born player who has spent most of her playing career at University of Portland but has had two very successful seasons across the border with the Fury. England U23 international who’s played in the Nordic Cup but missed this year’s tournament, possibly because the Fury had made it to the post-season play-offs.

Been meaning to pick out what happened this year to the players from this side of the water in the summer leagues – just judging from the League stats, I’d have thought Jodie may have the best chance of picking up on a pro career with one of the WPS outfits.

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 19, 2008, 08:16:18 PM
At the end of the summer season the W-League made an announcement about a new team for the 2009 season.

Buffalo Flash join W-League in 2009

USL News Release

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today the first W-League expansion team to be added for the 2009 season, unveiling that the Sahlen family, led by W-League player Alexandra Sahlen, has acquired the franchise rights for the greater Buffalo area, which will be home to the new Buffalo Flash.

Sahlen is currently the President of Sahlen Sports Park, a family-owned indoor sports facility that the W-League team will call home for training. The facility is an 180,000 sq/ft multi-sport center with three open fields, a boarded field, a fitness center, soccer store and café. The facility features a full field sized 70 by 100 yards and is home to numerous adult and youth sports leagues and tournaments.

The team will play at Orchard Park High School, where the Sahlen family has contributed in the school’s fundraising efforts to renovate the multi-purpose field over the past year.

Prior to suspending her W-League season after one game this year due to a stress fracture, Sahlen was a three-year player for the Rochester Rhinos W-League team, seeing action in 39 games from 2005-07, including the championship final four tournament hosted by Rochester last year. The former Niagara University player and assistant coach will also likely play for the Flash next season.

"I’m thrilled to be pioneering the development of women’s soccer in the Greater Buffalo area and look to bring a new level of competitive soccer to the area. Our one of a kind facility and deep successful family history, combined with the USL W-League’s standard will no doubt become a fruitful partnership that will influence women and girls of all ages in the Western New York area for years to come."

The Sahlen name is well known in the northeast as a leading producer of quality meat products. Based in Buffalo, the company was founded in 1869 and is still family-owned and operated five generations later.

The Sahlen family has become very involved in sports and sports marketing over the past four years. In addition to the indoor facility and the new W-League franchise, Sahlen’s is the Official Hot Dog of the Buffalo Bills NFL team and it has been a sponsor of a racing team in the Grand Am Koni Challenge and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and title sponsor of two races held at the legendary Watkins Glen auto race track. The co-owner of Team Sahlen and one of several drivers is Alexandra Sahlen’s father, Joseph.

“We are thrilled to welcome an entrepreneurial player into the W-League family as a team owner and operator,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “With her family’s tradition of excellence in business and sports in the region, we are confident that Alexandra Sahlen will follow in the family’s footsteps and make the new W-League team a success on and off the field.”

The Flash name is a carryover from the racing team, which incorporates an electric flash in its design scheme. The electric flash, also present on the city’s flag, is a reflection of Buffalo’s history with hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls. Known as the City of Light due to the widespread prevalence of electricity throughout the city, Buffalo was, in fact, the first city to ever use electric street lights.

http://www.uslsoccer.com/features/Expansion/266595.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 23, 2008, 12:24:47 PM
West Virginia Illusion franchise folds

Due to high expenses and inability to capture outside investors and funding, the Illusion franchise of the W-League has announced it will fold.

The Illusion played last season in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and were based in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the summer in bottom spot in their division.

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 24, 2008, 03:47:18 PM
My French is a bit rusty nowadays after years of neglect but I gather that there will be a new W-League team based in Quebec next summer.

The new franchise is likely to be in Quebec City and would compete in the Central Conference (Northern Division) if there is no further re-structuring of the League during the winter.

Source - Association Regionale de Soccer de Quebec
Title: Re: W League
Post by: shlj on September 24, 2008, 03:53:29 PM
http://www.arsq.qc.ca/default.aspx?p=150

The article says they will play in the highest level in womens footie in North America...
They will play in the division with Laval, Ottawa, Vermont, Boston, Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 24, 2008, 04:04:49 PM
Merci bien, mon ami. :) :)
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on September 26, 2008, 09:08:31 PM
W-League heads to Quebec City

Arsenal set to begin play in 2009

USL News Release

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

QUEBEC CITY, QC -- At Québec city hall, in the présence of François Picard, vice-president of the Québec executive committee, the club board has announced the name of the team that will represent the Québec area in the W-League in 2009, the Québec Arsenal.

The W-League presents the highest level of womens’ soccer in North America, and will give athletes from the Québec area access to first-class competition. The team will wear white, black and gold and will begin its first season in May at Séminaire St-François’ new stadium.

”The W-League has had tremendous success in Canada over the years,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “USL has been wonderfully supported when friendlies have been played in the city of Quebec and we expect the community to rally behind the Arsenal when they begin play next spring.”

The team will be playing other W-League teams in Northeast Canada and the United States. The official alignment will be released from the USL office following the 2008 AGM in Tampa, FL.

The club has also announced the nomination of Maxime Barabé as its general manager. “We are enthusiastic to play in a well established league and we believe we will be competitive as soon as 2009. We wish to bring together the best players in our area, but also attract the best talent in eastern Canada. We also want to bring back players from the Québec area playing elsewhere in the league so they can play in front of their families and friends,” Maxime stated.

“We are happy to offer to soccer fans of the Québec area a very interesting, spectacular, family-oriented product, in the superb environment that is Séminaire Saint-François’ stadium. We will be able to host nearly 1,500 people and make each game a true soccer experience,” said Stéphane Alain, member of the Arsenal board.

The club’s logo features the silhouette of famed hotel Chateau Frontenac, which opened in 1893 and has become a symbol of the city as one of its most popular attractions. The club will now look to hire its head coach, and then begin player recruiting.

The Québec Arsenal is a non-profit organization created to ensure the development of regional soccer in the Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. The Arsenal is an original idea from a team of four promoters: Samir Ghrib, David Desloges, Stéphane Alain and Maxime Barabé. The team’s five-person board will consist of three individuals from the Association Régionale de Soccer de Québec (ARSQ).

Maxime Barabe, who holds a CSA national B License, began coaching for the Dynamo de Quebec U17 womens team in 1993 - 1998. In addition, he coaches the Quebec provincial U-17 girls team. From 1994-2005 he coached FX Garneau College Elans women who were national champions in 2002, 2003 & 2004. He was the ARSQ assistant to the technical director from 1998-2002 and has been the ARSQ executive director since August 2002.

Michel Valle is an infrastructure specialist for Quebec Transportation who has been involved as a coach and manager since 1998. He was the Dynamo Women’s manager from 2000-2007 (National Champion 2007). Valle served as Dynamo De Quebec President from 2000-2005 and has been the ARSQ President since January 2006.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/280077.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on December 12, 2008, 07:28:36 PM
Gaels become Red Eleven in Chicago

Club names Tony Anglin coach of WPS’ Red Stars affiliate
USL News Release
Thursday, December 11, 2008

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Gaels have announced that they will continue operations in the USL W-League in 2009 as the Chicago Red Eleven under the new ownership of Ted Gradel. Gradel has purchased the franchise and looks to build upon the success that Gaels’ owner Mark Boyle has established in the past four seasons for the Chicago area franchise.

The Red Eleven franchise has been active in the past month with a number of other noteworthy developments.

Larry Sunderland will serve as Technical Director, a role he fills for both the Chicago Fire of the USL Premier Development League and the Chicago Fire Juniors. W-League 2008 Coach of the Year Tony Anglin, who led the Atlanta Silverbacks to a 13-0-1 record in 2008, will be the head coach for the Red Eleven in 2009.

“Our first priority was to find the best possible coach available – someone to create a training environment that results in a winning side and, equally as important, aids in the development and identification of future professional players,” said Sunderland. “With that said, Ted and I felt Tony Anglin was the right person. His experience coaching in the league, his passion for moving players forward, and his professionalism on and off the field are unquestioned.”

The balance of the coaching staff includes Benedictine women’s head coach Robyn Serge, Chicago Fire Juniors assistant director of coaching Steve Berry, and St. Xavier Chicago women’s assistant coach and Gaels staff coach Evan Strehlau.

Home games for the Red Eleven will be played at the beautiful 3,000 seat stadium of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

The Chicago Red Eleven will also serve as the exclusive W-League affiliate of the Chicago Red Stars of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) for the state of Illinois.

“The Red Stars are pleased to continue our relationship with Chicago’s W-League team under its new leadership,” said Chicago Red Stars President and CEO Peter Wilt. “I’ve enjoyed working with Larry Sunderland for more than 20 years, and I look forward to working with him again, along with owner Ted Gradel, to launch the Red Eleven. This club will serve as a great place for the Red Stars to watch players who aspire to progress to WPS.”

Red Stars head coach Emma Hayes, who was instrumental in bringing Tony Anglin in as Red Eleven head coach, added, “we are excited to work with Red Eleven and to support them in putting together a competitive roster.”

“We are extremely excited and proud of our relationship with the Red Stars,” said Red Eleven Owner Ted Gradel. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our girls to be seen by the Red Stars coaching staff on a regular basis.”

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/294428.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 12, 2009, 06:41:31 PM
Missed this announcement at the tail end of last year.

Colorado Force FC Name Change
11/11/2008

Colorado Force FC is the new name for the women's Northern Colorado franchise of the United Soccer Leagues W-League.

Formerly the Fort Collins Force, the new name 'reflects the expansion of our team's geographic reach and embraces our growing audience of fans and participants,' said Colorado Force owner Amy Snider.

The name change is effective immediately.

http://www.forcesoccer.org/force/news.asp?action=det&id=231
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 12, 2009, 07:12:28 PM
W-League 2009 season details set

Alignment and competition structure announced for next season

USL News Release
Thursday, December 11, 2008

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the details for the 2009 USL W-League season. Among the details finalized recently at the 2008 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL were the alignment, schedule structure and playoff details for the 2009 competition.

The W-League will consist of 37 teams in 2009, playing in five divisions that comprise the three conferences. One minor change to the alignment format is the name change of the Northern Division to Great Lakes.

Expansion teams that have been formally announced to date are the Buffalo Flash and Quebec City Arsenal with an additional team yet to be formally unveiled. Teams undergoing name changes are the Western New York Pride (formerly Rochester Rhinos), Chicago Red Eleven (Chicago Gaels), Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (Jersey Sky Blue) and the Colorado Force (Fort Collins Force).

