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Injuries, set pieces haunt Washington Spirit in 3-2 loss to the North Carolina Courage

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An injury to Estelle Johnson overshadowed a hard-fought loss to the league leaders

Despite finally managing to score on the North Carolina Courage after two shutout losses earlier this year, the Washington Spirit still couldn't solve their nemesis. North Carolina completed a season sweep, winning 3-2 thanks to two goals from Jess McDonald and another from Samantha Mewis.

Boston Breakers come back for 2-2 tie against Washington Spirit

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Adriana Leon and Abby Smith did their best to drag Boston to a result.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Morgan Andrews, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Tiffany Weimer

The Boston Breakers went into this game against the Washington Spirit with a much-weakened back line and it showed.

Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit Final Score: Ohai scores lone goal as Dash defeat Spirit

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Kealia Ohai showcased why she's among the top forwards in the NWSL.

Kealia Ohai showcased why she's one of the best forwards in the league. The Dash captain scored the lone goal of the match to lead Houston to their second win of the season against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

Notes from the Washington Spirit's intrasquad game

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With the season opener under two weeks away, the Spirit split into two teams for a scrimmage

The Washington Spirit had planned a preseason game Saturday against the University of North Carolina, only for the Tarheels to cancel due to player availability concerns. With the regular season fast approaching, the Spirit played an intrasquad scrimmage instead.


Where the Indys have landed

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Photo: Michael Long

This time last year, the Philadelphia Independence were entering the end of preseason training. Now, players from the 2011 team—as well as new players who were announced or rumored to be joining the club before the 2012 WPS season was cancelled—are spread all over Europe and the US.

Power rankings drop, H-Burg friendly, Cheeseteaks & more

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Photo: Paul Rudderow


In this week's power rankings roundup, the Union drop everywhere. At Soccer America, the Union fall three spots to tenth. The three spot fall at is to ninth. At SBI, the fall is two spots to ninth while at ESPN the two spot decline is to tenth.

Sky Blue FC 2 – 0 Philadelphia Independence

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Photo: Michael Long

After winning six straight matches to take the top spot in the WPS table, the Independence traveled to New Jersey on Saturday night and played one of their worst games of the season. After a listless first half, Casey Nogueira netted a second half brace to give Sky Blue the 2–0 victory.

Philadelphia Independence 3 – 1 Florida

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cover photo by Michael Long

The Independence downed Florida for the second consecutive week at Quick Stadium on the campus of Widener University. Philadelphia dominated the game much like they did last week, but unlike last week, their finishing could be described as sub par as they only found the net three times compared to six last week.

Philadelphia Independence 6-0 Florida

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The Independence were able to move into second place in the six team WPS with a 6-0 thrashing of the team I will only refer to as Florida. The margin of victory is the highest ever in the 2.5 year old league and only the second time ever a team has scored six goals in a game (the now defunct LA team did it last season).

Western New York Flash 0-1 Philadelphia Independence

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The Philadelphia Independence rolled into Rochester, New York to become the first team to defeat the Flash all season. A 90th minute goal by Danesha Adams was a moment of brilliance in a sloppy game, void of many chances.

Paul Riley continued to tinker with his starting XI, putting out an offensive line up to challenge New York, who were without some key contributors to their victory in Philadelphia just two weeks ago.

Philadelphia Independence 0 – 0 Atlanta Beat

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photo by Michael Long

While the Union were probably content to grab a point on the road in Colorado, the Independence will feel disappointed not to grab all three as they dominated Atlanta but could not find a breakthrough on Saturday night. Atlanta, the bottom team in the WPS standings, came into the game playing for the draw and did well to stay compact and behind the ball for most of the match.

Not this season, more news

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Some of the work that PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian did with Photographers for Hope at the 2010 Homeless World Cup is on display at UEFA's House of European Football in Nyon. You can view photos from the show on UEFA's website.


Jack McInerney talks about his motivation during his recent USMNT U-20 call up and the chemistry he has with Amobi Okugo: "Everywhere we go, we're right there with each other," McInerney said.

Independence vs. Breakers in pictures

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Bench before the match.

The starting eleven.

Coin toss.

Lori Lindsey takes a corner kick.

Estelle Johnson passes it forward.

Two Breakers chase Tina DiMartino down.

Independence huddle before the second half.

Independence lose 1-0, remain in second place

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The Philadelphia Independence traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face defending WPS champions Sky Blue FC on Sunday, a team that they had beaten in their three previous encounters. A win for the Independence would have solidified their hold on second place behind league leading FC Gold Pride, critical for the expansion team's post-season plans because the second place team gets an automatic play-off berth as host in the semi-finals.

Paul Riley

Califf doubts, Williams has faith, Adu’s “whoa” goal, more

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

It seems someone has made a PSP app. Who knew?