Teams will play a 12 or 14 game seasons depending on their division with the season opening May 8 and concluding July 19.

The W-League postseason will be extended to three weeks with the league semifinals and championship being split into two separate weekends. Eleven W-League teams will qualify for the postseason tournament in 2009 with the league’s Regular Season Champion (based on point percentage) receiving a bye to the league semifinals. The remaining teams will compete in three conference tournaments in playoff week one July 24-26 to determine the other three league semifinalists for the weekend of July 31-August 1 at two locations. The regular season champion will face the lowest remaining overall seed unless they have played during the season, which would result in a pairing with the next lowest seed. The championship game will be August 7-8, and will air on Fox Soccer Channel.

2009 W-League Alignment

Central Conference  
Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven, Cleveland Internationals, Fort Wayne Fever, FC Indiana Lionesses, Kalamazoo Outrage, Minnesota Lightning, West Michigan Firewomen
Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash, Hamilton Avalanche, Laval Comets, London Gryphons, Ottawa Fury, Quebec City Arsenal, Toronto Lady Lynx, Western New York Pride

Central Conference Playoff Format: The playoffs begin with a midweek divisional playoff game between the second and third-seeded teams in the Great Lakes Division. The divisional playoff winner will join the Great Lakes top seed and the top two teams from the Midwest Division at the conference tournament (top seed has first right to host or host determined by bid). The divisional top seeds face the lower seed from the opposite division in the conference semifinals.

Eastern Conference  
Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks, Cary, Charlotte Lady Eagles, Hampton Roads Piranhas, Northern Virginia Majestics, Richmond Kickers Destiny, Tampa Bay Hellenic
Northeast Division
Boston Renegades, Connecticut Passion, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, Long Island Rough Riders, New Jersey Wildcats, New York Magic, Washington Freedom, Western Mass Lady Pioneers

Eastern Conference Playoff Format: The top two teams each from the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions will meet at the conference tournament (top seed has first right to host or host determined by bid). The divisional top seeds face the lower seed from the opposite division in the conference semifinals.

Western Conference
Colorado Force, Los Angeles Legends, Pali Blues, Real Colorado Cougars, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Ventura County Fusion

Western Conference Playoff Format: The top two teams meet in a conference championship match.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/294509.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on January 28, 2009, 01:35:23 PM
2009 W-League schedule unveiled

15th season kicks off May 8 in Charlotte
USL News Release
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the 2009 regular season schedule for the W-League, which will be kicking off its 15th season with the Hampton Roads Piranhas, one of the league’s original teams from 1995, visiting the Charlotte Lady Eagles in the lone game of Opening Night on Friday, May 8.

The Piranhas opener will be their 185th all-time league match in the W-League, putting them in reach of the 200-mark should they reach the postseason, while Charlotte kicks off its 10th campaign in the league with the Lady Eagles’ 137th game.

Opening weekend continues with four more matches the following evening as the 2007 and 2008 W-League champions both open their campaigns. The Washington Freedom, semifinalists in 2007, will visit the Boston Renegades while the defending champion Pali Blues play host to the Los Angeles Legends. The other two matches feature the Long Island Rough Riders hosting the New Jersey Wildcats and the Western Mass Lady Pioneers visiting the New York Magic.

The 2008 runners-up FC Indiana Lionesses open their campaign Wednesday, May 13 at Fort Wayne. The other remaining 2008 semifinalist Seattle Sounders will travel to Vancouver to face the two-time league champion and longtime rival Whitecaps the following weekend on Saturday, May 16.

The Great Lakes and Northeast divisions will play 14-game schedules with the remaining divisions all playing a 12-match campaign.

The season concludes Sunday, July 19 with a slate of 10 matches that will see Washington and FC Indiana both in action. The playoffs will begin just days later as the Great Lakes Division plays a midweek Divisional Round match between the second and third seeds to determine the second participant in the conference tournament.

As previously announced, the W-League postseason has been extended to three weeks with the league semifinals and championship being split into two separate weekends. Eleven W-League teams will qualify for the postseason tournament in 2009 with the league’s Regular Season Champion (based on point percentage) receiving a bye to the league semifinals. The remaining teams will compete in three conference tournaments in playoff week one July 24-26 to determine the other three league semifinalists for the weekend of July 31-August 1 at two locations. The regular season champion will face the lowest remaining overall seed unless they have played during the season, which would result in a pairing with the next lowest seed. The championship game will be August 7-8, and will air on Fox Soccer Channel.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/302526.html

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on February 04, 2009, 10:43:38 PM
The W League structure allows for individual teams to decide to operate on a semi-professional basis - the main restriction as I understand it is that college players (NCAA) cannot play on the same team as players receiving payment.

An interesting parallel to the WPS start-up seems to be that clubs are taking up the option.

Flash name Lines Head Coach

Former New Zealand international to guide new pro team
Buffalo Flash News Release - www.buffaloflashsoccer.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

BUFFALO, NY -- The Buffalo Flash of the United Soccer Leagues and their recently acquired head coach, former New Zealand international and USL-1 veteran Aaran Lines, announced their intention to field a team of professional players in their first year of W-League competition.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Buffalo Flash from the ground up,” said Lines. “I am looking forward to recruiting high quality players to form an explosive, exciting team for the Buffalo fans to support and vie for the W-league Championship.”

Lines is an experienced international player with 41 appearances for New Zealand, participating in the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup with New Zealand during his national team career. Lines has played for clubs in Germany, New Zealand, Poland, and most recently in the United States for the USL First Division Rochester Rhinos. He began his USL-1 stint with the Portland Timbers in 2005 and played his final two seasons with the Rhinos, seeing action in 66 USL-1 regular season games and recording three goals and seven assists. His club advanced to the postseason all three seasons with the Rhinos reaching the USL-1 Championship game in 2006.

Lines played from 1993-97 for Werder Bremen, counting games on the youth, reserve and first teams with the storied German club. Lines also spent time with Ruch Chorzow of the Polish First Division, Dresden of the German Second Bundesliga, the Auckland Football Kingz of the Australian National League (A-league), and VfL Osnabruck of the German Second Bundesliga. Lines has a UEFA B coaching license and has coached all levels in Germany, Australia, and America. He currently is serving as the Advanced training instructor at Sahlen Sports Park and is the technical director for Empire United Soccer Academy Buffalo.

“We believe Aaran Lines will provide the Flash with a very stable, central focus that we can build our team around. His past playing and coaching experiences in America and internationally will be a great asset in developing the flash into a winning team,” said Team President Alex Sahlen.

The opportunities afforded by the W-League’s Pro-Am format is what drew the Buffalo Flash to a pro roster.

“I’m thrilled to be providing a great opportunity for women across the world as one of the ten professional clubs in the nation. Not only will we be able to draw committed and high quality players, but we will be able to give them elite coaching, compensation for their efforts on the field, and coaching opportunities through our facility, Sahlen Sports Park. All of these facets combined will no doubt elevate our players to the next level.”

“USL is committed to the growth of the women’s game through its various platforms whether it is youth, amateur or professional. While the primary focus of the W-League has been the development of collegiate players we are pleased that we can now provide franchises such as the Buffalo Flash the opportunity to utilize professional rosters,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “We feel that Buffalo Flash will be able to provide the expected environment both on and off the field for current and future professional female players, and that they will bring an extra competitive aspect to the Great Lakes Division for the 2009 season.”

Prospective players who have completed their collegiate career and are interested in playing for the Flash can contact Coach Lines at Sahlen Sports Park directly, or visit the Buffalo Flash website at www.buffaloflashsoccer.com and fill out the prospective player form. The Flash open their season against the Quebec City Arsenal on May 24th.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/304312.html
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: shlj on April 09, 2009, 05:09:07 PM
And the play-off plan :

http://www.uslsoccer.com/docs/home/W-Bracket-2009.pdf

Quite complicated, the grat lakes champion could win it by playing 6 games while the regular season winner needs 2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on April 18, 2009, 01:15:27 AM
W-League 2009 season details set

Alignment and competition structure announced for next season

Expansion teams that have been formally announced to date are the Buffalo Flash and Quebec City Arsenal with an additional team yet to be formally unveiled. Teams undergoing name changes are the Western New York Pride (formerly Rochester Rhinos), Chicago Red Eleven (Chicago Gaels), Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (Jersey Sky Blue) and the Colorado Force (Fort Collins Force).


Just a bit of an update as the 2009 season approaches:

One more name change - Carolina Railhawks will now be playing in the W League under the name Cary Lady Clarets. They are still attached to the Railhawks club but have altered their name as a result of a new partnership with...surprise, surprise...Burnley.

A few clubs (or franchises) have also apparently dropped out of the W League scene although there is no promotion/relegation scenario in the States.  4 of the 6 missing clubs have probably chosen not to continue because of poor playing records - Vermont Lady Voltage, Bradenton Athletics, West Virginia Illusion and Fredericksburg Lady Gunners. The other two are less obvious - Michigan Hawks and Carolina Dynamo.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 04, 2009, 07:19:01 PM
Week 1

Friday 8th May

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 2

Saturday 9th May

North East Division
Boston Renegades 0 Washington Freedom 1
Long Island Rough Riders 0 New Jersey Wildcats 1
New York Magic 1 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 2 Los Angeles Legends 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: october74uk on May 04, 2009, 08:28:43 PM
So have any of the English players decided to go over to America for the summer this season?

I know that the English striker Jodie Taylor is now signed to play for the Pali Blues but she didn't leave a club here. She has always been in the states.

Are there any others?
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 08, 2009, 12:51:46 AM
W-League Opening Night

Five “Champions Weekend” matchups on opening weekend
USL Feature

Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tampa, Florida

USL's W-League opens the 2009 campaign with what could be labeled “Champions Weekend,” as four of the five Opening Weekend matches feature past winners of league championships. It all kicks off Friday night when the Charlotte Lady Eagles host the Hampton Roads Piranhas in a clash of two former champions.
 
Charlotte was the first of the two to claim a league title, winning the 2001 W-2 championship in the second of three consecutive appearances in a final. Two years later, Hampton Roads posted a perfect season en route to the 2003 W-League crown.
 
The weekend continues Saturday, May 9 with the 2005 champion New Jersey Wildcats running against the Long Island Rough Riders. Later that day, the 2007 winners, Washington Freedom will visit 2001-2002 champions Boston Renegades in a showdown of two sides that are also affiliated with Women’s Professional Soccer sides. The night concludes with the Pali Blues opening up their 2008 USL W-League title defense at home against the Los Angeles Legends.
 
The lone match without a champion, Western Mass Lady Pioneers at New York, is not devoid of championship flirtation. The Magic nearly won the league title twice, settling for Third Place in W-2 in 1998 and 1999.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/329117.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: shlj on May 12, 2009, 12:20:23 PM
So have any of the English players decided to go over to America for the summer this season?

I know that the English striker Jodie Taylor is now signed to play for the Pali Blues but she didn't leave a club here. She has always been in the states.

Are there any others?
There are a few who are already there like Vaila Barsley who plays for the Long Island Rough riders, she was at the Arsenal Academy couple of years ago.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 13, 2009, 02:28:09 PM
Week 2

Friday 15th May

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 3 Charlotte Lady Eagles 1

Saturday 16th May

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Tampa Bay Hellenic 0
Hampton Roads Piranhas 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 0

Great Lakes Division
Rochester Ravens 0 Toronto Lady Lynx 4

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 0 Boston Renegades 0
New York Magic 3 Connecticut Passion 3
Western Mass Lady Pioneers 1 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 3

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Seattle Sounders 1
Ventura County Fusion 1 Real Colorado Cougars 3

Sunday 17th May

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 4 Chicago Red Eleven 0
Kalamazoo Outrage 3 West Michigan Firewomen 1

North East Division
New York Magic 0 Boston Renegades 3

Western Division
Pali Blues 2 Real Colorado Cougars 0

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 22, 2009, 03:35:59 PM
Week 3

Tuesday 19th May

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 0 Real Colorado Cougars 1

Friday 22nd May

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 3 Richmond Kickers Destiny 3

Saturday 23rd May

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Hampton Roads Piranhas 1
Richmond Kickers Destiny 1 Charlotte Lady Eagles 4
Tampa Bay Hellenic 3 Northern Virginia Majestics 0

Great Lakes Division
Rochester Ravens 0 Quebec City Amiral 3
Toronto Lady Lynx 1 London Gryphons 1

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Chicago Red Eleven 7

North East Division
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 6 New York Magic 0
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Long Island Rough Riders 2

Sunday 24th May

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 4 Quebec City Amiral 2

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 1 Long Island Rough Riders 4




Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on May 26, 2009, 01:29:20 PM
Week 4

Monday 25th May

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 3 Hampton Roads Piranhas 0

Wednesday 27th May

Great Lakes Division
London Gryphons 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 8 West Michigan Firewomen 0

Western Division
Colorado Force 0 Seattle Sounders 1

Friday 29th May

Great Lakes Division
Rochester Ravens 0 Buffalo Flash 6

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 1 FC Indiana Lionesses 1

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 0 Seattle Sounders 1

Saturday 30th May

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Cary Lady Clarets 1
Tampa Bay Hellenic 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Great Lakes Division
London Gryphons 1 Ottawa Fury 3

North East Division
Boston Renegades 3 New Jersey Wildcats 2
Connecticut Passion 1 New York Magic 0
Long Island Rough Riders 1 Washington Freedom 3

Sunday 31st May

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Ottawa Fury 5
Quebec City Amiral 3 Laval Comets 1
Toronto Lady Lynx 7 Rochester Ravens 0

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 6 West Michigan Firewomen 1

North East Division
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4 Washington Freedom 2
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 New Jersey Wildcats 2
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 01, 2009, 09:28:28 PM
Week 5

Wednesday 3rd June

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 2 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Thursday 4th June

Midwest Division
Minnesota Lightning 5 Fort Wayne Fever 1

Western Division
Colorado Force 2 Real Colorado Cougars 2

Friday 5th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 3 Cary Lady Clarets 0

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 5 Rochester Ravens 0

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 1 New Jersey Wildcats 3

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 2 Pali Blues 2

Saturday 6th June

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 1 Tampa Bay Hellenic 1
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Hampton Roads Piranhas 5

Great Lakes Division
London Gryphons 0 Laval Comets 1
Ottawa Fury 5 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 0 Chicago Red Eleven 4
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 4

North East Division
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 2 Boston Renegades 1
Long Island Rough Riders 6 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Sunday 7th June

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 2
Northern Virginia Majestics 2 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Laval Comets 0
Quebec City Amiral 3 Toronto Lady Lynx 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 2 West Michigan Firewomen 0

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Boston Renegades 2

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 2 Ventura County Fusion 2
Real Colorado Cougars 2 Colorado Force 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Pali Blues 1

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 09, 2009, 12:28:34 AM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 7th June 2009
1   Buffalo Flash              3   3   0   0    15-2     9
2   Ottawa Fury               3   3   0   0    13-2     9
3   Quebec City Amiral      4   3   0   1   11-5     9
4   Toronto Lady Lynx      6   2   2   2    14-10   8
5   Laval Comets             3   1   0   2     2-4      3
6   Hamilton Avalanche    2   1   0   1     1-5      3
7   London Gryphons       4   0   2   2     3-6      2
8   Rochester Ravens       5   0   0   5     0-25    0

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 7th June 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven            4   3   0   1    19-4     9
2   Minnesota Lightning           3   2   1   0    12-3     7
3   FC Indiana Lionesses          3   2   1   0     9-1      7
4   Kalamazoo Outrage            2   1   0   1     3-5      3
5   Cleveland Internationals      2   1   0   1     2-4     3
6   Fort Wayne Fever               1   0   0   1     1-5      0
7   West Michigan Firewomen   5   0   0   5     2-26    0
  
Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 7th June 2009
1   Atlanta Silverbacks              4   4   0   0    11-1   12
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic              6   3   2   1   11-5   11
3   Hampton Roads Piranhas      5   3   0   2   10-6     9
4   Cary Lady Clarets                5   2   1   2     7-9     7
5   Charlotte Lady Eagles          5   1   2   2     9-9     5
6   Northern Virginia Majestics   4   1   0   3    2-7      3
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny    5   0   1   4     5-18    1

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 7th June 2009
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    4   4   0   0   15-4   12
2   Long Island Rough Riders                    6   3   1   2   13-5   10
3   Boston Renegades                              6   3   1   2     9-5   10
4   New Jersey Wildcats                           5   3   0   2     8-7     9
5   Connecticut Passion                            5    2   1   2   8-11    7
6   Washington Freedom                           3   2   0   1   6-5      6
7   New York Magic                                  5   1   1   3   4-13    4
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*   6   0   0   6   3-16   -3
* 3 points deducted
  
Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 7th June 2009
1   Seattle Sounders            5   2   3   0   6-4   9
2   Pali Blues                      4   2   2   0   7-4   8
3   Real Colorado Cougars    6   2   2   2   8-8   8
4   Vancouver Whitecaps      3   0   3   0   3-3   3
5   Colorado Force              3    0   2   1   4-5   2
6   Los Angeles Legends      3   0   1   2    3-5   1
7   Ventura County Fusion    2   0   1   1   3-5   1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 09, 2009, 04:40:18 PM
Week 6

Wednesday 10th June

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 1 Quebec City Amiral 2
Rochester Ravens 1 Hamilton Avalanche 1

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Cleveland Internationals 0

North East Division
Washington Freedom v Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
(this one seems to have been postponed)

Friday 12th June

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 3 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 2

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 0 Ottawa Fury 1

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 1 FC Indiana Lionesses 1

North East Division
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 1 Connecticut Passion 0
New Jersey Wildcats 2 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 0 Pali Blues 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 Los Angeles Legends 0

Saturday 13th June

Atlantic Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Tampa Bay Hellenic 2 Cary Lady Clarets 1

Great Lakes Division
Quebec City Amiral 4 London Gryphons 2

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Cleveland Internationals 3
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Kalamazoo Outrage 1

North East Division
New York Magic 0 New Jersey Wildcats 0
Washington Freedom 4 Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0

Sunday 14th June

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 4

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 3
Laval Comets 3 London Gryphons 0
Rochester Ravens 0 Ottawa Fury 4

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 7 Cleveland Internationals 0

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Long Island Rough Riders 1

Western Division
Colorado Force 0 Pali Blues 0
Seattle Sounders 3 Los Angeles Legends 1

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 17, 2009, 08:39:11 PM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 14th June 2009
1   Ottawa Fury               5   5   0   0    18-2    15
2   Quebec City Amiral      6   5   0   1   17-8    15
3   Toronto Lady Lynx      7   3   2   2    17-11  11
4   Buffalo Flash              5   3   0   2    16-6     9
5   Laval Comets             5   2   0   3     6-6      6
6   Hamilton Avalanche    3   1   1   1     2-6      4
7   London Gryphons       6   0   2   4     5-13    2
8   Rochester Ravens       7   0   1   6    1-30     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 14th June 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven            6   4   1   1    22-5    13
2   FC Indiana Lionesses          5   3   2   0    17-2    11
3   Minnesota Lightning           3   2   1   0    12-3     7
4   Kalamazoo Outrage            3   2   0   1     4-5      6
5   Cleveland Internationals      5   2   0   3    5-14     6
6   Fort Wayne Fever               2   0   0   2     2-8      0
7   West Michigan Firewomen   6   0   0   6     2-27    0

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 14th June 2009
1   Atlanta Silverbacks               7   7   0   0   18-1    21
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic              7   4   2   1   13-6    14
3   Hampton Roads Piranhas      6   3   0   3    10-8     9
4   Charlotte Lady Eagles          6   2   2   2    12-10    8
5   Cary Lady Clarets                6   2   1   3     8-11    7
6   Northern Virginia Majestics   5   1   0   4     2-8      3
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny     7   0   1   6     6-25    1

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 14th June 2009
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    5   5   0   0   16-4   15
2   Boston Renegades                              7   4   1   2    11-6   13
3   New Jersey Wildcats                           7   4   1   2    10-8   13
4   Long Island Rough Riders                    7   3   1   3   14-7    10
5   Washington Freedom                          4    3   0   1   10-5     9
6   Connecticut Passion                            6    2   1   3   8-12     7
7   New York Magic                                  6   1   2   3   4-13     5
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  8   0   0   8   4-22    -3
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 14th June 2009
1   Seattle Sounders            6   3   3   0   9-5  12
2   Pali Blues                      6   3   3   0   8-4  12
3   Real Colorado Cougars    7   2   2   3   8-9   8
4   Vancouver Whitecaps      4   0   4   0   3-3   4
5   Colorado Force              4    0   3   1   4-5   3
6   Los Angeles Legends      5   0   2   3    4-8   2
7   Ventura County Fusion    2   0   1   1   3-5   1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 17, 2009, 09:00:14 PM
Week 7