Philadelphia Union

Look for PSP's Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union match preview later today.

While Danny Califf and Peter Nowak told reporters that they had put the "miscommunication" flap behind them at a meeting earlier in the week, Nowak indicated at Wednesday's press conference that Califf's status for Saturday's game in Chicago was still uncertain.

In pictures: Philadelphia 2 – 1 Sky Blue

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Sunday's match, the last home game of the regular season, was Fan Appreciation Night.

Tasha Kai once again proved why she is essential to this team, scoring the first goal...

...with this shot over Sky Blue's keeper, Jenni Branam.


Union youth, bobble heads and more

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What happens when you have an unexpected week off and all of the teams above you lose? Your power ranking improves. At and SBI, the Union moves from ninth to eighth place while at Soccer America they move two spots from tenth to eighth. At, they hold steady at seventh.

Spot “the drunken idiot” and more morning news

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Three people are facing charges following the flare incident at Wednesday night's victory over Celtic. Two of the three, all of whom are from New York, were charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and were released on $50,000 bail. The third, described by Union president Tom Veit as "the drunken idiot," spent the night in jail to sober up.

Colorado Force

Peetz discusses being drafted by Breakers

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On Friday, Carly Peetz, a defender with the Colorado Force and the University of Nebraska, was selected by the Boston Breakers in the Women's Professional Soccer draft. Her Force teammates, CU's Nikki Marshall and Kansas' Estelle Johnson, also were drafted. caught up with Peetz after she had some time to celebrate being picked.

WPS teams select three from Force roster; DU’s Hemmings taken by Boston

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Three members of the 2009 Colorado Force were selected in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft, including the University of Colorado's Nikki Marshall, who was taken by the Washington with the seventh overall pick.

The Force also had two central defenders drafted. The University of Kansas' Estelle Johnson went to Los Angeles in the third round, and Nebraska standout Carly Peetz was taken in the sixth round by Boston.

Western Conference’s Best 11

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From left: Sally Cole, Brittney Macdonald, Iris Mora, Kay Hawke and Jenae Gibbons.Â
(photos by Tom Auclair, Zane Tanner, George Tanner/

I enjoyed the 2009 W-League season so much that I decided to put together an all-conference team based on the games we covered at ColoradoSoccerNow.

Force rolls over Vancouver 3-0, claims sole possession of second place

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Colorado Force midfielder Lisa Kosena traps a pass during the first half of her team's 3-0 victory over Vancouver on Friday night in Loveland. (photo by Tom Auclair/

With a shot at the W-League playoffs on the line, the Colorado Force put it all together Friday night.

Game 1: Force holds Sky Blue scoreless in weather-shortened match

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Force midfielder Maggie Doe, right, closes in on NY/NJ Sky Blue striker Natasha Kai during the first half of their friendly on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.Â
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Mother Nature gave them lemons.

Force hosts Ventura County on Wednesday

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The Colorado Force will attempt to win its first game of the season tonight as Brazilians Fabiane Nascimento and Paula Pires and the rest of the Ventura County Fusion visits the Loveland Sports Park.

Pires played for Brazil's U-20 national team in the U-20 World Cup last fall, a tournament that also featured Force midfielder Nikki Marshall.

Depleted Force holds Pali to 0-0 tie

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The Colorado Force was missing some heavy hitters Sunday against the defending W-League champions.

Central defender Carly Peetz was invited to train with the U.S. U-23 national team.

Shay Powell hurt her left knee last week in a 2-2 tie with the Real Colorado Cougars; she wanted to play in Sunday's matinee against the Pali Blues, but the Force kept her out of the game as a precaution.

Late goal helps Cougars earn 2-2 draw

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Jestina Orlando, left, fends off Cougars striker Beth West in the first half of Real Colorado's 2-2 tie with the Colorado Force on Thursday in Loveland. (photo by George Tanner/

Brianne Young scored on a free kick in the 88th minute as the Real Colorado Cougars salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Force on Thursday at the Loveland Sports Park.

2009 Colorado Force, position by position

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As the Colorado Force begins its season at 7 p.m. tonight against Seattle at the Loveland Sports Park, we take a look at the players who the Force will rely on most heavily in 2009:

Kara Linder

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
College: University of Colorado
Major: integrative physiology, interested in pre-pharmacy
—Linder missed most of last season, but Coach Craig Deacon says he has high expectations for her this year.

Marshall, Peetz return for 2009

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Nikki Marshall and Carly Peetz, both recently invited to the pool of potential players for the U.S. women's U-23 national team, will return to the Colorado Force for its 2009 season, and the team will welcome two new players from the University of Nebraska.

The Force, which plays in the United Soccer Leagues' W-League, will open its season against the Seattle Sounders on May 27 in Loveland.