Monday 15th June

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 0 Ventura County Fusion 1

Tuesday 16th June

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 2 Fort Wayne Fever 2

Wednesday 17th June

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche v Toronto Lady Lynx  (postponed)

North East Division
Boston Renegades 1 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 1
New York Magic 0 Long Island Rough Riders 4

Western Division
Colorado Force 1 Ventura County Fusion 1

Thursday 18th June

Great Lakes Division
Ottawa Fury 2 Quebec City Amiral 0

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Minnesota Lightning 0

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Friday 19th June

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 1 Northern Virginia Majestics 0

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 4 Minnesota Lightning 0
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 Chicago Red Eleven 1

Saturday 20th June

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Northern Virginia Majestics 0
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Cary Lady Clarets 3

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 2 Laval Comets 0
London Gryphons 1 Quebec City Amiral 2

North East Division
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 1 Western Mass. Lady Pioneers 0
Long Island Rough Riders 2 Connecticut Passion 0
Washington Freedom 9 New York Magic 0

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3

Sunday 21st June

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 2 Cary Lady Clarets 1

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Quebec City Amiral 2
Rochester Ravens 0 Laval Comets 2
Toronto Lady Lynx 1 Buffalo Flash 1

North East Division
Washington Freedom 3 New Jersey Wildcats 0

Western Division
Colorado Force 2 Los Angeles Legends 0
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 28, 2009, 10:21:12 AM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 21st June 2009
1   Quebec City Amiral      9   7   0   2   21-11   21
2   Ottawa Fury               6   6   0   0    20-2    18
3   Buffalo Flash              7   4   1   2    19-7    13
4   Toronto Lady Lynx      8   3   3   2    18-12   12
5   Laval Comets             7   3   0   4     8-8       9
6   Hamilton Avalanche    4   1   1   2     2-8       4
7   London Gryphons       7   0   2   5     6-15     2
8   Rochester Ravens       8   0   1   7     1-32     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 21st June 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven            8   6   1   1    25-5    19
2   FC Indiana Lionesses          6   4   2   0    21-2    14
3   Minnesota Lightning           5   2   1   2    12-9     7
4   Kalamazoo Outrage            4   2   0   2     4-6      6
5   Cleveland Internationals      5   2   0   3    5-14     6
6   Fort Wayne Fever               3   0   1   2     4-10    1
7   West Michigan Firewomen   7   0   1   6     4-29    1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 21st June 2009
1   Atlanta Silverbacks               8   8   0   0   20-1    24
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic              7   4   2   1   13-6    14
3   Hampton Roads Piranhas      7   4   0   3    12-9    12
4   Charlotte Lady Eagles          7   3   2   2    13-10   11
5   Cary Lady Clarets                8   3   1   4    12-13   10
6   Northern Virginia Majestics   7   1   0   6     2-11    3
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny     8   0   1   7     6-28    1

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 21st June 2009
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    7   6   1   0   18-5    19
2   Long Island Rough Riders                    9   5   1   3   20-7    16
3   Washington Freedom                          6    5   0   1   22-5    15
4   Boston Renegades                              8    4   2   2   12-7    14
5   New Jersey Wildcats                           8    4   1   3   10-11  13
6   Connecticut Passion                            7    2   1   4    8-14     7
7   New York Magic                                  8   1   2   5    4-26     5
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  9   0   0   9    4-23    -3
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 21st June 2009
1   Seattle Sounders            6   3   3   0   9-5    12
2   Pali Blues                      6   3   3   0   8-4    12
3   Real Colorado Cougars    8   2   2   4   8-10    8
4   Colorado Force               6   1   4   1   7-6     7
5   Vancouver Whitecaps      6   1   4   1   7-7     7
6   Ventura County Fusion    5   1   2   2   6-9     5
7   Los Angeles Legends       7   1   2   4  7-11    5
Title: Re: W League
Post by: cardy on June 28, 2009, 11:26:21 PM
It looks like the season is coming to an end.  Are there playoffs and if so when do they take place?
And there are an uneven number of 'conferences' (?) anyone know how that works
Title: Re: W League
Post by: shlj on June 29, 2009, 12:08:14 AM
Last regular season games seem to be 19th of July.

Play off plan :

http://www.uslsoccer.com/docs/home/W-Bracket-2009.pdf
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on June 29, 2009, 07:38:36 PM
It looks like the season is coming to an end.  Are there playoffs and if so when do they take place?
And there are an uneven number of 'conferences' (?) anyone know how that works

Hope this helps from one I posted earlier.
 

Eleven W-League teams will qualify for the postseason tournament in 2009 with the league’s Regular Season Champion (based on point percentage) receiving a bye to the league semifinals. The remaining teams will compete in three conference tournaments in playoff week one July 24-26 to determine the other three league semifinalists for the weekend of July 31-August 1 at two locations. The regular season champion will face the lowest remaining overall seed unless they have played during the season, which would result in a pairing with the next lowest seed. The championship game will be August 7-8, and will air on Fox Soccer Channel.

[Central Conference Playoff Format: The playoffs begin with a midweek divisional playoff game between the second and third-seeded teams in the Great Lakes Division. The divisional playoff winner will join the Great Lakes top seed and the top two teams from the Midwest Division at the conference tournament (top seed has first right to host or host determined by bid). The divisional top seeds face the lower seed from the opposite division in the conference semifinals.

Eastern Conference Playoff Format: The top two teams each from the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions will meet at the conference tournament (top seed has first right to host or host determined by bid). The divisional top seeds face the lower seed from the opposite division in the conference semifinals.

Western Conference Playoff Format: The top two teams meet in a conference championship match.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/294509.html

The arrangements correspond with the set-up in 2008. For the final championship games, the four left standing were:-

FC Indiana Lionesses (Central Conference)
Pali Blues (Regular Season Champions)
Seattle Sounders (Western Conference)
Washington Freedom (Eastern Conference)


 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 04, 2009, 12:06:25 AM
Week 8

Tuesday 23rd June

Western Division
Pali Blues 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Real Colorado Cougars 3 Los Angeles Legends 2

Wednesday 24th June

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 London Gryphons 6

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 3 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Thursday 25th June

Atlantic Division
Richmond Kickers Destiny 1 Northern Virginia Majestics 0

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 1 Boston Renegades 3

Friday 26th June

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 1
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 6 Rochester Ravens 0
Laval Comets 1 Ottawa Fury 1
London Gryphons 0 Buffalo Flash 4

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 1 Colorado Force 1

Saturday 27th June

Atlantic Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Great Lakes Division
Quebec City Amiral 0 Ottawa Fury 1

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 12 (twelve) West Michigan Firewomen 0
Kalamazoo Outrage 3 Fort Wayne Fever 3
Minnesota Lightning 3 Cleveland Internationals 0

North East Division
Boston Renegades 3 New York Magic 3
New Jersey Wildcats 3 Long Island Rough Riders 0
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Washington Freedom 3

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 1 Pali Blues 2

Sunday 28th June

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 5 Hampton Roads Piranhas 3

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 5 Hamilton Avalanche 0
London Gryphons 6 Rochester Ravens 2

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 3 Washington Freedom 4
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4 Long Island Rough Riders 2
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 3 New York Magic 0

Western Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Colorado Force 1
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 05, 2009, 02:17:34 PM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 28th June 2009
1   Ottawa Fury               8   7   1   0    22-3    22
2   Quebec City Amiral    10   7   0   3    21-12   21
3   Buffalo Flash              9   6   1   2    28-7    19
4   Toronto Lady Lynx      8   3   3   2    18-12   12
5   Laval Comets             8   3   1   4     9-9     10
6   London Gryphons     10   2   2   6    18-22    8
7   Hamilton Avalanche    7   2   1   4     9-19     7
8   Rochester Ravens      10   0   1   9    3-44     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 28th June 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven            9   7   1   1    28-5    22
2   FC Indiana Lionesses          7   5   2   0    33-2    17
3   Minnesota Lightning           6   3   1   2    15-9    10
4   Kalamazoo Outrage            5   2   1   2     7-9      7
5   Cleveland Internationals      6   2   0   4    5-17     6
6   Fort Wayne Fever               5   0   2   3     7-16    2
7   West Michigan Firewomen   8   0   1   7     4-41    1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 28th June 2009
1   Atlanta Silverbacks               9   8   0   1   20-2    24
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic              8   5   2   1   14-6    17
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles           9   5   2   2   16-10   17
4   Cary Lady Clarets                9   4   1   4    17-16   13
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas      9   4   0   5    15-15   12
6   Rickmond Kickers Destiny     9   1   1   7     7-28    4
7   Northern Virginia Majestics   9   1   0   8     2-14    3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 28th June 2009
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    8   7   1   0   22-7    22
2   Washington Freedom                          8    7   0   1   29-8    21
3   Boston Renegades                             10   5   3   2   18-11  18
4   Long Island Rough Riders                   11   5   1   5   22-14  16
5   New Jersey Wildcats                            9   5   1   3   13-11  16
6   Connecticut Passion                            9    2   1   6   12-21    7
7   New York Magic                                 10   1   3   6    7-32    6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  11   1   0  10   7-26    0
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 28th June 2009
1   Pali Blues                      8   5   3   0   12-6    18
2   Seattle Sounders            7   3   4   0   10-6    13
3   Real Colorado Cougars    9   3   2   4   11-12  11
4   Colorado Force               8   1   6   1   9-8      9
5   Vancouver Whitecaps      8   1   5   2   9-10     8
6   Ventura County Fusion    6   1   2   3   7-11     5
7   Los Angeles Legends       8   1   2   5  9-14     5
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 06, 2009, 05:13:27 PM
Week 9

Monday 29th June

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 0 Ventura County Fusion 0

Wednesday 1st July

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 1 Fort Wayne Fever 2
Minnesota Lightning 0 Chicago Red Eleven 1

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 3
Washington Freedom 2 Boston Renegades 1

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 2 Pali Blues 3
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Ventura County Fusion 1

Friday 3rd July

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay Hellenic 4 Richmond Kickers Destiny 0

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 4 Rochester Ravens 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 4
Minnesota Lightning 6 Kalamazoo Outrage 0

Western Division
Seattle Sounders 0 Real Colorado Cougars 0

Saturday 4th July

Great Lakes Division
Ottawa Fury 2 Hamilton Avalanche 0
Quebec City Amiral 1 Buffalo Flash 1

Midwest Division
Chicago Red Eleven 5 Kalamazoo Outrage 0

Sunday 5th July

Great Lakes Division
Ottawa Fury 3 London Gryphons 2
Quebec City Amiral 3 Rochester Ravens 2

North East Division
New York Magic 0 Washington Freedom 4

Western Division
Pali Blues 4 Ventura County Fusion 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Real Colorado Cougars 1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 15, 2009, 01:19:19 AM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 5th July 2009
1   Ottawa Fury              10   9   1   0    27-5    28
2   Quebec City Amiral    12   8   1   3    25-15   25
3   Buffalo Flash            10   6   2   2    29-8     20
4   Laval Comets            10   5   1   4    14-9     16
5   Toronto Lady Lynx      9   3   3   3    18-13   12
6   London Gryphons      11   2   2   7    20-25    8
7   Hamilton Avalanche    8    2   1   5     9-21     7
8   Rochester Ravens      12   0   1  11    5-51     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 5th July 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven          11   9   1   1    34-5    28
2   FC Indiana Lionesses          8   6   2   0    37-2    20
3   Minnesota Lightning           8   4   1   3    21-10   13
4   Kalamazoo Outrage            7   2   1   4     7-20     7
5   Cleveland Internationals      8   2   0   6    6-23     6
6   Fort Wayne Fever               6   1   2   3     9-17    5
7   West Michigan Firewomen   8   0   1   7     4-41    1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 5th July 2009
1   Atlanta Silverbacks               9   8   0   1   20-2    24
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic              9   6   2   1   18-6    20
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles           9   5   2   2   16-10   17
4   Cary Lady Clarets                9   4   1   4    17-16   13
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas      9   4   0   5    15-15   12
6   Rickmond Kickers Destiny   10   1   1   8     7-32    4
7   Northern Virginia Majestics   9   1   0   8     2-14    3

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 5th July 2009
1   Washington Freedom                         10    9   0   1  35-9    27
2   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    9   8   1   0   25-7    25
3   Boston Renegades                             11   5   3   3   19-13  18
4   Long Island Rough Riders                   11   5   1   5   22-14  16
5   New Jersey Wildcats                           10   5   1   4   13-14  16
6   Connecticut Passion                            9    2   1   6   12-21    7
7   New York Magic                                 11   1   3   7    7-36    6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  11   1   0  10   7-26    0
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 5th July 2009
1   Pali Blues                     10   7   3   0   19-8    24
2   Seattle Sounders            9    3   6   0   10-6    15
3   Vancouver Whitecaps     10   3   5   2   14-12  14
4   Real Colorado Cougars   11   3   3   5   12-14  12
5   Colorado Force               8   1   6   1     9-8     9
6   Ventura County Fusion    9   1   3   5     8-18    6
7   Los Angeles Legends       9   1   2   6   11-17    5

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 15, 2009, 03:23:16 PM
Week 10

Monday 6th July

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 1 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 6

Wednesday 8th July

Great Lakes Division
Hamilton Avalanche 0 Buffalo Flash 3
Toronto Lady Lynx 0 Laval Comets 2

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 4 Kalamazoo Outrage 0
Fort Wayne Fever 4 West Michigan Firewomen 0

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 2 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 1 Boston Renegades 2

Thursday 9th July

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 0 Minnesota Lightning 6

Friday 10th July

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Silverbacks 0 Charlotte Lady Eagles 0
Cary Lady Clarets 4 Northern Virginia Majestics 1
Hampton Roads Piranhas 1 Tampa Bay Hellenic 2

Western Division
Pali Blues 3 Colorado Force 0

Saturday 11th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 3 Cary Lady Clarets 2
Richmond Kickers Destiny 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 4

Great Lakes Division
Buffalo Flash 5 London Gryphons 0
Quebec City Amiral 4 Hamilton Avalanche 0

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 1 Cleveland Internationals 3
West Michigan Firewomen 0 Minnesota Lightning 4

North East Division
Long Island Rough Riders 4 New York Magic 1
New Jersey Wildcats 0 Washington Freedom 3
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0 Connecticut Passion 4

Sunday 12th July

Atlantic Division
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Tampa Bay Hellenic 0

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 4 Hamilton Avalanche 0
Rochester Ravens 0 London Gryphons 3
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Ottawa Fury 0

Midwest Division
Kalamazoo Outrage 0 Minnesota Lightning 5
West Michigan Firewomen 1 Cleveland Internationals 3

North East Division
Connecticut Passion 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 5

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 1 Colorado Force 2

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 17, 2009, 11:20:37 AM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 12th July 2009
1   Ottawa Fury              11   9   1   1    27-7    28
2   Quebec City Amiral    13   9   1   3    29-15   28
3   Buffalo Flash            12   8   2   2     37-8    26
4   Laval Comets            12   7   1   4    20-9     22
5   Toronto Lady Lynx     12   4   4   4    21-16   16
6   London Gryphons      13   3   2   8    23-30   11
7   Hamilton Avalanche   12   2   2   8    10-33    8
8   Rochester Ravens      13   0   1  12    5-54     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 12th July 2009
1   Chicago Red Eleven          11   9   1   1    34-5    28
2   FC Indiana Lionesses        10   8   2   0    47-2    26
3   Minnesota Lightning         11   7   1   3    36-10   22
4   Cleveland Internationals    10   4   0   6   12-25   12
5   Fort Wayne Fever               9   2   2   5   13-29     8
6   Kalamazoo Outrage          10   2   1   7     8-32     7
7   West Michigan Firewomen 11   0   1  10    5-52     1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 12th July 2009
1   Tampa Bay Hellenic            12   8   3   1   24-7    27
2   Atlanta Silverbacks             10   8   1   1   20-2    25
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles         11   6   3   2   19-12   21
4   Cary Lady Clarets               11   5   1   5   23-20   16
5   Hampton Roads Piranhas     10   4   0   6   16-17   12
6   Northern Virginia Majestics  11   1   1   9    3-18     4
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny    11   1   1   9    7-36     4

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 12th July 2009
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    11  10   1   0   34-9    31
2   Washington Freedom                           11  10   0   1   38-9    30
3   Boston Renegades                               12    6   3   3   21-14  21
4   Long Island Rough Riders                    13     6   1   6   28-19  19
5   New Jersey Wildcats                            11    5   1   5   13-17  16
6   Connecticut Passion                             11    3   1   7   16-26  10
7   New York Magic                                  12    1   3    8    8-40    6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  13     1   0  12    8-32    0
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 12th July 2009
1   Pali Blues                     11   8   3   0   22-8    27
2   Seattle Sounders            9    3   6   0   10-6    15
3   Vancouver Whitecaps     10   3   5   2   14-12  14
4   Colorado Force              10   2   6   2   11-12  12
5   Real Colorado Cougars   11   3   3   5   12-14  12
6   Ventura County Fusion   10   1   3   6     9-20    6
7   Los Angeles Legends       9   1   2   6   11-17    5
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 24, 2009, 11:00:13 PM
Week 11

Tuesday 14th July

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 7 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Colorado Force 2

Wednesday 15th July

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 5 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1

Great Lakes Division
Ottawa Fury 5 Laval Comets 1

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 2 Kalamazoo Outrage 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Connecticut Passion 2
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4 New Jersey Wildcats 0

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 3 Seattle Sounders 1

Thursday 16th July

Great Lakes Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Hamilton Avalanche 1

North East Division
Washington Freedom 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 0

Friday 17th July

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 5 Kalamazoo Outrage 1

Western Division
Colorado Force 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Los Angeles Legends 2 Seattle Sounders 0

Saturday 18th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

Great Lakes Division
London Gryphons 0 Hamilton Avalanche 3
Ottawa Fury 1 Buffalo Flash 1
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Quebec City Amiral 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 1 Minnesota Lightning 1
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Chicago Red Eleven 3

North East Division
Boston Renegades 12 (twelve) Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
New Jersey Wildcats 3 New York Magic 0
Washington Freedom 4 Connecticut Passion 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 4 Seattle Sounders 1

Sunday 19th July

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 3
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Hampton Roads Piranhas 3

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 1 Buffalo Flash 2
Ottawa Fury 7 Rochester Ravens 0

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 9

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Connecticut Passion 0
New York Magic 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 2
Washington Freedom 7 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 4 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Ventura County Fusion 1 Los Angeles Legends 1

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 26, 2009, 12:40:48 AM
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009 (Final Table)
1   Ottawa Fury              14  11   2   1   40-9     35
2   Buffalo Flash             14   9   3   2   40-10    30
3   Quebec City Amiral    14   9   1   4    29-17   28
4   Toronto Lady Lynx     14   6   4   4    25-17   22
5   Laval Comets            14   7   1   6    22-16   22
6   London Gryphons      14   3   2   9    23-33   11
7   Hamilton Avalanche   14   3   2   9    14-35   11
8   Rochester Ravens      14   0   1  13     5-61     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009 (Final Table)
1   FC Indiana Lionesses        12  10   2   0   63-2    32
2   Chicago Red Eleven          12  10   1   1   37-6    31
3   Minnesota Lightning         12    7   2   3   37-11  23
4   Cleveland Internationals    12   4   2   6   15-28   14
5   Fort Wayne Fever             12   3   2   7   19-40   11
6   Kalamazoo Outrage          12   2   2   8   11-39     8
7   West Michigan Firewomen 12   0   1  11    5-61     1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Atlanta Silverbacks             12  10   1   1   24-3     31
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic            12   8   3   1    24-7     27
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles         12   6   3   3    19-13    21
4   Hampton Roads Piranhas     12   6   0   6    24-18   18
5   Cary Lady Clarets               12   5   1   6    24-23   16
6   Northern Virginia Majestics  12   1   1  10    3-21     4
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny    12   1   1  10    8-41     4

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    14  12   2   0   40-9    38
2   Washington Freedom                           14  12   1   1   49-9    37
3   Boston Renegades                               14    7   4   3   35-16  25
4   New Jersey Wildcats                            14    7   1   6   17-21  22
5   Long Island Rough Riders                    14     6   1   7   28-26  19
6   Connecticut Passion*                           14    3   2   9   18-33    8
7   New York Magic                                  14    1   3  10    8-45    6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  14     1   0  13   8-44    0
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Pali Blues                     12   9   3   0   26-9    30
2   Colorado Force              12   4   6   2   16-13  18
3   Real Colorado Cougars   12   4   3   5   16-15   15
4   Seattle Sounders           12   3   6   3   12-15   15
5   Vancouver Whitecaps     12   3   5   4   15-19   14
6   Ventura County Fusion   12   2   4   6   13-22   10
7   Los Angeles Legends     12   2   3   7   15-20     9
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 01:33:11 PM
Divisional Play-Offs

Wednesday 22nd July

Great Lakes Division Play-Off
Buffalo Flash 5 Quebec City Amiral 0

Buffalo proceeded to the Conference play-offs at the weekend.

Central Conference Finals were held in Indiana

Qualifying Teams
Buffalo Flash
Chicago Red Eleven
FC Indiana Lionesses
Ottawa Fury

Eastern Conference Finals were held in Atlanta.

Qualifying Teams
Atlanta Silverbacks
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Tampa Bay Hellenic
Washington Freedom

Western Conference runners-up Colorado Force and champions Pali Blues met in a Divisional play-off to determine a place in the League Championship final four. Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues already qualify for the finals by virtue of their top overall League record in the regular season.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 01:41:45 PM
Buffalo blasts Amiral 5-0 in opener

Buffalo Flash News Release - www.buffaloflashsoccer.com
Orchard Park, New York - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Buffalo Flash (10-2-3) beat Quebec City Amiral (9-5-1) 5-0 in a second versus third divisional playoff match at the first round stage of the USL W-League postseason to move onto the conference tournament.

The dominant win was the third time the Flash have been victorious at home by a 5-0 scoreline and the seventh time this season that they have scored four or more goals in a game.

In front of comfortably their biggest home attendance of the season - over 500 - the Flash lived up to expectation and put on a performance of some repute, playing in front of their home crowd for the final time this campaign.

And it was Buffalo who came out of the blocks early, with top goalscorer Maria Ruiz lofting her effort just wide, after an impudent through ball from left winger Pamela Conti. The two Mediterranean attackers, along with home debutant and recent Japanese signing Rie Sawai, were putting on a clinic in passing and movement, and the home fans were enjoying the show.

After 17 minutes, good team passing resulted in Erika Sutton hitting the post with a left footed strike.

However, the Flash faithful didn't have to wait much longer to see their new heroines open the scoring.

In the 25th minute, Ruiz headed home Sarah Wagenfuhr's corner, from close range, to notch her 10th goal of the season. Nine minutes passed before Sutton's cross deflected and looped over goalkeeper Marie-Pier Bilodeau, and landed inside the back post, to double the scoring.

The Flash were well worth their 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the goal action intensified further. On the hour, Ruiz bent a curling 20-yard shot which was tipped onto the crossbar, before bouncing down and out, only for the advancing right midfielder Sutton to tap home her second of the game and sixth of the season.

With 12 minutes remaining, substitute Jacquelyn Lacek was on the spot to pick up the pieces and slot away her second goal of the season, after a Jamie Craft run had beaten the Amiral offside trap.

In truth, the Flash could have come close to double figures, but they had to settle with Craft's breakaway finish on 82 minutes, rounding off the scoring for the evening, to end 5-0, and give the Flash fans a joyous farewell until next season.

Another stellar defensive display from the Flash back four of Alexandra Sahlen, Kimberly Brandao, Katarina Tarr and Lena Mosebo, meant that Amanda Becker, was once again, well protected in goal, and an eighth shut out of the season was achieved.

Buffalo will now travel on Thursday to take on undefeated FC Indiana Lionesses, who host the Central Conference Final Four, in a Friday evening conference semifinal match-up at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana.

The Lionesses are coming off the back of a 9-0 win over West Michigan Firewomen in their last Midwest Divisional game and a 10-0-2 regular season in which they've scored 63 goals and conceded only two. Their perfect home record saw them score 38 goals, while remarkably conceding none, in their six games.

The match-up between the only two full time professional USL W-League teams should be a mouth-watering one.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/349779.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 01:55:23 PM
Conference Play-Offs

Friday 24th July

Central Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Lafayette, Indiana)
Buffalo Flash 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 3
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Ottawa Fury 4

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Atlanta)
Atlanta Sllverbacks 1 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Washington Freedom 2
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: shlj on July 28, 2009, 02:16:53 PM
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Ottawa Fury 4
A lot of Premier League goalscorers in that game :

    
Ottawa downs Chicago 4-2
Fury return to conference final to play FC Indiana

Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Ottawa Fury Women put themselves one step closer to that elusive W-League title with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Red Eleven in the Conference Semifinals.

Two goals, assist for Hearn in win

The Fury found themselves down 1-0 early, but Michelle Evans and Amber Hearn got them back on track before halftime and Ottawa added two more in the second half before Chicago tallied late sealing a 4-2 win and a place in Sunday's Conference Final against the 2008 league finalist FC Indiana Lionesses, who blanked the Buffalo Flash 3-0 later in the evening.

Ottawa returned to Indiana for a second straight year, but found themselves trailing after 11 minutes when Gemma Davison notched her seventh of the season putting the Fury on notice early.

Michelle Evans responded in the 20th minute direct from a free kick that pulled Ottawa even with her seventh of the season.

Building on the momentum from the tying goal the Fury continued to press and were rewarded in the 31st minute when Amber Hearn tallied from close range putting the Fury ahead going into halftime.

The second half opened with both teams battling to set the tone. With scoring chances sparse Amber Hearn blasted home her second of the night from 35 yards out giving the Fury a two-goal cushion after 76 minutes.

Six minutes later Hearn continued her dominance of the Chicago defence this time passing to Tina Romagnuolo, who hammered home the cross for a 4-1 Fury lead.

A Fanta Cooper cross in the 90th minute deceived Fury keeper Jasmine Phillips at the far post cutting the lead to 4-2, but that was all the damage that Chicago would be able to muster against the Fury, who are hoping that the third time is the charm as they look to win the conference title for the first time in three years.

Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 04:45:43 PM
FC Indiana Downs Buffalo, 3-0

Lionesses earn rematch with Fury, Sunday
FC Indiana Press Release - www.fcindiana.com

Friday, July 24, 2009
Lafayette, Indiana

FC Indiana moved their season record to 11-0-2 on Friday night when they blanked the Buffalo Flash (9-6-1) 3-0 at Jefferson HS in Lafayette, Indiana. FC Indiana had the better of the possession and chances in the fast paced first half, as Fatima Leyva scored twice and Laura Del Rio added one goal.

At the other end of the pitch, FC Indiana goal keeper Shannon Lynn made two saves in each half to register his eleventh clean sheet of the season.

Lionesses captain Fatima Leyva continued her outstanding play in midfield and created several first half opportunities that should have been better dealt with by her strikers. After missing an open goal from close range, the Lionesses finally got on the board in the 13th minute when Leyva scored on a direct free kick giving Buffalo keeper Amanda Becker no chance from 21 yards out.

Monica Ocampo did all the work on the left flank when she set up Laura Del Rio for a simple tap in the 26th minute to put the Lioness up 2-0. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw end-to-end action while the Flash tried desperately to get back in the game and the Lionesses did the same trying to get the all important third goal to put the game away.

Del Rio made a solo run late in the half and was fouled in the box by Lena Mosebo, who was yellow carded. Leyva took the penalty to make the score 3-0 FC Indiana.

The Lionesses moved forward to a Sunday rematch of last year’s Conference final against the Ottawa Fury.

Goals
13’ Leyva
26’ Del Rio (Ocampo)
45’ Leyva (PK)

Shots: FCI 10, BUFF 9
Shots on Goal: FCI 6, BUFF 4
Corners: FCI 1, BUFF 6
Offsides: FCI 1, BUFF 4

FC INDIANA: Lynn, Moore, Thomas, Luik, Leyva, Carmichael (Gayle 60’), Wilson, Kohn, Smyth (Phewa 60’), Ocampo (Lyons 70’), Del Rio

BUFFALO: Becker, Brandao, Tarr, Mosebo, Sahlen, Wagenfuhr, Sutton, O’Rourke (Lacek 65’), Sawai, Ruiz (Lawrence)75’), Conti (Barbuto 70’)

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Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 06:39:03 PM
SILVERBACKS STUNNED – REFS MAKE GAME CHANGING CALLS
 
Saturday July 25, 2009

The Silverbacks ended their season shocked and dismayed after two calls in the last minutes of the game, ended their season with a 2-1 loss to Charlotte in the W-League conference semi-final.

The Silverbacks dominated most of the game, outshooting their opponents 16 – 3 (2 shots being the goals) and having 8 corners to the Lady Eagles 0. The Backs were finally able to capitalize in the 76th minute when Cortni Joyner delivered a corner into the box and Rebecca Hall headed it in.  With only fifteen minutes to play the Silverbacks continued to pressure to try and gain that second goal.  In the 85th, the Silverbacks were unable to clear a ball at the 35 and one of the Lady Eagles was able to get in on the side of the box.  With an initial shot saved by Michelle Betos, players Marie Yempuku and Christa Mann proceeded to pressure and defend when the Charlotte player took a shot that ricocheted off Yempuku at she jumped to block the shot and placed here arms flat against her chest.  The referee called a penalty and issued Yempuku a straight red.

With the game tied, the Silverbacks continued to push on with only 10 players having just minutes to play before the game would be sent into over time.  In the 88th minute the Lady Eagle pressed as well and took a long service towards the top of the 18 where two players went in for a fifty-fifty ball.  The ref blew his whistle again and spotted a foul for the Lady Eagles at the top of the 18.  Lindsey Ozimck finished her second goal of the night with a shot to the upper right corner.  The game ended just minutes later to a rain of boos from the thousand fans at the match.

The Charlotte Lady Eagles progress to take on the Washington Freedom who beat Tampa 2-1 in the other semi-final. The Conferemce winners then advance to the W-League Semi-Final.

“I think everyone in the stands was shocked, including the referee assessor and league officials.  It is one thing to give a questionable PK in the closing minutes of a match (on video the ball appears to hit Yempuku in the face), it is something completely different to give a straight red when you have another player (Mann) standing right behind her and a goalkeeper right there.  That was just completely wrong and goes against the rules of the game,” commented GM Laura Fedrigo.

“I think we are all simply perplexed and dismayed.  I don’t know how you make those calls and give a game away in the final minutes.  It is unfortunate for our players and our fans to close our season out like that,” commented Fedrigo.  “Charlotte is a good team and we wish them the best.”

“At the end of the day, we play in a very competitive conference and it will be exciting to watch Charlotte and Washington play.  We simply hope the fans come out to support them and don’t hold a referee’s calls against them.  Our entire staff and most of the team will be out to watch and see who wins,” said Fedrigo.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1119&cat=1
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on July 28, 2009, 10:15:06 PM
Conference Play-Offs

Saturday 24th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final  (at Atlanta)
Washington Freedom 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 1

Western Conference Play-Off Final
Pali Blues 5 Colorado Force 2

Sunday 25th July

Central Conference Play-Off Final (at Lafayette, Indiana)
FC Indiana Lionesses 1 Ottawa Fury 2



Title: Re: W League
Post by: charlie on July 31, 2009, 10:07:35 AM
Wednesday July 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday the All-Conference Teams for the 2009 W-League season, honoring 33 of the top players in the league as voted on by team coaches and general managers.
 
Returning to the All-Conference teams from last season are Seattle Sounders midfielder Michelle French (right) and FC Indiana striker Laura Del Rio.

One of the most honored players in league history, 2009 marks the fifth time French has been named to the league’s All-Conference team.

Earlier this week Del Rio was named this season’s Scoring and Goal Scoring Champion.

Among the four teams remaining in the W-League playoffs, 12 players were named to their respective All-Conference teams, with Pali Blues placing the most players, with four.

The W-League semifinals take place this weekend with a coast-to-coast matchup when Pali visits Hudson Valley on Friday, July 31 and a capital city clash when Washington hosts Ottawa on Saturday, August 1.



Central Conference
G Shannon Lynn FC Indiana Lionesses
D Jenny Jeffers Chicago Red Eleven
D Ria Percival Ottawa Fury
D Clare Rustad Toronto Lady Lynx
M Gemma Davidson Chicago Red Eleven
M Jennifer Hance Ottawa Fury
M Fatima Leyva FC Indiana Lionesses
M Rosa Tantillo Buffalo Flash
F Laura Del Rio FC Indiana Lionesses
F Amber Hearn Ottawa Fury
F Caroline Smith Minnesota Lightning
     
Eastern Conference
G Michelle Betos Atlanta Silverbacks
D Casey Brown Boston Renegades
D Ashleigh Gunning Hudson Valley Quickstrike
D Philisha Lewis Tampa Bay Hellenic
D Brittany Taylor Hudson Valley Quickstrike
M Lindsay Ozimek Charlotte Lady Eagles
M Christine Rife Charlotte Lady Eagles
M Megan Tomlinson Atlanta Silverbacks
F Angelika Johansson Hudson Valley Quickstrike
F Jen Parsons Washington Freedom
F Brittany Tegeler Washington Freedom
     
Western Conference
G Katie Hultin Seattle Sounders
D Jenea Gibbons Los Angeles Legends
D Kelli Smith Seattle Sounders
D Leah Tapscott Pali Blues
M Michelle French Seattle Sounders
M Tobin Heath Pali Blues
M Nikki Marshall Colorado Force
M Carmelina Moscato Vancouver Whitecaps
M Nikki Washington Pali Blues
F Iris Mora Pali Blues
F Jodi Ann Robinson Vancouver Whitecaps



Also announced were the players who received the most votes for each team not represented among the All-Conference selections. They were:

Central Conference: Melissa Lesage (Quebec City), Christina Julien (Laval), Jenn Wolbert (London), Heather MacDougall (Hamilton), Casey Zimney (Rochester), Haley Ford (Cleveland), Margaret Allgeier (Fort Wayne), Anna Stinson (Kalamazoo), Courtney Nash (West Michigan)


Eastern Conference: Shaneka Gordon (Hampton Roads), Lindsey Vera (Cary), Mary Casey (Northern Virginia), Jennifer Woodie (Richmond), Robyn Jones (New Jersey), Brooke DeRosa (Long Island), Fortuna Velaj (Connecticut), Courtney McMahon (New York), Rachel Richards (Western Mass)


Western Conference: Taryn Hemmings (Real Colorado), Kay Hawke (Ventura County)


Interestingly Kay Hawke is named too
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 01, 2009, 10:31:35 PM
Pali rallies past Force 5-2

Colorado Force News Release - www.forcesoccer.org

Pacific Palisades - July 25, 2009

After building a 2-1 lead in the second half against the defending W-League champion, the Colorado Force fell 5-2 to the Pali Blues in the Western Conference championship Saturday.

The Force took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on a goal by Nikki Marshall. Pali tied the match in the 75th minute when Christen Press notched her second goal of the match for Pali. The tie score held until the 87th minute, when Pali broke the deadlock on a booming shot by midfield Kelly O’Hara from outside the penalty area.

At that point, Colorado pushed forward to try and gain the tying goal, exposing the defense to Pali’s high-scoring offense. Iris Mora, a member of the Mexican national team, took advantage of the situation to score unassisted goals in both the 90th minute and in stoppage time to close the scoring.

“The girls played out of their skins – it was an unbelievable performance,” said Force Coach Craig Deacon. “Anyone who watched the game would say we were just very unlucky. The score line does not reflect the game at all.”

The loss ends the Force season with a record of 4-3-6, and halted a three-match winning streak. It was the first playoff appearance for the Force since 1998, when Colorado won the W-League’s W-2 national title.

Pali, 10-0-3, will move on to play the W-League’s top regular season team, the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, 12-0-2, of Newburgh, N.Y., in next weekend’s semifinals.

Pali started the scoring in the 11th minute on the first goal by Press, a Stanford University star.

Colorado played a physical first half and created several scoring chances, but couldn’t gain the equalizer before halftime.

The Force got its first goal in the 60th minute, tying the match at 1-1 when Nikki Marshall scored on a crossing pass from fellow striker Shay Powell.

Colorado then took the lead in the 72nd minute on a second Marshall goal – this one assisted by Lisa Franke.

The Colorado lead forced Pali – which has yet to lose in two years of W-League play – to be in the rare position of playing from behind. After Press pulled Pali even, the game appeared to be headed to overtime before the final torrent of goals.

“When you push numbers forward to try and get the equalizing goal, space occurs,” Deacon said. “They (Pali) finished their chances. It’s as simple as that.”

Deacon also thanked Colorado’s fans for their support. “The girls loved it, we had a great time this season,” he said. “We’ll look forward to being back next year.”

Game notes:

Christen Press’s second goal for Pali was assisted by Lauren Cheney, who had just returned to the Blues after playing for the U.S. National Team on Wednesday night against Canada. Cheney also had an assist in that match, a 1-0 win for the U.S.

With her two goals Saturday, Marshall finished the season as the leading scorer for the Force with six goals.

With the win Saturday, Pali stretched its unbeaten string to 27 matches, in which the team has a record of 24-0-3.

Colorado’s two goals matched the most scored on Pali this season. The Blues allowed two goals in two previous matches.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/350742.html
 
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 01, 2009, 10:37:50 PM
Ottawa edges FC Indiana 2-1

Fury win Central Conference championship rematch
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Jefferson, Indiana - Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Ottawa Fury Women are returning to the W-League semifinals for the first time since 2006 after a 2-1 road victory over FC Indiana in a rematch of last year's Central Conference Final.

"It was a very good team efforts," said an extremely proud Fury coach Craig Smith. "I had a good feeling about this game - the girls were focused, played their game and we did what we wanted to do."

Ottawa found themselves trailing early for the second straight game when Nikki Lyons gave the reigning Central Conference Champions a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Just like they did against Chicago Friday night, the Fury responded a short time later when Amber Hearn sprung free Michelle Evans, who crossed for Katie Bethke only to have FC Indiana's Corrie Moore redirect the cross into her own goal, pulling the Fury even in the 14th minute.

Possession Was the key to the Fury's game, which gave them control of most of the first half to end all square at 1-1.

The Fury continued to control play to start the second half and almost pulled into the lead in the 61st minute when Jennifer Hance deflected a Michelle Evans free kick painfully wide of the far post.

Four minutes later on an almost identical play Evans picked out Jennifer Hance again on a free kick, which was touched by Hance and deflected into the FC Indiana goal off a defender for yet another own goal.

FC Indiana had allowed just two goals during the regular season, but now trailed after two own goals.

Carrying a 2-1 lead late into the game, it almost seemed like deja-vu as the Fury led by the same scoreline in last year's Conference Final before FC Indiana pulled even and won in extra time.

This year, however luck was on the Fury side late in the game as a shot struck both the crossbar and post and stayed out preserving the 2-1 victory and the Central Conference crown for the Fury.

The Fury now advance to the W-League Semifinal where they will face a familiar foe in the Washington Freedom.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/350873.html
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 01, 2009, 11:33:54 PM
League Play-Offs

Friday 31st July

League Championship Play-Off Semi Final

Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 0 Pali Blues 4
(at Academy Field, Newburgh, New York)

Saturday 1st August

League Championship Play-Off Semi Final

Washington Freedom 0 Ottawa Fury 0  (Washington won 3-1 on penalties)
((at Maryland Soccerplex Stadium, Germantown, Maryland)

Friday 7th August

League Championship Play-Off Final

Pali Blues 2 Washington Freedom 1
(at Maryland Soccerplex Stadium, Germantown, Maryland)
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on August 01, 2009, 11:47:15 PM
Pali returns to W-League Final

Defending champs win 4-0 at Hudson Valley
Pali Blues News Release - www.bluessoccerclub.com

Newburgh, New York - Friday, July 31, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club showed why they are the defending USL W-League champions tonight at Newburgh Free Academy, defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues by a tally of 4-0.

With a well-balanced effort in every phase of the game, the Blues now advance to their second straight league championship game next weekend.

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

Rain poured down on the Hudson Valley for much of the day, but calm weather conditions fought their way into Newburgh to greet these two clubs with a perfect environment for playoff soccer by the time of kickoff.

Blues goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was tested early when the Quickstrike attack was able to create some opportunities in the opening minutes of this contest, but she and her defense did well to weather that early storm.

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

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

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

Hudson Valley continued to battle, and forward Angelika Johansson nearly got Quickstrike on the board when she created a one-vs-one chance for herself in the 59th minute. As soon as she saw Johansson break free, Harris came out from her post to make a spectacular diving save to stop the run and keep the slate clean.

Rewarding their goalkeeper for her efforts, the Blues made it 4-0 in the 65th minute when Mora set up a Lauren Cheney tally. From that point forward, the Blues defense buckled down to complete the shutout.

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


Washington tops Ottawa in penalties
Freedom advance from scoreless stalemate 3-1 in PKs
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Saturday, August 1, 2009

BOYDS, MD -- The Ottawa Fury's run at their third chance at the W-League Championship came to an end after falling 3-1 on penalty kicks to the Washington Freedom. After a scoreless ninety minutes the two sides played to two scoreless fifteen minute halves of extra time leading to the penalty shootout.


A goal post and a Chante Sandiford save denied the Fury a third trip to the W-League Championship game. The 2007 champion Freedom will move on to the Championship final, where they will face the reigning W-League Champions Pali Blues on Friday, August 7 in Boyds, Maryland.

Ottawa started the game off with great pace and tremendous control. Hearn, Romagnuolo and Moorwood all had chances inside the first fifteen minutes, but were unable to convert.

Jasmine Phillips, who was stellar in the Fury goal, robbed Brittany Tegeler on a breakaway and stymied here again moments later after the Freedom jumped on a Fury turnover. H
ayley Moorwood and Michelle Evans both had chances on goal, but were unable to give the Fury that much sought after first goal. The first half ended scoreless with the Fury owning most of the possession and chances.

Washington started off the second half with several chances and strong pressure, but Jasmine Phillips was there to steady the ship.

Emma Kete broke through in the 55th minute on a breakaway, but was denied by Freedom keeper Sandiford.

Both teams exchanged chances for a period of ten minutes, but both keeper stood tall. Courtney Wetzel made a great individual effort and Sandiford collapsed on the rebound ahead of an out-reached Emma Kete in the 80th minute.

Danielle Johnson recorded the last dangerous chance before the end of time that saw her header deflect just wide off the Michelle Evans corner.

As the two teams headed into extra time it was the Fury who had the best of the chances in the first stanza of extra time as both Evans and Pacheco threatened.

In the second extra time Phillips had to be sharp once again denying Germain in close and stopping a Freedom free kick with less than five minutes remaining.

Amber Hearn fired over the bar from the top of the 18-yard box with time winding down and penalty kicks on the horizon.

The Fury would shoot first in the penalty shootout with Hayley Moorwood rifling home a shot into the top right corner putting the Fury ahead. Sandra Matute pulled the Freedom even giving way to Ria Percival, the Fury's second shooter. Percival beat Sandiford low to the left, but was denied by the post.

Kika Toulouse put the Freedom ahead 2-1 with a shot into the top corner. Courtney looked to pull the Fury even, but was robbed by Sandiford with a diving save.

Caitlin Miskel put the Freedom in the drivers seat scoring to make it 3-1 with the Fury needing to score. Chante Sandiford onced again proved to be the difference denying Michelle Evans, sending the Freedom back to the W-League Finals since they won it all in 2007 after, oddly enough, defeating the Fury.

The Fury Women's 10th Anniversary season draws to a close with another successful year that saw them win a sixth consecutive division title and the Central Conference title, but the elusive W-League title will have to be won another day.

The Washington will look to win their second W-League title since winning in 2007, but will have to defeat the defending W-League Champions Pali Blues who have yet to lose in the W-League since joining last season.

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

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Pali repeats as W-League champs
Blues remain unbeaten through two years, top Freedom 2-1

Friday, August 7, 2009

BOYDS, MD -- Just days away from the US-Mexico World Cup qualifier, it was a Mexican international that proved the star of the W-League Championship Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex as the 2008 champion Pali Blues repeated. The California club came from behind for a 2-1 win a second straight year, downing the 2007 title winner Washington Freedom on their home field on a goal and assist from Iris Mora.


The hosts took the initial lead in the contest in the 14th minute of play from a restart. Washington’s Katherine Watson turned with the ball 30 yards from goal and was headed straight in on goal before being dragged down by Pali defender Kendal Billingsley, who received a yellow card. France’s Sandra Matute nailed a precise free kick just inside the right post from 24 yards to give the Freedom the early lead.

Billingsley made up for the error in the 37th minute on a second consecutive corner from Iris Mora. As the corner came down to the tall defender in the center of the area, she sent a perfect eight yard header into the back of the net to level the game heading to the break.

Aside from the corner on the equalizer, Mora had been relatively quiet throughout the rest of the match after an early chance as Washington kept the clamp on the Freedom’s key striker, who had tallied in five of their last six contests, including the playoffs. But in the 86th minute, she found some space all alone in the box. The mistake proved costly for Washington as Kirsty Yallap sent a cross in from the right flank, connecting with Mora, who chested the ball down, turned and fired past Eliza Bennett-Hatton from 14 yards for the winner.

The goal and assist on the night earned the Mexican star the W-League Champion Most Valuable Player honor as she helped lead the club to its second straight title, becoming the third club in league history to claim back-to-back championships (Raleigh Wings 1998-99 and Boston Renegades 2001-02) and the fifth to win two league titles (Long Island Lady Riders 1995, 97 and Vancouver Whitecaps 2004, 06). It is the third title for head coach Charlie Naimo, who also led the New Jersey Wildcats to the championship in 2005.

“It feels so good to have two undefeated seasons, and I am so happy for our girls,” Pali head Charlie Naimo commented after taking his third crown as a coach in four championship appearances. “It’s such a fantastic feeling, and you couldn’t ask for anymore effort than what has been given by this team all year.”

The second consecutive unbeaten championship season, however, was a first in league history. Although the Blues are among three clubs to post two consecutive unbeaten campaigns in the regular season (Chicago Cobras 1999-00 and FC Indiana Lionesses 2008-09), they are the only club to win the league crown both times. Chicago lost in penalties in the 1999 championship before winning from the spot the following year. Finalists a year ago, FC Indiana were knocked out in the conference final this year.

A quick-paced, back-and-forth contest in the early going, a goalkeeping error nearly gave the Freedom the lead in the first minute of play when a lofted ball into the area slipped through the outstretched hands of Pali goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. The ball dropped to the pitch and a half clearance gave the Freedom a chance on an open goal, but the strike from Jen Parsons went off the crossbar, down and deflected away off the head of the defender standing on the line.

Three minutes later at the other end a through ball right up the middle had Mora on a break, but her first touch around the charging keeper 30 yards from goal was a bit too much as she was unable to recover and the defense was able to shut down the attack.

A fifth minute strike from Jesstine Wolfe went just over the bar from 21 yards out for Washington with Mora getting behind the defense on the other end three minutes later on a cross, but her header flew wide of the target.

With Washington leading after Matute’s excellent free kick, Pali was looking for an equalizer. Just before the 30th minute Rebekah Patrick put a shot over the bar from just inside the box.

Seven minutes later, Billingsley put away the equalizer, however, Washington nearly re-claimed the lead as a missed keeper punch at a corner led to 20 yard attempt from Madison Keller that narrowly missed the opposite upper corner of the goal.

Bennett-Hatton made a huge save at the close of the 56th minute when Pali’s Sabrina DeMonte sent a cross into the area. Yallop dove to get her head on the ball eight yards from goal, but the keeper made a fantastic point blank reaction save to keep it out of the Washington net.

But the heroics were not enough as Mora used her experience to calmly knock the cross down and coolly slot it home for the victory four minutes from time.

“We just did what we had to do, which was to score a goal,” said Mora. “I missed a couple of goals at the beginning. I knew for this game it would be really tight. I just needed to settle, first touch I just thought about one-two. And I saw the ball coming to me, I settled myself, and it was just one-two. That is how it has to be.”

Her performance was expected from coach Naimo.

“No shock, she’s been getting it done all season,” the Blues coach said. “Last week a goal and two assists in the semifinal. Always found a way to get a point in every single game and it’s no surprise to me. Iris was the one that I envisioned pulling us through this one and she did.”

Naimo, who also serves as general manager for the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer, also went on to discuss how he expects numerous players from this year’s squad to also move onto WPS again this year, but finished saying “We are gonna have to reload for a third run.”
Title: Re: W League
Post by: redrobin on March 20, 2010, 12:38:36 AM
Current plans for the 2010 season show a shrinkage from 37 clubs in 2009 to 29 for this summer. Several clubs (or franchises) have folded and others have migrated to the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League). This doesn't seem to be a result of the establishment of the new professional league (WPS) but a fragility of the club league set up in the States at second-tier level. The rival WPSL has by contrast more teams planned for this summer.

Over the last few seasons that this forum has been running, the births and deaths of teams in the two second tier US leagues has been really drastic compared to the English scene. Although many of us worry about the state of our own pyramid, with failures of teams at Combination level, it seems quite stable by comparison.
Title: Re: W League
Post by: Sylvain on June 05, 2010, 08:02:40 AM
Tampa Bay Hellenics seems to have a few English girls this summer:
Ashey Baker, Rachel Fell, and Sox Goodhall.
Siobhan Chamberlain is with the vancouver Whitecaps, Leanne Champ with Pali Blues
Title: Play-off time
Post by: Sylvain on July 28, 2010, 12:21:49 PM
Atlanta Silverbacks - Buffalo Flash
Vancouver Whitecaps - Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues

Loads of English players involved in those play-off :

Buffalo has Eartha Pond, Annie Heatherson, Gemma Davison and Katie Holtham on their roster.
Vancouver has Siobhan Chamberlain
Title: Re: W League
Post by: charlie on July 30, 2010, 02:45:48 PM
Looks Like Buffalo Flash are through to the final playoff with Holtam Heatherson Davison and Pond.  On Saturday by the looks! 8)
Title: Re: W League
Post by: charlie on August 02, 2010, 06:46:06 PM
Buffalo are W League Champions!  Siobhan Chamberlain was the goalie for Vancouver!  Lots of English players taking part. ;D